News & Announcements

News & Announcements

  • ICC engages veterans in the mission of building safety

    The International Code Council is leading a new initiative, the ICC Military Families Building Career Path Program, to help veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options. Read more

    December 14, 2017
  • ICC 2018 Committee Action Hearings Group A Codes Registration is Open

    This year’s Committee Action Hearings offer code and fire officials, architects, builders, engineers, designers and others an opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the Group A International Codes. The hearings will take place April 15–25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Your expertise is needed! Read more

    December 13, 2017
  • Call for presentations: Global Connections Day 2018

    Share your expertise at the 2018 ICC Global Connections Day on Oct. 24, 2018, in Richmond, Va. The overall theme is Innovation in the World of Building Safety, with sessions focusing on Innovative Methods and Materials in Building Design and Construction and Innovative Approaches to the Building Regulatory Process. Read more.

    December 12, 2017
  • Call for input on ICC standards extended to December 11

    The ICC Consensus Committees on Landscape Irrigation Emission Devices (IS-IEDC), Storm Shelters (IS-STM) and Residential High-Wind Construction (IS-RHW) will be developing the next edition of their respective standards, ICC 802-2014, ICC 500-2014 and ICC 600-2014. The deadline for suggested revisions or additions to the standards has been extended to Dec. 11. If you have suggested revisions or additions, please complete and submit the public proposal form to the ICC.

    December 8, 2017
  • The ICC Eastern Regional Office is closed Friday, December 8 due to inclement weather.

    The ICC Eastern Regional Office is closed Friday, December 8 due to inclement weather.
    The office will reopen on Monday.

    December 8, 2017
  • The Code Council unveils new resources to promote code officials

    The International Code Council launches a new online resource, the Value of the Code Official toolkit. This toolkit helps government officials, Code Council members and others build awareness for the code official’s significant role within their communities, and encourages young professionals to join the industry. Read more

    December 6, 2017
  • The Code Council welcomes three key new employees

    The International Code Council welcomes three new staff members: Helga Alexander, Program Manager of Calibration Laboratory Accreditation for the International Accreditation Service (IAS); Michelle Britt, Director of the Energy Program; and Shannon Homolka, Marketing Manager for the Code Council Training & Education Department and S.K. Ghosh Associates. Read more

    December 5, 2017
  • ICC-ES adds new evaluation services for alternative seismic force-resisting systems

    The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is adding evaluations of alternative seismic force-resisting systems to its extensive list of product evaluations. The company will develop new acceptance criteria based on FEMA P695. Read more

    December 2, 2017
  • The International Code Council applauds the introduction of the SMART Rebuilding Act

    The Code Council supports bipartisan House Resolution 4455, the Supporting Mitigation Activities and Resiliency Targets for Rebuilding Act or SMART Rebuilding Act, sponsored by Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.). This bill aims to help communities rebuild stronger and recover more quickly after natural disasters by incentivizing them to build replacement structures to the most up-to-date building codes available. Read more.

    November 30, 2017
  • Winter is coming. Get ready with new ICC logo products.

    Take advantage of a special, limited-time offer to purchase new ICC logo brand products now for the New Year. Products include the polyfleece jacket, ladies v-neck sweater, softshell jacket, long-sleeve jersey t-shirt, full-zip hooded fleece, computer briefcase and more. The last day to order products is Dec. 3. Learn more.

    November 27, 2017
  • WER Index development continues through ICC-RESNET partnership

    The partnership between the International Code Council and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has been the catalyst for substantial progress in the Water Efficiency Rating (WER) Index. Due to the diligent work of the WER Index task force, RESNET announced that the technical guidelines were finalized and that nearly all the task force work had been completed. Read more.

    November 24, 2017
  • 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. due to nozzle malfunction. The extinguishers may not work during a fire emergency; the nozzles may become clogged and require excessive force to use. Read more

    November 22, 2017
  • ICC to U.S. House committee: Support the Energy Star program

    The International Code Council, along with other organizations that are part of the High-Performance Building Coalition, signed onto a letter of support for the Energy Star program sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce ahead of its consideration of changes to the popular program. Read the letter.

