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More than 1,370 proposed changes were debated during the 2015 Group A Committee Action Hearings in Memphis, Tenn. View the results. Online voting through cdpACCESS, ICC's new cloud-based system for code development, will begin soon on assembly floor motions from the Group A hearings. The results of the online vote will be included in the Report of the Committee Action Hearing that is scheduled to be posted June 5. Successful assembly motions will result in automatic public comments to be considered at the 2015 Public Comment Hearings Sept. 30-Oct. 7 in Long Beach, Calif.
Citing the devotion of "vigilant guardians" — the building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, designers, builders, tradespeople, laborers and others in the construction industry who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings — Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed May as Building Safety Month 2015 in the state of California.
Compliance with the International Codes provides minimum safeguards for fire prevention and protection in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Other safety measures such as creating escape plans and avoiding careless smoking habits are keys to minimizing damages from fires and saving lives. Since 1980, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign. The theme for week one of Building Safety Month 2015, May 4-10, is "Don't Get Burned—Build to Code."
The provisions for fire protection of floors have been relocated from Chapter 5 to the fire-resistant construction provisions of Section R302 of the International Residential Code (IRC). New language clarifies that the code does not regulate penetrations or openings in the fire protection membrane. (This information is excerpted from the Significant Changes to the 2015 International Residential Code.)
ICC is issuing a call for new members of the Professional Development Council (PDC). 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 1, 2015.
Whether you need training on flood proofing, wood or masonry construction, property maintenance or plan review, ICC and its Preferred Provider Program (PPP) offer the courses you need. Browse more than 100 courses and filter by location, or online or in-person learning. The PPP includes more than 150 providers. This year, 20 percent of CEUs used for an ICC certification renewal must be earned from training by ICC or ICC Preferred Providers. The percentage increases to 40 percent for renewal applications received between January-June 2016, and 50 percent for renewal applications received after July 1, 2016. View all Preferred Provider courses and earn ICC CEUs.
The ICC-ES Evaluation Committee will meet in Los Angeles on June 2 to consider revisions to several existing acceptance criteria (AC). The committee's discussions will include topics ranging from Acceptance Criteria Anchor Channels in Concrete Elements to Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Roof Covering Systems. Registration for the complimentary webcast will be available on the ICC-ES website prior to the meeting. More than 170 attendees from the U.S., Canada, Cayman Islands, Germany, New Zealand and Norway viewed the February webcast. Important deadlines are posted here. Resolution of the items considered will be posted on the ICC-ES website.
For 2015, Code of Honor scholarships will support participation in the Public Comment Hearings Sept. 30-Oct. 7 in Long Beach, Calif. The scholarship application period will open on Monday, May 4 and close on Friday, July 17. Code of Honor Scholarship Program details are available here.
The ICC Board of Directors is requesting nominations for 2015 Honorary Members. An Honorary Member is a person who has rendered outstanding service to the ICC. The Honorary Member Committee will consider submitted nominations when compiling its list of candidates. The Board will present its list of potential Honorary Members for approval by Governmental Member Voting Representatives in attendance at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Richard Bushey's appreciation for building codes began long before his involvement with ICC and well before he joined the Building Officials' Association of British Columbia. It began when he saw a story in a Montreal newspaper about the need for housing for the Inuit, the indigenous, nomadic people of the Canadian Arctic, who were moving "off the land" into settlements. Read more.
Homewood, Ala., Battalion Chief Brian Bonner recently became ICC's 10,000th follower on Twitter, a milestone that garnered him a free copy of the 2015 International Fire Code. Bonner said he became a user about a year ago when his fire department began its own Twitter account, and he follows ICC regularly to keep up with news from the association and the building and fire safety industry. "There is a lot of useful information that is beneficial to our department," he said. ICC's LinkedIn page now boasts well over 5,000 followers, as well. Be in the know about what's going on with ICC and the industry by following us on social media!
The 2015 IBC Code and Commentary is now available. The two-volume set contains the full text of the code, including tables and figures, followed by corresponding commentary at the end of each section. The commentary written by ICC's code experts will assist readers in understanding the intent of the code and learning how to apply it effectively.
Franklin Wilkinson is quickly settling into his new role as Cheatham County's new building commissioner. A certified building inspector, plumbing inspector and mechanical inspector through ICC and state of Tennessee, he was the building inspector for the town of Ashland City since 2003. Wilkinson said plans are in the works for the county to operate under the 2012 International Building Codes (the county is currently under the 2006 codes).
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