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Final Action Hearings Result in Two New International Codes

Code Council Voting Members took action on proposed changes to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) during Final Action Hearings held in conjunction with the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. The results of the hearings are the first editions of the IgCC and ISPSC will be part of the family of International Codes. Both codes are expected to be published in March. View the results of the Final Action Hearings.

Watch Your Email!
The 2011 Bylaw Amendment Ballot will be sent out electronically this year to all Code Council Governmental Member Voting Representatives and Honorary Members who have an email address on file with ICC (all other eligible voters will continue to receive paper ballots). We encourage all voters to cast their ballot.


Voting Members Elect Board Officers, Directors

William (Bill) Dupler, Deputy Administrator for Community Development in Chesterfield County, Virginia, was elected President of the 2011-2012 Code Council Board of Directors during the 2011 Annual Business Meeting in Phoenix. Ronald E. Piester, Director of the New York Department of State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration, was elected Vice President and Stephen D. Jones, Construction Official for Millburn Township and the Borough of Florham Park, New Jersey, was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Six individuals were elected Board Directors. Click to continue.

Dupler: Looking Forward with ICC

Newly elected Code Council Board of Directors President William (Bill) Dupler told attendees during the Annual Banquet of the 2011 Annual Conference that "only [life] can be lived by looking forward." The challenge for the organization, Dupler said, is not to focus on what has made the ICC what it is today, but what will make it a better association in the future. Click to continue.

Brothers: Throwing Deep Because
It's the Right Thing to Do

During his term, Code Council Board of Directors Immediate Past President Jimmy Brothers often used a football analogy to challenge ICC Members to "throw deep" and be prepared to catch the ball that is the organization's future. "Because our organization's success is driven by you, I have encouraged everyone, including myself, to step out of our comfort zones and engage in all facets of our organization," Brothers said. Click to continue.

A Renewed and Reinvigorated Approach to Customer Service

While the past 12 months continued to present a series of tough economic challenges, ICC CEO Rick Weiland told delegates during the 2011 Annual Business Meeting that the organization’s improved financial status could translate into a series of initiatives that will benefit all Members of the Code Council. Click to continue.

Fixing America's Response to
Natural Disasters

There are things America needs to fix to improve its response to natural disasters, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore' told delegates at the ICC Foundation Luncheon during the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. "How you respond or how you survive is in a direct proportion to how prepared you are," he said. "Disasters are going to happen. The difference is how resilient we are in our communities." Click to continue.

Fugate: Can You Say Your Community Is Resilient?

"It starts with do you have and do you enforce codes that minimize the risks and hazards a community faces," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate told attendees of ICC's 2011 Annual Conference in Phoenix. The keynote speaker of the Annual Banquet discussed the importance of adopting and enforcing safe and sustainable building codes to make communities more resilient to natural disasters. Click to continue.


Ward Recipient of Prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award

Tim Ward, who recently retired from his position as Division Manager and Building Official for the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was presented the Bobby J. Fowler Award during the Annual Banquet of the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. The Fowler Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Code Council and honors the memory of the first chairman of the ICC Board of Directors. Click to continue.

Boswell Presented Code Official of the Year Award

Alan Boswell, Chief Building Official for the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was presented the Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award during Wednesday's Awards Luncheon at the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. The Code Official of the Year Award is presented to an individual whose contribution to the code enforcement profession is meritorious. Click to continue.

Kraus Recipient of ICC Fire Service Award

Ken Kraus, retired Inspector for the city of Los Angeles Fire Department, was presented the International Code Council Fire Service Award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. The Fire Service Award is bestowed to an individual for service, professional abilities and leadership that are exemplary in the development of the International Fire Code. Click to continue.

Falcone Presented Community Service Award

Tony Falcone, who has made building safety his profession for more than 25 years working for jurisdictions and in the private sector, was presented the Code Council's Community Service Award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2011 ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. The Community Service Award recognizes meritorious service that promotes public health, safety and welfare above and beyond the normal expectations. Falcone was recognized for his development of an elementary school outreach program. Click to continue.

Nickson Recipient of Affiliate Award

Ron Nickson, Vice President of Building Codes for the National Multi-Housing Council, was the recipient of the ICC Affiliate Award. The ICC Affiliate Award is presented to a building industry professional who consistently demonstrates the qualities of integrity, professionalism and dedication through service to the profession, and whose personal standards represent the spirit of public service to the development of codes and standards in the interest of public safety. Click to continue.

Piester Presented 2011 President's Award

At the discretion of the ICC Board of Directors President, an individual worthy of special recognition for service may be honored with the President's Award. This year, outgoing Board President Jimmy Brothers honored Ronald E. Piester, who was elected as Board Vice President during the Annual Business Meeting at the 2011 ICC Annual Conference. Click to continue.

Membership Councils Hold First In-Person Meetings

Members of the new ICC Membership Councils held their first face-to-face meetings during the 2011 Annual Conference in Phoenix to discuss their charters, future plans and issues pertaining to their specific disciplines. Items such as future involvement in the ICC from young professionals, use of technology and social media, and how the Councils will facilitate Membership growth were discussed in the two-hour meetings. Click to continue.

