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ICC Pulse Podcast targets pre-disaster mitigation issues

This month we sat down with John Ingargiola, lead physical scientist of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Building Science Branch, and Eric Letvin, FEMA's deputy assistant administrator of Mitigation, to discuss pre-disaster mitigation, a timely topic following the 2017 hurricane and wildfire seasons. Listen to the podcast on our website here or subscribe through Apple Podcast, Google Play or your favorite podcast app. Click here to view the transcript.


Judy Zakreski joins ICC as vice president of Global Services

The International Code Council welcomes Judy Zakreski as the vice president of Global Services. Zakreski brings extensive experience in operations management, business development and government relations as well as a strong knowledge of international trade to her role at the Code Council. In this new position, Zakreski will represent the Code Council internationally and develop global interest in the association, the International Codes, and other ICC products and services. Read more.


The Code Council greatly expands its program to help veterans find jobs in the building safety field

Over the next 15 years, the building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce. The International Code Council launched a new website for the ICC Military Families Career Path Program, which helps veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options. Read more.


Tennessee state chapters hold a joint signing ceremony of their respective 2018 Building Safety Month proclamations.

Join the safety awareness challenge: proclaim your support of Building Safety Month

The Tennessee Building Officials Association, Tennessee Plumbing & Mechanical Inspectors Association and Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association hold a joint signing ceremony of their respective Building Safety Month proclamations on April 10, 2018, at the 2018 TBOA/TPMIA Annual Conference in Kingsport, Tenn. International Code Council Board Director Alan Boswell and Government Relations Lead Senior Regional Manager Mark Roberts attended.

The Code Council thanks jurisdictions, chapters and associations for proclaiming Building Safety Month.


Significant changes to the 2018 International Plumbing Code

In the many building arrangements, especially in residential occupancies, a laundry tub is located directly adjacent to a clothes washer. To provide for economy in installing plumbing systems, an addition to the 2018 International Plumbing Code — Section 802.4.3.1 (Laundry Tub Connection to Clothes Washer Standpipe) — offers an alternative method for connecting a laundry tub drain, without a fixture trap, to a clothes washer standpipe. Read more.


International Code Council Government Relations Senior Director of PMG Resources Lee Clifton (left) was visited at the ICC booth by World Masters Champion swimmer Dr. Jane Katz.

Working together to prevent water-related injuries and tragedies

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) 2018 Educational Conference was held April 2–6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla., and provided a combination of educational opportunities and speakers from many aspects of the drowning prevention community. More than 35 speakers presented at this year's conference, which included a panel discussion on advantages of adopting the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. Read more.


International Code Council Career Development Coordinator Jim Ellwood (center) helped organize the MAIA/BOAG/ICC event.

ICC and chapters come together to train the next generation

The Metro Atlanta Inspectors Association (MAIA), Building Officials Association of Georgia (BOAG) and the International Code Council co-sponsored a booth at the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia's annual Skills Competition and Career Fair to promote the High School Technical Training Program (HSTTP). The event — which drew more than 7,000 attendees, including high school and technical college students, their families and instructors — helped generate a large amount of interest in the HSTTP in Georgia. Recently, the program was approved and promoted by the Technical College System of Georgia, allowing outreach to all 22 technical colleges within the state to implement the program and help develop the next generation of code officials. View more photos from the event.


Addressing strategies of fire resistive construction

Since 1989, fire service leaders from across the nation have traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend Congressional Fire Service Institute's Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner. This year Rob Neale, vice president of National Fire Service Activities for the International Code Council's Government Relations department, will moderate a panel from 3:00–3:50 p.m. on April 18 regarding the Coalition for Construction Fire Safety. Created by several global and national organizations to address the concerning issue fires during construction, the panel will review the work of the Coalition to collect information on these construction fires, analyze their causes and consequences, and develop strategies to reduce the number and severity of fires. Register now.


ICC to present at premier event on Americans with Disabilities Act

International Code Council senior staff architects Kimberly Paarlberg and Jay Woodward are participating in the 2018 National ADA Symposium as presenters on accessibility-related topics.

A premium sponsor of the Accessibility Professionals Association Annual Conference & Expo, the Code Council spoke with accessibility professionals on the latest code publications and documents during the expo in Texas. Learn more.


Robotic precision builds a timber house structure in Switzerland

Swiss scientists have adopted an innovative technique for digital timber construction as part of a real-time project that allows construction and assembly of geometrically complicated timber modules. The load-bearing timber modules — prefabricated by robots — do not require reinforcement plates since the needed load-bearing and rigidity are achieved from the geometric structure. Read more.


What we're reading, following & covering

There's a lot happening — domestically and globally — in building safety, fire prevention, sustainability and resiliency right now. Our aim is to provide busy professionals like you with a weekly run-down of the most compelling industry news stories concerning the safety, science and performance of the built environment.


After 12 years covering the latest building safety, fire prevention, sustainability and resiliency news and events, we hope you enjoy this final issue of ICC eNews and thank you all for your support through the years. We are excited to share that future ICC content will be included in a new innovative weekly e-newsletter — the BSJ Weekly — launching soon.


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