The International Code Council is the global leader in building safety. Global Services focuses on expanding the Code Council’s presence in support of our clients and stakeholders, and on increasing the successful international implementation of the Code Council’s systems and expertise.
Building safety is truly a global objective, and communities throughout the world rely on the expertise of the Code Council in achieving safety and performance in the built environment. The Global Services team works with all members of the Code Council family of solutions to promote our knowledge, resources, programs and services throughout the international building safety community. The work of the International Code Council supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Code Council is proud to be a Strategic Partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration to facilitate international transparency and harmonization in codes and standards that impact the built environment.
The International Code Council serves as the voice of the U.S. building safety and regulatory community in a variety of international dialogues related to safety and resilience in the built environment.
- The Code Council is the official U.S. representative organization to the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC), which provides a forum for international building regulatory bodies to interact and share best practices related to building regulatory systems.
- The Code Council is a participating member of the International Fire Safety Standard (IFSS) Coalition
- The Code Council provides leadership and expertise in numerous other international initiatives to improve the safety and resilience of the built environment worldwide, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, the United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the World Bank’s Building Regulation for Resilience program.
2018 IRCC Meeting, October 2018, The Hague, Netherlands.
U.S. Global Policy Initiatives
The International Codes are developed through the consensus-based process supported and embraced by the U.S. government. In other countries, regulations surrounding standards can become de facto trade barriers, preventing the adoption of standards developed in the U.S. and the use of products that comply with those standards. Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) is addressed in all major trade agreements, and the US Department of Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and National Institute of Standards and Technology invite the participation of U.S. stakeholders in international discussions and activities aimed at harmonization of codes and standards or otherwise reducing or eliminating TBTs. The Global Services team proudly provides support to the U.S. government effort.
Together with ASTM International, the International Code Council is working with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration on a project to promote Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction in the Gulf Region. The program has already enhanced the efforts in the Middle East related to energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety and overall economic growth.
Through a Strategic Partnership with the International Trade Administration, the Code Council works to raise awareness of international standards in construction that are required across the globe, and to promote the use of U.S. building codes and standards to ensure worldwide public safety in construction and infrastructure. The Code Council also supports, leads, and participates in U.S. Government sponsored trade missions and overseas workshops focused on codes and standards including in the Gulf Region and India.
Code Council subsidiaries participate in international coalitions, including:
Global Capacity Building
The depth of expertise embodied in Code Council members and staff is invaluable to countries and jurisdictions overseas that are working to develop and implement an effective building safety infrastructure. The products and services offered by the Code Council and its subsidiaries can become essential tools to help jurisdictions outside the US to develop the capacity to achieve a safe and resilient built environment. The Global Services division, sometimes in partnership with regional or multilateral organizations and development banks, works with jurisdictions to develop customized solutions to address their needs. The Code Council’s products or services are currently used in more than 55 countries, impacting nearly 2 billion people worldwide.
Selected Global Capacity Building Activities
- With support from the Code Council, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is in the process of updating their building codes based on the 2015 International Codes. In 2018, the World Bank commissioned the Code Council to conduct a Training Needs Assessment for the BSJ to assess their readiness to implement the new code and to recommend capacity building activities that will better prepare the country for effective implementation.
- Saudi Arabia. The Code Council signed a licensing agreement with the Saudi Building Code National Committee (SBCNC) which allowed for the development of the 2018 Saudi Building Codes to be developed on the basis of the 2015 IBC, IMC, IFC, IECC, IPC, IgCC, and IEBC. The Code Council is now working with the Saudi Standard, Metrology & Quality Organization (SASO) to create training programs and build capacity in preparation for implementation of the new codes.
- The Code Council, due in large part to the expertise of S.K. Ghosh in seismic risk, was awarded a three-year contract to undertake an assessment of the institutional capacity of the Government of Bangladesh to manage earthquake risk through effective implementation of the new Bangladeshi Building Code. This World Bank funded project will begin in 2019.
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