ICC Government Relations Chapter Monthly UpdateApril 2019

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Building Safety Month is your chance to showcase the role of code officials in your community

It’s just one month away and momentum is building for the 2019 Building Safety Month and its theme: “No Code, No Confidence.” The Code Council has many Building Safety Month promotional and educational items you can use to promote building safety in your community and the valuable role code professionals perform every day. These materials are at www.buildingsafetymonth.org. Many items are available for download completely free on the ICC online store. Here are a few ideas:

  • Issue proclamations supporting building safety. Have your Mayor sign one and your local Chamber of Commerce. And don’t forget to send in the .pdf of the signed proclamation!
  • Plan an event to celebrate building safety in your community.
  • Make school classroom presentations with materials from the ICC store to hand out.
  • Send a news release to your local newspaper, radio station and television networks.
  • Post on your social media pages using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.

ICC Chapters play an important part in this annual campaign. Be sure to send in any photos, news items or information about the Building Safety Month events you sponsor. We want to feature your efforts in our news outlets! If you have questions or need help accessing any of the Building Safety Month resources, call our ICC Call Center 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233) and press 0, or email chapters@iccsafe.org. Here are the weekly themes for 2019 Building Safety Month:

  • Week 1– (May 1- May 5): Preparing for disasters: Build strong, build smart
  • Week 2– (May 6- May 12): Ensuring a safer future through training and education
  • Week 3– (May 13- May 19): Securing clean, abundant water for all communities
  • Week 4– (May 20- May 26): Construction professionals and homeowners: Partners in safety
  • Week 5– (May 27- May 31): Innovations in building safety

ICC Board, Membership Councils, Major Jurisdiction and PMG meetings slated for Albuquerque

Experience ICC's Code Development Process in action April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque and online. You can provide your input on the latest proposed code changes to the 2021 Group B International Codes®. Check out the Committee Action Hearings schedule here. If you’re planning to attend, don’t wait about registering (it’s free!) and making your flight and hotel arrangements. Register now to participate.

Your participation in the Committee Action Hearings ensures the I-Codes are the best model codes for our communities, but you can also check in with other activities in Albuquerque April 27 and 28:

  • ICC Board of Directors meeting 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
  • A special PMG roundtable discussion titled Mitigating Water Leaks in Premise Plumbing Systems 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the convention center.
  • ICC Membership Councils Governing Committees meetings Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, April 27-28, in their assigned rooms.
  • Major Jurisdiction Committee meeting 8-11 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

Reduced room rates are scheduled to end April 8. Click here for lodging information and scroll down.

Code Council’s popular Chapter Leadership Academy set for June 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Denver

Room block reservations are now available at Crowne Plaza Denver, in the downtown Denver area, for the popular ICC Chapter Leadership Academy June 4-5. Those arriving through the Denver International Airport are advised that they can take the A Line commuter train from the airport to downtown Denver. The Leadership Academy provides training and insights for ICC Chapter leaders and future Chapter officers. Program titles for this year’s event include:

  • Chapter Leader Virtual Roundtable: Next Generation.
  • Best Practices: Implementing the HSTTP Program, followed by a Q&A session on HSTTP experiences.
  • Creating a Building Safety Career Path.
  • Best Practices: Leadership Training.
  • How to Get Ahead When You Can’t Get Away.
  • Roundtable: Chapter Management.

If you and other Chapter members want to attend, you can RSVP by clicking here.

Carvin DiGiovanni puts passion for pool and spa safety to work supporting the ICC Government Relations Department, ICC-ES and business development as a consultant

Communities and households are turning the focus to spring and summer, and for many that includes plans to install a private or public swimming pool or spa. The Code Council has been on top of making sure the construction of pools and spas are done with safety and proper performance in mind since the publication of the 2009 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC). Ten years later, 20 states have adopted the ISPSC, 10 of which as the mandatory pool and spa code and the other 10 as an alternative code for state compliance. DiGiovanni’s role is to work with ICC Government Relations Regional Managers as well as state and local jurisdictions interested in adopting the model swimming pool and spa code. “From my work, I know that pool and spa contractors are looking for insight and leadership. My work is to bring them together with the vision and mission of the Code Council and the ISPSC,” DiGiovanni said. “There are 171 local jurisdictions that have adopted the ISPSC with more on the way.” DiGiovanni said he is eager to answer questions from state and community code officials. His direct line phone number is 703-909-6994, and his email address is cdigiovanni@iccsafe.org.