ICC Board Member Dwayne Garriss Named Georgia State Fire Marshal

Code Council Board Member Dwayne Garriss, who has served as Assistant State Fire Marshal for the State of Georgia for more than 17 years, and Acting State Fire Marshal for the past six months, will assume the role of State Fire Marshal. Garriss is a 22-year veteran of the State Fire Marshal's Office and is well known and respected by the fire service community. Garriss has served as Chair of the Georgia Fire Safety Symposium for the past 18 years, while concurrently serving on the International Fire Code Council for the past 10 years. Read more.
  Accident Claims Prince William County, Virginia, Code Enforcement Inspector
Tyler Cowherd, Chief Property Code Enforcement Inspector for Prince William County, Virginia, died July 16 as the result of a crash while riding his motorcycle. Cowherd's death left his co-workers at Prince William County stunned and saddened. Click to continue.

Building Safety Journal Online Wins Awards

The Building Safety Journal Online, published as a Members-only benefit by the Code Council, recently won three awards in the FOLIO and MarCom industry competitions. BSJ Online won two 2011 Silver Eddie Awards from FOLIO in the Association/Non-Profit Publications and Best Digital Editions categories, and a Platinum Award from MarCom that recognizes entries judged to be among the most outstanding in the annual contest.

Code Council Members can access the Building Safety Journal Online by logging into the ICC website for access to the latest important building safety information.

  View the Results from the Final Action Hearings in Phoenix
2012/2013 Code Change Cycle Information Available
Updated Building Valuation Data
Building/Fire Code Action Committees Joint Meeting Slated for December 6-7
Code Technology Committee Scheduled for December 1-2
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Plans Examiner | New Braunfels, Texas
Building Inspector | Ada, Oklahoma
Electrical Inspector | Clarkesville, Tennessee
Code Inspector | Miami, Florida
New Legislation to Save Money, Improve Energy in Federal Buildings
USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi Elected Chair of World Green Building Council
Government Professionals Can Find Green Solutions at GOVgreen Conference
New Code Aims to Ensure Green Buildings Really Are Green
Green by the Book: An Interview with Dave Walls
Judge Drops Criminal Cases in Aspen Carbon Monoxide Fatalities
Managing Successfully in a Complex Built Environment
FLASH Director Named to Corporation for National and Community Service
TDLR Creates Brochure, Webpage on Dangers of Abandoned Water Wells
Architects Debate Safety Practices
  California Governor Vetoes Rainwater Bill
Rockford, Illinois, Recognized for Excellence in Energy Code
Washington County, Maryland, to Streamline Plan Reviews, Permits
  Ohio Should Adopt the Latest Green Residential Building Standards
  New Building Official Measures Success in North Haven, Connecticut
  AIA Launches Stalled Project Database
Alaska Coast Battered by Historic Bering Sea Storm
Oklahoma Quake Shows Importance of Being Prepared
Online Civil Engineering Schools
Cantilevered Energy-Efficient BC House Offers Sweeping Views

  VPMIA Named Chapter of the Year; Illinois, Kentucky Chapters Awarded
The Virginia Plumbing & Mechanical Inspectors Association (VPMIA) was named 2011 Chapter of the Year during the ICC Annual Conference. The Code Administrators Association of Kentucky and the Northwest Building Officials and Code Administrators of Illinois were presented with Chapter Merit Awards. Click to continue.
Chapters "Pay It Forward" to Portland
  Government Relations Highlights — November
The Code Council Government Relations (GR) department has once again been abuzz with activity over the past month. In addition to hosting the GR Forum, several Cracker Barrel tables, staffing three membership councils, and the Major Jurisdictions Committee in Phoenix, here are some more behind-the-scenes highlights.
  SMACNA Contributes to Key ICC Code Development Process
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) participated in a recent meeting with the International Code Council (ICC) and several Standards Developing Organizations to discuss how revisions to the Council's code development process have impacted the standards developing community and how the future of code development and digital technology will impact the industry. Click to continue.
  ICC-ES and CSI Reference GreenFormat in ICC-ES Environmental Reports
ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the relationship between the ICC-ES Environmental Program and CSI's GreenFormat. ICC-ES currently references CSI's MasterFormat and other formats in all of its evaluation reports. Click to continue.
ICC-ES PMG Expands Its Business in China, Europe, India and South America
New Evaluation Reports
  IAS Honors Jurisdictions at Annual Conference in Phoenix
The Florida Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Prevention, the first department in the nation to achieve Fire Prevention and Life Safety Department Accreditation, and the city of Greensboro, N.C., Development Services Division, the first jurisdiction in the state to achieve accreditation of its building department, were both honored by the International Accreditation Service during the ICC Annual Conference in Phoenix. Click to continue.
  Record Number of Code of Honor Scholarship Winners Attend Conference
Ninety-four Code Council Governmental Member Voting Representatives - winners of the 2011 Code of Honor Scholarship - attended the ICC Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings in Phoenix. The International Code Council Foundation received 201 applications, with a record number of awards presented to recipients in 33 states and the Cayman Islands. The Code of Honor Scholarship program ensures the I-Codes continue to reflect the consensus view of government officials at all levels by providing funding to Code Council Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to attend Final Action Hearings. Click to continue.

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