News & Announcements

News & Announcements

  • ICC Partnership Means Higher Performing Buildings Will Be Easier to Achieve.

    Thanks to a partnership among ASHRAE, the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the U.S. Green Building Council to create a unified green building code that could become the foundation for LEED certification, the resulting “IgCC powered by 189.1” integrated document will become the 2018 version of the International Green Construction Code, due to be published in summer 2018. It will provide the design and construction industry with the single, most effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings. Read more.

    April 26, 2017
  • ICC Code Development Process Feedback Due April 10.

    Feedback received by the Feb. 15 deadline has been compiled into a Summary of Feedback Received, which is posted for comments with a deadline of April 10. Feedback is presented in a logical flow based on code development steps and is keyed to a corresponding number. When providing comments, please cite the feedback number. Submit your comments to

    April 6, 2017
  • New Electronic Voter Validation Site Open.

    The improved International Code Council’s Electronic Voter Validation Site is now open, and all Primary Representatives of current ICC Governmental Members are encouraged to access the new site and validate Governmental Member Voting Representatives (up to the maximum number available for your population). Remember: Voting Representatives must be validated each year and in order to participate in the upcoming 2017 ICC Annual Business Meeting activities in Columbus, Ohio.

    April 5, 2017
  • Call for ICC Awards Nominations.

    Nominations are now being accepted for International Code Council awards to honor individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to ICC and the building safety industry. These awards will be presented at various events, including, but not limited to, the 2017 ICC Annual Conference Sept. 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio. The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s ICC Awards is March 31. View more information on the Chapter/Regions Awards Program.

    March 8, 2017
  • 2018–2019 Code Development Cycle Schedule Available; Call for Committees.

    With the posting of the Final Action for the 2016 Group B Cycle, the 2018/2019 Code Development Schedule is now available. In conjunction with the posting of the 2018/2019 Schedule, a Call for Committee for 2018/2019 Cycle code committees and related cycle committees has been issued. The application deadline for 2018/2019 Cycle related committees is June 1. Also available is a Call for Committee for a new Water Efficiency Rating Index (WERi) Standard with an application deadline of March 17.

    March 7, 2017
  • ICC Board Verifies 2016 Group B Final Action OGCV Process.

    In accordance with Section 10.0 of CP28 Code Development, the ICC Board of Directors has verified a valid 2016 Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) process as certified by the Validation Committee. The Final Action on all 2016 Group B code change proposals, including the vote tallies from the OGCV, are available here. All totaled, there were 577 code change proposals considered during the OGCV.

    January 31, 2017
  • ICC Announces Theme for 37th Annual Building Safety Month.

    The International Code Council Family of Companies’ theme for 2017 Building Safety Month — a worldwide public safety campaign celebrated in May — is Code Officials: Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth. The Code Council will provide several resources to assist communities in promoting Building Safety Month, including strategies on how to set up an event, a fill-in news release, a sample proclamation, kids’ activity pages, and much more.

    January 19, 2017
  • National Green Building Standard™ Update Process Underway.

    The 2018 National Green Building Standard (ICC/ASHRAE-700) development process is now underway. Applications are being accepted for members of the Consensus Committee and Task Groups — deadline for applications is February 6, 2017. The first meeting of the Consensus Committee will be held April 18-19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Stakeholders and members of the public are also eligible to submit change proposals to be considered by the committee for the 2018 standard — deadline for proposed changes is March 1, 2017. For more details, please click here.

    January 9, 2017
  • Proposed Committee Interpretation Posted for ICC Membership Review and Comment.

    A proposed Committee Interpretation to Section R105.1 Required of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) was posted for ICC Membership review and comment on December 22, 2016. The review and comment period will end January 21, 2017. The proposed Committee Interpretation can be viewed at

    December 27, 2016
  • Code Council Applauds Senate’s Passage of Water Bill.

    ICC is applauding the Senate’s passage of a wide-ranging bill that will include $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. “We applaud the Senate’s action and will continuously advocate the built environment’s critical role in providing safer and smarter water use in vibrant neighborhoods and communities,” said ICC Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss.

