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Honoring First Preventers
Ravi Shah‚ Director of Urban Development for Carrollton‚ Texas‚ was one of the first recipients of the Code Council’s Profile Awards. Presented during 2008 Building Safety Week activities‚ the Profile Awards honor code officials and their departments as “First Preventers” and their efforts to raise public awareness of the work of code officials to improve public safety in the built environment.
Shah is president of the Building Officials Association of Texas and also serves on the International Accreditation Service Board of Directors. Read more.
Code Council CEO Rick Weiland (left) and Board President Steve Shapiro (right) present Ravi Shah with a Profile Award during Building Safety Week activities.

Help Keep Decks
Safe This Summer

Co-published by the Code Council and Forest Products Society‚ Manual for the Inspection of Residential Wood Decks and Balconies is the perfect tool for inspectors‚ code officials‚ renovation contractors and homebuilders working with residential decks and balconies built with conventional framing lumber. Chapters include: Preparation for Inspection‚ What to Look For‚ Inspection‚ Analysis and Reporting. The book also provides a “pick test” for detecting early surface decay‚ information on deck attachment issues and a sample report of a comprehensive deck inspection that includes sample calculations‚ deck plans‚ drawings and inspection tables. Order Today!

Green Building
Training Now Available

Jurisdictions around the country are increasingly seeking green solutions and are looking to building departments to provide the answers to sustainable construction practices and building maintenance. Choosing the right solution for local needs can be challenging. The Code Council has just released the following four courses that detail concepts and explore the options and benefits of various green building solutions:

  • 2006 I-Codes and Green Building
  • ICC-700 National Green Building Standard – An Introduction
  • Developing Green Building Programs and Ordinances
  • Green Building and LEED
For more information about these courses, contact Annie Martinez at 1-888-ICC-SAFE extension 4353.

PMG Listing Program
Moves Forward
Current ICC-ES PMG listings are being added with the total now at 20. Listings for plumbing‚ mechanical and fuel gas provide the foundation for a unique program that addresses both prescriptive and innovative products. Click here to read more on the ICC-ES PMG Listing Program.

New Training and Education Curriculum Available

The Code Council is offering a new training and education curriculum that includes special topics on green building and several state-specific topics for First Preventers in Maryland and New York. Click here for more information on these seminars or our many other course offerings.

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In our last issue‚ we incorrectly reported that the Association of Minnesota Building Officials (AMBO) presented the first-ever Brent Snyder Award to New Hope Building Official Roger Axel‚ when in fact it was the ICC Upper Great Plains Region III that bestowed the honor. We also misidentified Patrick Parsley as serving as AMBO Chairman‚ who instead holds the same position for Region III. We regret the errors.

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Volume 4‚ Issue 3

September 2008

Chapters Advocate on Capitol Hill

A delegation from ICC visits Capitol Hill during Building Safety Week 2008 to build support for the CBCAG Act.
Code Council chapters are doing their part to rally Congressional support for the Community Building Code Administrative Grant (CBCAG) Act. The legislation passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote and the Senate version of the bill is now being considered by the Committee on Banking‚ Housing and Urban Affairs.
Council representatives are focusing their lobbying efforts on minority members of the Senate Banking Committee to gain their support for the CBCAG Act. Recent meetings were held on Capitol Hill with Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT)‚ Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN). Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the ranking member on the Banking committee‚ and Code Council chapter members are encouraged to call or write his office urging his support of the CBCAG Act. To contact other members of the Banking committee to seek their support‚ click here. View the list of ICC Chapters supporting the CBCAG Act.
Representatives from the 2007 Chapter award winners were part of the ICC delegation during the 2008 Capitol Hill Day. Here, the chapter leaders relax on the rooftop of the Code Council’s Headquarters office after a busy day promoting the CBCAG Act. Pictured‚ left to right‚ are: Robert Boyer‚ Building Officials Association of Florida (2007 Chapter of the Year); Tina Rakes‚ Heart of America Chapter (2007 Merit Award); Laura Scott‚ Code Council VP Chapter Relations; John Glover‚ Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (2007 Merit Award); and Gary Schenk‚ Washington Association of Building Officials (2007 Merit Award).

Register Online for Annual Conference

Chapter presidents who completed an Annual Report are qualified to receive a complimentary registration to attend the Code Council’s 2008 Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis.
Packets containing complimentary registration information were mailed to chapter presidents. To find out if you qualify for the benefit or to obtain the special “chapter president’s code” number to register online‚ please contact Patty Bond‚ Manager of Chapter Programs‚ at 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233)‚ ext. 7205.

Plenty of Events Planned for Minneapolis

Several chapter-related activities are planned for the Code Council’s 2008 Annual Conference in Minneapolis. The Chapter Presidents Breakfast‚ Leadership Program‚ Regions meetings and Awards Luncheon are all on the conference schedule. Click here for more information.

Chat with the Board President

Code Council CEO Rick Weiland (second from right) and Board Secretary/Treasurer Ron Lynn (right) listen as Board President Steve Shapiro answers a question during the recent Fireside Chat held during Building Safety Week.

Code Council Board President Steve Shapiro will host a Fireside Chat during the Annual Conference on Friday, September 12‚ beginning at 2 p.m. EST‚ 1 p.m. CST‚ 11 a.m. PST. Topics could range from the Council’s continually growing initiatives related to sustainable and safe construction to the Code Official profile campaign‚ the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act or just about anything you’d like to chat about. Click here to register for the next Fireside Chat.

Pay It Forward

“Pay it Forward” is the title given to the goodwill gesture of donating financial support to Annual Conference host chapters from chapters/organizations who hosted the previous year. The tradition dates back to the legacy organizations and the Tennessee Building Officials Association, which for years made it a practice to send donations to host chapters in other states.
Read more about how the “Pay It Forward” tradition serves as an excellent tool for chapters to show their support for one another and to sow a seed for the future.


Chapter Fund-Raising Challenge Issued

The ICC Upper Great Plains Region III is challenging other Region Chapters to participate in an American Cancer Society fundraiser at the 2008 Annual Conference in Minneapolis. The challenge resulted from a discussion at the Region III Education Institute between Code Council Board President Steve Shapiro and other attendees. Since most people either know a cancer survivor or someone who has lost the battle‚ the group wanted to develop a way to raise funds in the fight against the disease.
Region III representatives will be attending other meetings during the conference to present the challenge in detail to chapter members. For those willing to accept the challenge‚ light-blue bags will be provided to each region’s designated representatives that can be carried at the Code Council's Expo to collect donations.

Sponsorships Discounts Available

Show your support as a sponsor of the Code Council’s 2008 Annual Conference! See your chapter logo on a free-standing advertisement‚ in the conference program and at the golf tournament. Sign up today!

Texas chapter members sponsored a hole-in-one contest at last year’s Annual Conference golf tournament. Unfortunately‚ no one claimed the grand prize: a new pickup truck.


Committee Recommendations Approved

The Code Council Board of Directors approved the Ad Hoc Permit Tech Committee’s final recommendations during its recent meeting in Washington‚ D.C. Council staff members were asked to review and respond to the recommendations. The board also decided to maintain the committee’s active status so members will be available to assist staff with the implementation of the recommendations.
Visit the permit techs at their booth during the Code Council Expo at the Annual Conference in Minneapolis.
Click here for a testimonial regarding the importance of permit technicians in the code enforcement profession.

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