    November 22, 2017
  • Solar Rating & Certification Corporation joins ICC Evaluation Service, LLC

    Today the International Code Council announced that the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) is joining ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES). With the move, all certifications presently conducted and maintained by ICC-SRCC, including the certifications for the Small Wind Certification Council (ICC-SWCC), will be coordinated within the ICC-ES framework. Read more

    November 21, 2017
  • ICC and CALBO raise $30K for California Wildfire Relief

    Thank you! With your generous support, ICC and the California Building Officials (CALBO) reached our goal of matching donations 1-1 up to $10,000 to assist victims of the recent California wildfires. Together we raised $30,000 in the name of local California building departments for American Red Cross disaster relief. To donate, and for more wildfire information and resources, click here.

    November 17, 2017
  • International Code Council welcomes General Code LLC to its Family of Companies

    The ICC welcomes General Code LLC to its Family of Companies, effective November 15, 2017. “This acquisition of General Code will provide a perfect complement to our product and service portfolio,” said Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are strategically aligned with similar missions and goals, focused on safety and serving our members and customers.” Read more

    November 17, 2017
  • Former International Code Council CEO James Lee Witt to lead Wine Country wildfire rebuilding efforts

    Former ICC CEO James Lee Witt was appointed executive director of Rebuild North Bay, a nonprofit launched to coordinate wildfire recovery efforts in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Solano counties in California. Under the leadership of Witt, a former Clinton administration FEMA director, ICC began to emphasize the important role the association plays in building safety across the U.S. and the relationship between building codes and natural disaster mitigation. Read more

    November 2, 2017
  • International Code Council and International Accreditation Service Board announce new President

    ICC and the International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS) Board today announced the selection of Raj Nathan as IAS President. Nathan is replacing C.P. “Chuck” Ramani, who is retiring after a 44-year career in global conformity assessment and construction code enforcement. Read more

    October 31, 2017
  • ICC and Bureau of Standards Jamaica sign a milestone agreement to advance building safety in Jamaica

    ICC and Bureau of Standards Jamaica sign a milestone agreement to advance building safety in Jamaica

    The International Code Council (ICC) and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) recently signed a milestone memorandum of understanding to update Jamaica’s building codes. Under this agreement, ICC will work with BSJ to produce customized building codes for Jamaica based on ten of the International Codes, including the International Building Code, International Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code. Read more

    October 31, 2017
  • Combustible exterior wall “cladding” systems: An ICC perspective

    The tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London brought extensive public focus on combustible exterior wall systems, often called “cladding,” prompting many questions as to how these types of fires can occur and what the risks are of such a fire in the future. A new ICC article focuses on the 2018 International Building Code requirements in terms of fire safety and what to look for in plan review and inspections when cladding is used on a noncombustible wall. Read more

    October 30, 2017
  • Volunteer opportunities available on International Code Council committees

    Volunteer opportunities are available on several distinguished ICC Standards Consensus Committees. Committee members play a key role in the codes and standards development process, and have the chance to share their expertise, build their skills and knowledge, learn more about the consensus process and network with peers from throughout the global community. Read more

    October 23, 2017
  • ICC, CALBO partner in American Red Cross donation match campaign for wildfire relief

    In light of recent devastating wildfires, ICC has joined with the California Building Officials (CALBO) to match funds donated to the American Red Cross up to $10,000 within the next month. Read more and donate here.

    October 19, 2017
  • ICC call for committees: Codes & Standards Council

    The time and expertise of our volunteers are one of the most important assets of the International Code Council. Their participation in numerous ICC committees help shape the Code Council into the world-class membership organization that exists today. This “call for committee” provides another opportunity to serve. Read more

    October 17, 2017
  • Post-Hurricane Building Safety Tips

    As post-hurricane restoration efforts continue throughout the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the ICC offers several building safety tips that will ensure a safe recovery. Read more

    October 6, 2017
  • Award recipients honored at 2017 ICC annual conference

    The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to the Code Council and the building safety industry during the 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from September 10-13, 2017. Read more

    September 26, 2017
  • EPA approves ICC-ES as a licensed certifier of spray sprinkler bodies

    ICC Evaluation Service has been transitionally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the WaterSense program as a licensed certifier of spray sprinkler bodies. Read more

    September 21, 2017
  • ICC has raised more than $110,000 for American Red Cross disaster relief

    Thank you! With your help, ICC has raised more than $110,000 for American Red Cross disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We appreciate your help in supporting our campaign and spreading the word about our efforts. Click here for more information and other ways you can help.