    December 13, 2016
  • OGCV Sees Significant Increase in Participation.

    In order to accommodate a significant increase in participation, ICC’s 2016 Online Governmental Consensus Vote for the Group B International Codes was extended an extra week and concluded on Nov. 27. The demand resulted in more than 162,000 votes cast by eligible ICC Voting Members during the three-week period. The preliminary OGCV results are available by clicking here. The results are preliminary as the audited process requires certification by the Validation Committee and ultimately confirmation by the ICC Board of Directors.

    December 6, 2016
  • Code Council Responds to Oakland Tragedy.

    The International Code Council expresses its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones who suffered losses at the Ghost Ship artist venue in Oakland, California. This tragedy highlights the importance of adopting current building, electrical and life safety codes. Adopting and enforcing the latest codes and standards is the most efficient and effective method of creating safe buildings and communities. Cities, counties and states should review their safety codes to verify they meet the latest standards, and ensure enforcement of the codes by supporting the important responsibility of their Code and Fire Officials.

    December 6, 2016
  • Assistance Available to Jurisdictions Affected by Wildfires.

    As jurisdictions in Tennessee and other Southern states combat wildfires in the region, assistance is available through the International Code Council’s Disaster Response Network. The network provides building safety professionals an opportunity to volunteer to help affected jurisdictions with building damage assessments, building inspections and other code-related functions. Jurisdictions can request a list of volunteers who can help with post-disaster efforts by calling 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5238.

    December 1, 2016
  • Online Governmental Consensus Vote Extended Until Nov. 27.

    The Online Governmental Consensus Voting period (OGCV) has been extended past Nov. 22 to close on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. The extension is to accommodate the many voters wishing to participate in the OGCV and so that additional resources can be added to the cdpACCESS site. In order to ensure that all eligible voters are well informed and able to participate in the OGCV, a helpful set of instructions explaining the OGCV ballot and voting procedures can be found by clicking here.

    November 18, 2016
  • Code Council Launches New Resilience Alliance.

    ICC announced the creation of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR). Along with two founding partners — the Community & Regional Resilience Institute and the U.S. Resiliency Council — ICC is working with ANCR members from around the globe, including Target Corporation, the International City/County Management Association, Kaiser Permanente, and the National Institute of Building Sciences to create the nation’s first whole-community resilience benchmark.

    November 10, 2016
  • Applications Accepted for the International Accreditation Service Board of Directors.

    The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at 5 p.m. Central. For more information about the application process and to download the application, click here to go to the IAS home page.

    October 26, 2016
  • Code Council Members Elect Board Officers, Directors.

    Code Council Voting Members elected Board Officers and Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Voting Members also elected representatives to sectional and at-large positions on the board.

    October 25, 2016
  • ICC-ES and Innovation Research Labs Create One-Stop Testing, Listing, and Product Evaluation Service for Product Manufacturers.

    ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and Innovation Research Labs have entered into a cooperation agreement in order to better serve the manufacturers of building, energy and PMG products and materials. This relationship enables ICC-ES to bring testing, evaluation, and listing under “one roof,” essentially creating a “one-stop” conformity assessment agency. A key benefit will be the availability of a front-end test plan, agreed upon by all parties, which will speed up the listing and evaluation report process.

    October 7, 2016
  • ICC Prepares for Hurricane Matthew.

    As communities along the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Matthew, the International Code Council is also preparing to assist its Chapters and Members. Today, the Code Council is organizing a conference call to brief ICC Chapter leaders and disaster-response coordinators from all East Coast states on ICC’s Disaster Response Network, ICC resources and additional support available to affected jurisdictions. When activated, the ICC Disaster Response Network mobilizes volunteers to help jurisdictions perform building damage assessments, building inspections and other code-related functions in disaster areas.

    October 6, 2016
  • U.S. Federal District Court Clears Path for ICC Copyright Complaint against IAPMO.

