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Online Governmental Consensus Vote to develop the 2018 Group A Codes now open.

After addressing the voting technology challenges from the Long Beach Public Comment Hearing (PCH) in October 2015, the Code Council announced the next step to develop the 2018 Group A Codes — the opening of the Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV). Eligible Voting Members for the OGCV will be all Governmental Member Voting Representatives who were validated for the 2015 Group A Cycle, as well as ICC Honorary Members. Be sure to review the OGCV instructions posted on cdpACCESS. They contain important information on how the OGCV will be conducted due to the Final PCH results being based on a combination of the two-step electronic process ICC utilized to address the voting problems and the in-person Long Beach PCH. The OGCV is scheduled to continue until 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Feb. 21. A second OGCV webinar has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Central. Click here for details.

View the PCH phase two results.
View the Final Public Comment Hearing results.


Don't forget to update memberships for the Group B Online Assembly Floor Motion Vote.

To participate in the Online Assembly Floor Motion Vote following the 2016 Group B Committee Action Hearings in Lexington, Ky., ICC Governmental Memberships must be current by March 18, 2016. Details are available at


Proposed committee interpretation posted for ICC Membership review and comment.

A proposed Committee Interpretation to Section 507.2.1 Type I hoods of the 2012 International Mechanical Code was posted for ICC Membership review and comment on February 5. The review and comment period will end March 6. The proposed Committee Interpretation can be viewed at


ICC recommendations included in federal guide for use of private-sector standards.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published its revised version of OMB A–119, a document that has guided federal agencies' use of private-sector standards since the early 1980s. The Code Council actively participated in the revision process, filing comments with fellow standards development organizations through the American National Standards Institute and recommending that new criteria be added to avoid conflicts by preferring the use of standards already widely adopted at the state or local level.


ICC honored with NIBS 2015 Institute Member Award.

In recognition of ICC's collaborative work to promote code administration and application for a safe built environment, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) presented the Council with the 2015 Institute Member Award during Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, held in Arlington, Va.

"I am pleased to accept this award," said Alex "Cash" Olszowy, III, president of the ICC Board of Directors and Building Inspection Manager for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in Kentucky. "We look forward to continuing those efforts and plan to be there side by side."


ICC Evaluation Service: a powerful tool for code officials.

While most fire code officials are familiar with ICC's model construction and safety publications, the ICC offers a variety of additional services that make the code officials' job easier while helping designers and product manufacturers make safety-focused decisions. One of these services is the subsidiary ICC Evaluation Service, which reviews and certifies products, components, methods and materials to ensure they meet the requirements of the International Building Code, International Fire Code, and the other model codes promulgated by the ICC and other organizations. These certifications are similar to product listings often referenced by fire code officials, but more detailed in the information they provide. Read more.


Time is running out to earn 3.0 CEUs in Austin.

Learn from nationally recognized code compliance educators and earn 3.0 CEUs at the Residential Inspection Institute, Feb. 29-March 4 in Austin, Texas. Register now to review the latest inspection tools and learn the step-by-step processes to complete residential building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical inspections in compliance with the 2015 I-Codes.


Code Essentials of the 2015 IECC.

Commercial tenant occupancy changes may trigger review of energy code compliance. Code requirements may change due to a new tenant's finish work for the building space. Similar to the requirement for a change in occupancy is when any previously unconditioned space becomes heated or cooled. That area must comply with all the provisions of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which may require insulation changes as well as the replacement of doors and windows.


ICC and National Storm Shelter Association collaborate on commentary to 500 Standard.

The easy-to-follow ICC 500-2014 Standard and Commentary: ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters includes full text of the ANSI-approved 500-2014 standard and corresponding commentary for each section. The commentary explains the background and intent of the requirements, suggests the most effective method of application, and addresses items revised or added since the 2008 edition.


2016 ICC Chapter meetings & events.

ICC Yosemite Chapter installs new 2016 officers
NFBOA holds education conference in Buffalo, NY
Connecticut code officials turn out for ICC training
NCTCOG holds IBC & IFC workshop
Vermont ICC Chapter training on VT energy code


ICC affiliate sponsors


Training & education opportunities

Permit Tech Institute
Feb. 17-18 | Los Angeles, CA
Residential Inspection Institute
Feb. 29-March 4 | Austin, TX
When Disaster Strikes Institute
April 18-19 | Kansas City, MO
Plan Review Institute
April 25-29 | Baltimore, MD

Upcoming shows & events

International Roofing Expo
Feb. 17-19 | Orlando, FL
March 21-25 | Las Vegas, NV
2016 Committee Action Hearings
April 17-27 | Louisville, KY
Building Safety Month 2016
May 1-31 | Nationwide
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