     

    September 19, 2017
  • ICC welcomes Kelly Sadler to Government Relations Team

    The ICC named Kelly D. Sadler, J.D., as its new Government Relations Regional Manager for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Sadler brings 16 years of legislative and private-sector industry experience to serve ICC’s jurisdictions, members and chapters.  Read more

    September 18, 2017
  • ICC-ES PMG Now Accredited to Certify Products for the Mexican Market

    ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) certification is now accredited by entidad mexicana de acreditación (ema) to certify plumbing products to the Official Mexican Standards (NOMs). This accreditation, coupled with our American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council Canada (SCC) accreditations, which ICC-ES has had for years, allows ICC-ES to certify products for the entire North American market. Read more

    September 6, 2017
  • ICC Pulse: ICC Stands Ready to Help with Hurricane Irma

    As Texas and Louisiana deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, threatening to cause major damage in Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas in its anticipated path. ICC is watching the news about the storm as it develops and keeping Florida and all those potentially impacted in our thoughts. Read more

    September 5, 2017
  • ICC 2017 Annual Conference cultivates education, networking, leadership

    ICC will host its 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from September 10-13, 2017. The Annual Conference offers expert insights on building safety, fire prevention and resilient construction through industry-leading educational sessions, special networking events, a range of compelling speakers, our Building Safety & Design Expo and more.

    September 5, 2017
  • The International Code Council’s 2017 Annual Report is available

    We are Many Voices for One Purpose —to serve our members and fulfill our mission to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment. Our members make our continued achievements and success possible. Read about what we’ve accomplished together in the International Code Council’s 2017 Annual Report, now available for download.

    September 1, 2017
  • Hurricane Harvey Code Heroes Housing Network

    ICC is establishing the Hurricane Harvey Code Heroes Housing Network to locate available rooms in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey where volunteers can stay.  If you have a place in or near the impacted area and can offer a room to temporarily house a  volunteer, please contact us. Read more

     

    September 1, 2017
  • Secure your spot at the Plan Review Institute

    Make your plans now for the Plan Review Institute, Oct. 2-6 in Chicago. This five-day event is based on the 2015 International Codes and will include interactive exercises that detail best practices for performing residential, structural and nonstructural plan reviews. Read more.

    August 31, 2017
  • The Code Council Ramps Up Help to the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

    In order to help those in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the International Code Council is pledging to match member, staff and stakeholder donations up to $64,000, made during the next three weeks, to the American Red Cross. We are an association of 64,000 members and counting, and together we can make a difference. Read more

    August 30, 2017
  • How solar energy helps save money — and the future

    The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. Code officials have a critical role in ensuring safe solar system installation. A new training course is helping building designers and code enforcement staff to add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Read more.

    August 30, 2017
  • Dow’s Amy Schmidt Joins Alliance for National & Community Resilience Board of Directors

    The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) and DowBuilding & Construction (DB&C), a business group of The Dow Chemical Company, today announced that Amy Schmidt, advocacy manager with Dow Building & Construction, has joined with the International Code Council, Target Corporation and other key stakeholders in an appointment to the ANCR Board of Directors. Read more.

    August 29, 2017
  • Free webinar showcases powerful codes tool

    Join us for a 60-minute free webinar offering a walkthrough of the features found on ICC’s digital library premiumACCESS. Learn how to use this powerful online tool to get the most out of the codes. The next webinar is Aug. 30 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Read more.

    August 29, 2017
  • IS-BLE/ICC 300 Standard development committee meeting

    Bleachers and grandstands can present a risk. People may fall and injure themselves while walking on bleachers when there are missing or inadequate bleacher components to assist in access and egress, such as aisles and handrails. It’s important to help ensure that bleacher-related incidents do not occur. Join ICC’s Kimberly Paarlberg on August 29 for a teleconference on the ICC Consensus Committee on Bleacher Safety (IS-BLE). Read more.

    August 28, 2017
  • ICC Pulse: Hurricane Harvey Projected to Hit the Texas Coast Soon

    Current indications point to a strong, potentially devastating hurricane reaching Texas by Friday afternoon. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Harvey is quickly gaining strength and is forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it hits the Texas coast later today or early Saturday. The International Code Council is paying close attention to this hurricane as it develops. Read more

    August 25, 2017
  • Join us at the Government Relations Forum

    The ICC Government Relations Department is bringing a prestigious group of speakers to our annual conference in Columbus to discuss several current topics and emerging trends across the country. The presentation topics include a discussion on residential energy efficiency and home energy ratings, how building and energy codes affect realtors and their clients, and the latest on developing science-based tools to measure resilience in our communities. Read more.