    A Federal Court on Monday cleared the path for ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) to proceed with its copyright infringement complaint against the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc. (IAPMO) when the court denied IAPMO’s motion to have the case dismissed. In a 25-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan struck down IAPMO’s arguments to dismiss ICC-ES’ Federal copyright claims as “unavailing,” noting that side-by-side comparisons of ICC-ES’ copyrighted materials with IAPMO’s allegedly infringing works that were presented to the Court as evidence along with ICC-ES’ complaint, “could permit a reasonable observer to conclude that appropriation occurred.”

    September 20, 2016
  • ICC Board Solicits Feedback on the ICC Code Development Process.

    In 2015, ICC entered into a new agreement with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to develop the 2018 International Green Construction Code. As a result, hosting a Group C code development cycle was not necessary. Since then, ICC has received numerous suggestions on what to do in 2017 since there would not be any code development hearings. Read more.

    September 20, 2016
  • Voting Procedures Available for the Group B Public Comment Hearings.

    The Public Comment Hearings in Kansas City, Mo., are the first step in the process to determine the Final Action on 2016 Group B code changes — Public Comment Hearing voting followed by the Online Governmental Consensus Vote utilizing cdpACCESS. Click here for a summary of the voting procedures published on page iv of the posted Public Comment Agenda, specifically noting how the final action will be determined.

    September 20, 2016
  • ICC Adds to Calls for Committees for New Polyurethane Foam Plastic Insulation Standard.

    ICC has submitted PINS to ANSI to announce the development of a new standard entitled ICC 1100 – Standard for Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam Plastic Insulation. As noted in the PINS submittal, construction codes have requirements for thermal resistance of insulating materials but currently include limited material standards for certain types of insulating materials. Click here for a committee application. Read more on ICC’s calls for committees.

    September 14, 2016
  • NYC Adopts Energy Rating Index Compliance Path.

    New York City joined the ranks of states and municipalities that have adopted the Energy Rating Index, a new compliance path introduced with the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The voluntary ERI option relies on the Home Energy Rating System, which assesses projected energy use in homes and offers a score that conveys energy efficiency. Section R 406 of the 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Construction Code will go into effect Oct. 3.

    September 7, 2016
  • ICC Calls for Committees Provide Opportunities to Serve.

    Volunteers are one of the most important assets of the International Code Council. Their work on the ICC Board of Directors, committees and councils is directly related to the success of ICC. It takes the time and expertise of many individuals working through the numerous ICC committees to shape the Code Council into the world-class membership organization that exists today. Various Calls for Committees have just been posted and provide another opportunity to serve.

    September 7, 2016
  • ICC Board of Directors Candidates Website is Active.

    The Code Council hosts a website for candidates seeking election to the 2016-17 ICC Board of Directors.  Candidates can submit information to be posted on the website for the Membership and Nominating Committee to review.  The Nominating Committee’s report to the Membership also will be posted on the site after nominees are determined.  Board elections will be held during the Annual Business Meeting at ICC’s 2016 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

    August 22, 2016
  • Deadline to Validate Voters is Sept. 19.

    ICC Primary Representatives must validate their Governmental Member Voting Representatives by Sept. 19 to vote at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, Group B Public Comment Hearings, or the online Governmental Consensus Vote that follows the hearings. The Electronic Voter Validation site will remain open through Sept. 19. Questions can be emailed to ICC Membership Services ( or call 888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 33804.

    August 10, 2016
  • ICC-ES Seeks to Fill Openings on the PMG Listing Committee.

    The ICC Evaluation Service is seeking to fill openings on the ICC-ES PMG Listing Committee, for the term starting Nov. 1, 2016, with qualified individuals who will evaluate proposed listing criteria prepared by staff concerning PMG listing products. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2016.

    August 10, 2016
  • Applications Accepted for ICC Board of Directors.

    Applications are currently being accepted for individuals to serve on the 2016-2017 International Code Council Board of Directors. Applications, letters of interest and other related information must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 17. Click here for details. Elections to the ICC Board will be held Oct. 17 during the Annual Business Meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

    August 1, 2016
  • Industry Professionals are Registering for ICC’s Annual Conference… Have You?

    Ever flown a drone at a conference or industry event? Attendees registered for the International Code Council’s 2016 Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings will be able to, and participate in several other professionally rewarding events Oct. 16-18 at the Kansas City, Mo., Convention Center.

