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Code Development Hearings

Online registration is open for the Code Council's Group A Code Development Hearings April 28-May 6 in Dallas. As a building safety professional, this is your opportunity to have a voice in ICC's code development process.

Hearing participants will consider proposed code changes to the International Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Private Sewage Disposal Codes. Register today.

Call for Proposals on ICC A117.1-09: Accessible/Usable Buildings, Facilities

The Code Council (ASC A117) Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities will be developing the next edition of the ICC A117.1 standard. If you have suggested revisions or additions to the ICC A117.1-09 standard please complete the public proposal form and submit it to the Code Council. The deadline for this Call for Proposals is July 2. Click here for more information.

Updates to Code Development Process

Ensuring an efficient, effective process to develop high-quality construction codes and standards is central to the ICC mission. As part of its active oversight role, the ICC Board reviewed the Code Development Process, including recommendations made by the Code Development Review Ad Hoc Committee, and made a series of changes to make the process even better.

U.S. Department of Energy Cites IECC

The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program Annual Report cites the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as the national benchmark for development, adoption and compliance of energy-efficient buildings. The BECP Annual Report highlights the shift in the program's emphasis from purely technical support and advocacy in the code development process, to an active and increasingly effective role in assisting the adoption and implementation of the latest version of the IECC by state and local governments.

Florida Proclamations Lead the Way in Recognizing Building Safety Month

Building Officials Association of Florida and Code Council representatives were at the State Capitol in Tallahassee last month as Governor Rick Scott signed a proclamation recognizing 2012 Building Safety Month in the state. State Senator Mike Bennett also presented a proclamation that encourages all Floridians to "take action to learn about the Florida codes and what homeowners can do to ensure that they live in safe, sound and sustainable structures."

ICC Expands Online Download Offerings with AWC Standards

For easy access and application for codes and standards users, the Code Council is collaborating with key standards developers and organizations, such as the American Wood Council (AWC), to make the vast array of construction industry safety standards referenced in the 2012 International Codes available to the building industry on the ICC website.


  Abu Dhabi Code Attracts Big Audience at World Future Energy Summit
The Abu Dhabi International Building Code, produced in coordination with the Emirate's Municipalities and the International Code Council, was one of the main projects presented during the first day of the World Future Energy Summit. The Abu Dhabi code improves the construction standards of buildings, creating more cost-effective structures with greater durability and higher health and safety standards.

  Tornado Survivors Receive Unexpected Gift at New Home
Kevin and Sara Beth Harrison and their children, Sophie and Mason, have returned to Athens, Alabama, after their home was destroyed by a tornado on April 27, 2011. The family was honored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). "Working together to bring these important stories forward is the best way to advance the cause of disaster safety," said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, FLASH President/CEO and ICC Foundation Program Consultant. "We are indebted to the Harrison's for their courage and for sharing their experience so generously." The Harrisons, who are pictured emerging from a safe room where they survived the twister, received an unexpected Christmas gift at their new home: another residential safe room.

  Retired Building Official Noted As the Epitome of Integrity
The director of public services and chief building department official for the city of Everett, Washington, Kirk Brooks entered the ranks of retirement with his department's respect for his sense of fairness and sensitivity for the human element. In particular, during a contentious, protracted, complex code issue, when others seemed to be working against them, it was Brooks who displayed equity and fairness in his efforts to help resolve serious issues.

  iPad Winners Announced!
Ten eligible participants have been chosen to receive new iPads through the Code Council. The iPads include a custom ICC cover and instructions on how to install the ICC Marketplace app and how to download a free set of International Codes.

The winners are: William Dubbs of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Thomas F. Johnson of Northwood, New Hampshire; Brita Van Horne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Thomas Bakken of Hastings, Minnesota; Chris Bridgewater of Brentwood, Tennessee; Travis Meeks of Houston, Texas; Michell Radamaker of Lewiston, Idaho; Leonard DeJoria of Fairbanks, Alaska; Dennis Miles of Birmingham, Alabama; and Wendell Whatley of Asheboro, North Carolina. Congratulations!

  ICC Seeks Nominations for Elected Official, Raising the Profile Awards
The Code Council invites nominations of qualified honorees for two awards that will be presented during May, which is Building Safety Month, at the association's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Raising the Profile Award recognizes an individual or organization for acts or contributions that raise public awareness of accomplishments by code personnel that improve public safety in the built environment. Criteria for the ICC Elected Official of the Year Award include demonstrating a commitment to building code adoption and enforcement and encouraging adoption of codes to improve building department administration and safer construction. Deadline for nominations is February 23.

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Field Inspector | Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio
Building Inspector | Rock Springs, Wyoming
Code Enforcement Officer I/II | Susanville, California
Special Inspector | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fire/Building Inspector | Cortez, Colorado
BOMA, USGBC Update Green Building Report
NEEP Promotes Adoption of 2012 IECC

Finding Hope and Sustainability in Rebuilding Haiti

Expiry of Energy Codes Could Affect Industry

2012 Energy Code Q&A: Property Owners Should Know Their Numbers

A Poor Year for Home Building Ends on Hopeful Note
McGraw-Hill Releases December and Full Year Construction Starts
Public Duty Doctrine: Government Employees Can Be Liable for Negligence
To Save Buildings from Quakes, Architects Try Self-Destruction by Design

Restructuring the Fire Alarm Code: Significant Changes of NFPA 72-2010

  Florida Building Official Punched, Board Member Arrested
Editorial: Codes Could Mean Lower Costs in Mississippi
Colorado Builders, Fire Officials Disagree on Codes
  Seattle's Green Building EVOLUTION
  Lightning Strikes on Ben Franklin's Birthday
Continuing the Public-Private Partnership
Single-Family Construction Up Again
Blog: 2009 International Energy Conservation Code Changes
Counting the Cost of Calamities

  Who Will Be the Next Chapter of the Year?
The 2012 Chapter of the Year competition has officially begun! Each year, the Code Council recognizes chapters for their achievements and for their contributions to ICC, their profession, the industry and to communities everywhere in the name of building safety.
New Hampshire Building Inspector Rouleau-Cote Named Year's Best by NHBOA
Niagara Frontier Building Officials Association Conference
Fire Marshals Association of Utah
  WaterSense Releases New Version of the WaterSense Label
The new version of the WaterSense label replaces the current version designated with the service mark "SM". The WaterSense label is now registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, so the EPA has removed the "SM". The label does not include a registered trademark symbol; however, the mark is still fully protected by its trademarked status.
  ICC-ES Announces Membership of the New Environmental Committee
ICC Evaluation Service selected seven highly qualified members from many applications received to serve on the Environmental Committee that will support the expansion of ICC-ES Environmental Programs.
Register for Live Webcast of February ICC-ES Evaluation Committee, Environmental Committee Meetings
New ICC-ES Evaluation Reports Issued
  IAS Presents to Southern California Fire Prevention Officers
International Accreditation Service's Preet Bassi, Quality Manager, and Greg West, Marketing Manager, presented on the IAS Fire Prevention and Life Safety Department Accreditation Program to the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Association at its January 11 meeting in Beverly Hills, California. The California Fire Prevention Officers Association is part of the California Fire Chiefs Association and a chapter of the ICC.
  Tips on the Road to Success — 2012 Building Safety Month
Begin planning for 2012 Building Safety Month by sharing your event plans on Facebook, securing your proclamation and pre-ordering your 2012 Building Safety Month toolkit. Your participation will bring Building Safety Month to life as we work together throughout May to showcase the important work you do as a community building safety official. Follow these basic steps for a successful campaign.

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