    August 25, 2017
  • Hurricane season forecast increased

    The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, but the increasing strength of Tropical Storm Harvey is a reminder that the most notorious Atlantic hurricanes typically occur during the season’s peak from August through October. Read more

    August 24, 2017
  • We’ve changed the way you’ll experience Annual Conference

    This year’s ICC Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo in Columbus, Ohio, will bring together building safety professionals from across the spectrum with plenty of opportunities to advance your career and network with peers in a meaningful way. With this year’s schedule packed full of interesting, educational and fun events, ICC added some new features and made changes to the way you’ll experience Annual Conference. Read more.

    August 24, 2017
  • ICC Site Status Update

    We are experiencing unusually heavy traffic on our website that is causing technical difficulties at the moment. Please be patient with us as we work to fix this issue. Thank you.

    August 21, 2017
  • Code Council launches a new cloud-based testing system for professional certification exams

    The International Code Council (ICC) today unveiled a new cloud-based testing system, Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO), which enables candidates to take ICC certification exams at their convenience on their computer at home, in the office or another secure location of their choice. Read more.

    August 21, 2017
  • Welcome new & renewing providers

    The International Code Council’s Preferred Provider Program opens the door to extensive training opportunities from a variety of educational resources. With more than 300 active in-person and online courses, the Code Council welcomes the Preferred Providers who joined the program or renewed their participation in July. Read more.

    August 18, 2017
  • The passing of former ICC board member Gilbert Gonzales Jr.

    Gilbert Gonzales, Jr. passed away earlier this week on August 12. He was a former International Code Council board member, a Chief Building Official in Murray City, Utah, and a dear friend who will be sorely missed.

    Gilbert was a staunch supporter of the model codes, and he spent much of his life working to better our communities and make our buildings safe. He volunteered countless hours to ICC as a Board member, traveling around the country to give speeches and visit with our members and chapter leaders. His dedication to ICC and building safety will not be forgotten.

    The service will be held Saturday, August 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Starks Funeral Parlor in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more details, read Gilbert’s obituary.

    Dominic Sims, CBO
    Chief Executive Officer
    International Code Council

    August 17, 2017
  • Technical training program is helping students find their way

    The International Code Council High School Technical Training Program works for the industry, for the public and for students who have better prospects and higher wages. Just ask building construction students from Dowell J. Howard Center in Winchester, Va., who worked hard to pass their exam and earn an ICC Certificate of Achievement. Read more.

    August 17, 2017
  • Free ICC premiumACCESS webinar showcases powerful codes tool

    Join us for a 60-minute free webinar offering a walkthrough of the features found on ICC’s digital library premiumACCESS. Learn how to use this powerful online tool to get the most out of the codes. The next webinar is Aug. 16 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Join by phone at (240) 454-0879 (access code 926 319 172). Read more.

    August 14, 2017
  • STEP into the future: ICC-SRCC solar training is shaping the industry

    The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. As more individuals decide to go solar, a new national solar training course is helping designers and code officials grab their market share of this new technology and add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Read more.

    August 11, 2017
  • Last chance to update your GMVRs

    All Primary Member Representatives need to designate their Governmental Member Voting Representatives online by August 11 to be eligible to vote at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2017 ICC Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

    August 10, 2017
  • Garriss receives NASFM President’s Award

    The National Association of State Fire Marshals selected International Code Council Board of Directors President and Georgia State Fire Marshal M. Dwayne Garriss as the recipient of its 2017 President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts and leadership during the past year. Read more.

    August 9, 2017
  • First Certified Sustainability Professional recognized

    The International Code Council launched its Certified Sustainability Professional designation on July 1, and already has its first application from ICC member Ayla Jefferson of Fontana, Calif. Read more.

    August 8, 2017
  • ICC and PEC sign agreement to help modernize Pakistan’s building codes

    The International Code Council signed an agreement with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to support their efforts to update the Building Code of Pakistan. This agreement grants PEC the ability to use ICC’s 2015 International Building Code, International Zoning Code and Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities to modernize Pakistan’s building code. Read more

    August 7, 2017
  • High School Technical Training Program concludes its sixth year

    Students from schools operating the International Code Council’s High School Technical Training Program were among those competing in the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA) in Louisville, Ky. SkillsUSA is a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participated in the week-long event. Read more.