    July 11, 2016
  • ICC Supporting and Participating in White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes.

    Code Council CEO Dominic Sims will be among the panelists at the White House Conference on Resilient Buildings, May 10, with the live stream of the introductory portion event beginning at 9 a.m. ET.  The conference will bring increased attention to the importance of codes and standards in achieving a resilient nation. View the proceedings at and follow it on Twitter at @NSC44.

    May 9, 2016
  • President Proclaims May as National Building Safety Month.

    President Obama has proclaimed May 2016 as National Building Safety Month in the United States, encouraging citizens, government agencies, businesses, non-profits and other interested groups to join in activities that raise awareness about building safety. He also calls for all Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities. Read more.

    April 29, 2016
  • Apply for ICC’s Professional Development Council.

    ICC is issuing a call for new members to its Professional Development Council. If you are interested in having a say in the governance of the ICC National Certification exams and/or the ICC Education program, now is the time to apply. The application closing date is June 17, 2016. Read more.

    April 21, 2016
  • Third Edition of ANSI-Approved National Green Building Standard Now Available.

    The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is available for public use. First published in 2009, the NGBS sets the bar for sustainable and high-performance residential construction and provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects.

    April 21, 2016
  • Fostering Water Conservation and Efficiency in our Communities.

    Water sector organizations including the Code Council are participating in several events April 10-16 in Washington, D.C., as part of Water Week 2016. The purpose of the observance is for organizations and industry professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters to ensure a healthy environment. The ICC Family of Companies has several resources available to assist jurisdictions, manufacturers and the public with water conservation and efficiency. Read more.

    April 8, 2016
  • 2016 Group B Online Code Change Modifications Open.

    In the 2015 code development cycle, ICC implemented new procedures that required all modifications to code changes to be submitted online. cdpACCESS is now open for modification submittals. As in the past, the process remains unchanged in terms of how the modifications are introduced and considered at the 2016 Committee Action Hearings, April 17-27, in Louisville, Ky. The only change is how they are submitted, posted and displayed in the hearing room. Click here for instructions. A video tutorial also is available on YouTube. ICC will conduct a webinar illustrating the process on April 11 at 11:00 a.m.

    April 6, 2016
  • Group B Hearing Schedule Now Available.

    The schedule for the 2016 Group B Committee Action Hearings, April 17-27, in Louisville, Ky., is now available for download. The Group B International Codes include administrative provisions for all codes, the structural chapters in the International Building and Existing Building Codes, the building and energy chapters in the International Residential Code, and all chapters in the International Fire, Energy Conservation Code and Wildland-Urban Interface Codes.

    April 1, 2016
  • Bringing Water Efficient Products to Market and Spreading the Word About the Need for Smart Water Use.

    Although 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, less than one percent is drinkable. Recent events such as the Flint, Mich., water crisis and drought in the western United States are shining the spotlight on a growing global issue. The International Code Council Family of Companies has several resources available to assist jurisdictions, manufacturers and the public with water conservation and efficiency. Read more.

    March 22, 2016
  • ICC World Water Day Events Shine the Spotlight on Growing Global Issue.

    With a 100-year legacy of deploying the latest safety measures and technologies into the built environment, ICC is hosting and participating in several events surrounding 2016 World Water Day to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and efficiency. “For decades, ICC’s codes and standards have addressed water-related issues,” says ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO, “and we remain committed to working with our member jurisdictions and industry partners to bring water efficient products to market, labeling new homes and structures as more water efficient, and spreading the word about the need for safe and smart water use.”

    March 17, 2016
  • Proposed Changes to the Group B I-Codes Available.

    The code change agenda for the Group B International Codes is now available. The proposed changes will be heard during ICC’s 2016 Committee Action Hearings, April 17-27, in Louisville, Ky. View the hearing schedule. The Group B I-Codes include administrative provisions for all codes, the structural chapters in the International Building and Existing Building Codes, the building and energy chapters in the International Residential Code, and all chapters in the International Fire, Energy Conservation Code and Wildland-Urban Interface Codes. Registration remains open for the hearings. Click here for details.

    March 9, 2016