    August 7, 2017
  • ICC and BPI partner to advance building professionals’ training in Texas

    The International Code Council and the Building Professional Institute announced a new partnership that will advance training for building professionals in Texas. Under the new agreement, the Code Council will manage the registration, administration and outreach for training while BPI will focus on the curriculum to better serve the needs of building professionals in Texas. Read more.

    August 4, 2017
  • ICC supports the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017

    The International Code Council supports the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 introduced August 2 by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and Ohio Senator Rob Portman. The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition sent a letter to the senators, cosigned by ICC. This bipartisan legislation authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, a voluntary public-private partnership that offers a simple way for consumers to identify water-efficient products. Read more.

    August 2, 2017
  • ICC and SEIA partner to produce 2018 ISEP Commentary

    The International Code Council and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced a new partnership to produce the International Solar Energy Provisions Commentary. Under the agreement, SEIA will join the Code Council, the ICC Solar Rating and Certification Corporation and the National Fire Protection Association to produce the updated 2018 edition. Read more.

    July 31, 2017
  • Notice to Annual Conference attendees

    The ICC Board of Directors will meet during the 2017 Annual Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sept. 9 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in the Elijah Pierce Room located at 401 N. High Street in Columbus, Ohio. This year, board business has been consolidated to eliminate the need for a second meeting. Attendees interested in attending the board meeting are advised to plan accordingly. Please contact ICC Corporate Affairs/Governance Associate Will Coffman at 1-888-ICC-SAFE (1-888-422-7233), ext. 5243 with any questions.

    July 28, 2017
  • ABM Notice is now available

    The official Annual Business Meeting Notice, which includes important information on the meeting, a call for board nominations and proposed member resolutions, is now available. The 2017 Annual Business Meeting will be held Sept. 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 ICC Annual Conference.

    July 27, 2017
  • Board Actions on Feedback/Comments on the ICC Code Development Process posted

    In 2016, the ICC Board began a formal process to allow stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback to the Board on the Code Development Process. In May 2017, the Board reviewed the feedback and took the actions noted in the report. In response to a request from the Industry Advisory Committee, proposed changes to CP-28 Code Development for the 2018/2019 cycle are being considered by the board. Submit comments to ICCCodeProcessFeedback@iccsafe.org by Aug. 21. Read more.

    July 24, 2017
  • Updated Codes Are Key to Safe, Resilient Buildings and Communities

    ICC Board President Dwayne Garriss and CEO Dominic Sims respond to the recent tragedies of the Grenfell apartment fire in London and the Marco Polo tower fire in Honolulu, noting that ICC is continually focused on preventing the next disaster, regardless of whether building safety is at the top of the news headlines. Read more.

    July 21, 2017
  • EPA approves ICC-ES as a third-party certifier

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) as a recognized Third-Party Certifier under the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule. Read more.

    July 18, 2017
  • Official Annual Business Meeting Notice is now available.

    Official Annual Business Meeting Notice is now available. Includes important information on the meeting, call for board nominations and proposed member resolutions. Click Here to review it.

    July 14, 2017
  • Code Council board acts to resolve conflicting codes on maximum plumbing fixture flow rate

    The International Code Council’s Board of Directors recently took action to resolve a conflict in the upcoming 2018 International Codes related to maximum plumbing fixture flow rates that resulted from the 2016 code change process. The board’s action affirmed ICC’s commitment to ensuring that all codes are comprehensive and coordinated. Read more.

    July 13, 2017
  • Code Council partners with NYSERDA to publish energy commentary

    The Code Council and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released the Code & Commentary to the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State, 2016 Edition, which assists designers, builders, contractors and code administrators in understanding and meeting the energy efficiency goals of New York State. Read more.

    July 12, 2017
  • Code Council holds second annual Chapter Leadership Academy

    Approximately 50 chapter leaders joined International Code Council Board of Directors President Dwayne Garriss, Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims and other Code Council staff for the two-day event in Atlanta, Ga., covering management skills, legal considerations for chapters and maximizing use of social media platforms. Read more.

    July 11, 2017
  • Applications accepted for ICC Board of Directors

    Applications are currently being accepted for individuals to serve on the 2017-2018 International Code Council Board of Directors. Applications, letters of interest and other related information must be submitted by July 13. Elections to the ICC Board will be held Sept. 11 during the Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

    July 10, 2017
  • ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

    The International Code Council released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to buildings for persons with physical disabilities and incorporates new elements of building design. The 2017 standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and was developed through a consensus-based process that brings together all the stakeholders, including disability-rights groups, code officials, product manufacturers, design professionals, and facility owners and managers. Read more.

    June 29, 2017
  • Florida legislature updates code adoption procedures

    On June 23, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 1021 to modify the code adoption process for Florida. This law provides that the Florida Building Commission continue to update the Florida Building Code on a three-year cycle and adopt updates based on the International Code Council’s family of model codes (International Codes or I-Codes) and the National Electrical Code. Also last week, the Commission finalized the sixth edition of the Florida Building Code. The new edition of the state code is based on the 2015 I-Codes and will be effective on December 31. Read more.

    June 27, 2017
  • Opportunities to Learn, Network and Have Fun at the 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio

    Industry-leading educational sessions, networking events, historic building tours, the popular Building Safety & Design Expo, and this year’s keynote speaker Archie Griffin—the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy—are just a few of the exciting highlights of the International Code Council’s Annual Conference set for Sept. 10-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

    June 14, 2017
  • ICC & NAHB Release New TechNotes Series

    The Code Council and ICC Evaluation Service are working with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to distribute the TechNotes series developed by NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee and Innovation Research Labs. The TechNotes series is designed to assist builders in understanding and the applying latest code requirements as well as implementing best practices in order to avoid building performance issues related to interior humidity levels, condensation in wall and roof assemblies, and interior air quality. Read more.

    June 9, 2017
  • The Modular Building Institute and International Code Council Come Together to Accelerate Modular and Off-site Construction

    The Modular Building Institute and the International Code Council are the driving force behind efforts to accelerate the use of modular construction and eliminate barriers in the industry by developing a series of modular-themed guidelines and resources for code officials. Tentative plans call for the ICC and MBI to collaborate on a series of guidelines and standards, including a model administrative program as well as more resources for the use of containerized structures. Read more.

    June 8, 2017
  • International Code Council Welcomes S. K. Ghosh Associates to Its Family of Companies.

    The International Code Council welcomes S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc., a seismic and building code consulting firm located in Palatine, Ill., as part of its Family of Companies, effective June 1. The addition will strengthen ICC’s technical abilities in structural engineering and expand ICC’s technical consulting service for its members and clients. Read more.

    June 6, 2017
  • Code Council’s Swimming Pool Code Plays Key Role in Health and Safety Highlighted in Congressional Meeting.

    As Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of many swimming pools across the United States, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals participated in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security. The hearing was held in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and to call the public’s attention to the importance of taking proactive safety measures in aquatic facilities. Read more.

    June 2, 2017
  • “Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency” is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week Four.

    Code Council Members and partners include scientists who are leading the way in designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring the safety of lives, properties and investments. Read more.

    May 24, 2017
  • “Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency” is the theme for Building Safety Month Week Four.

    Code Council Members and partners include scientists who are leading the way in designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring the safety of lives, properties and investments. Read more.

    May 18, 2017
  • “Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters” is the theme for Building Safety Month Week Three.

    Although we have little control over the occurrence of hazards and natural disasters in our communities, mitigation efforts such as building code adoption and enforcement are strong strategies that can ensure community resilience no matter what Mother Nature brings. Read more.

    May 10, 2017
  • “Building Design Solutions for All Ages” Is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week Two

    There are 76.4 million Baby Boomers, roughly one-quarter of the estimated U.S. population of 320 million. As they prepare to retire, will the built environment be ready for them? Aging in place is not just about the home, and while many like their current homes and intend to remain in them for as long as possible, the aging of the population will affect every interior environment: private, commercial and public.Read more.

    May 3, 2017
  • “Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals” is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week One.

    Over the next 12 years, the industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce. Employers are seeking qualified building trade professionals to fill the positions of retiring employees, and will be vying to hire trained professionals to reinforce their decreasing workforce and to prevent a major job shortage in the building industry. The first week of Building Safety Month will address what can be done to help preserve the industry’s workforce and maintain our high standards for building safety. Read more.

    May 1, 2017
  • 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 ICCCodeProcessFeedback@iccsafe.org.

    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 http://www.iccsafe.org/technical-opinions/.

    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 (members@iccsafe.org) 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 wh.gov/live 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

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