CPSC awarding up to $2 million grants to help state, local governments avoid pool and spa hazards

A grant application period runs through Wednesday, June 5, to assist state and local governments in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a call for applicants for the 2019 Pool Safety Grant Program made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The CPSC will award up to $2 million in two-year grants to state and local jurisdictions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the solicitation on Grants.gov, under grant opportunity CPSC-19-001. For more information, read the full grant announcement. Questions can be answered by emailing CPSC's grant coordinator Mae Durand at mdurand@cpsc.gov.

April 15 is deadline to submit application for new Off-Site/Modular Construction Standard committee

The International Code Council has issued a Call for Committee and is accepting applications until April 15 for the ICC Off-Site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee. Once appointed, this committee will convene to develop two new ICC Standards; ICC 1200 -202X Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly, and ICC 1205 – 202X Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance. The committee will be appointed by the ICC Board of Directors. Click here to use the committee application link when submitting an application for one or more of the referenced committees. Be sure to use the Committee acronym noted with the call for committee when filling out the application. Click to read more on off-site projects and codes.

May 28-30 are the dates for the 2019 National Energy Codes Conference at Hilton Denver City Center

The U.S. Department of Energy's 2019 National Energy Codes Conference is scheduled for May 28-30 in Denver, Colo. Energy Codes 2019 presents a valuable opportunity to learn about all things energy and is applicable to building officials, designers, builders, policymakers and anyone working in the field. Again this year, the International Code Council is excited to support the conference, which will include a collection of engaging workshops, educational sessions and the latest updates affecting states and localities across the nation. Register today. Conference training workshops begin on May 28 with core Conference programming on May 29 and 30. A limited number of scholarships are available. Priority is given to new attendees, and the scholarships aim to increase geographic diversity in attendees. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit your request

New FEMA rule changes the way disaster factors are assessed and judged for federal relief to states

Gabriel Maser, ICC’s Vice President of Federal Relations, penned a review in an upcoming Building Safety Journal on recent changes that clarify the factors FEMA will use to determine whether to recommend individual assistance awards in response to a major disaster declaration. “Specifically, the rule revises the factors considered from concentration of damages, trauma, special populations, voluntary agency assistance, insurance, and average amount of individual assistance by state to state fiscal capability and resource availability, uninsured home and personal property losses, disaster-impacted population profile, impact to community infrastructure, casualties, and disaster-related unemployment,” Maser reports. “The rule clarifies that no single data point or factor will be determinative of FEMA’s recommendation and that the final factors do not limit the president’s discretion.” Click here to see the final draft of the rule.

Newly released ISO report provides insights how building codes can help prevent losses from disasters

You can download a copy of the National Building Code Assessment Report for 2019 here to review the latest information from the ISO report that examines the code enforcement efforts of more than 25,000 building departments in the United States and offers key insights into how building codes can help prevent losses from disasters. The report was developed by the ISO (a Verisk [Nasdaq:VRSK] business) and its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) team, which assesses building codes in effect and grades communities on both code adoption and enforcement. The report also features analyses of natural hazards and catastrophes in each state and diverse perspectives on catastrophe mitigation. "We have seen heightened incidents of natural disasters during the past few years that have put the nation’s building codes to the test," said Robert Andrews, vice president and chief field operations officer, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation. "Hurricanes, flood, and wildfire have caused billions of dollars in losses across multiple states. Our new report provides valuable insights about building codes throughout the country and how well they are enforced, which is vital information for communities, municipalities, and insurers."

The Rodgers Fellowship established to help building safety professionals further leadership skills

To commemorate Emory R. Rodgers' influence as a mentor and honor his commitment to the codes profession, the International Code Council created the Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship to enable Code Council members to advance their leadership skills by attending a nationally recognized executive development program. The fellowship is available annually to a building safety professional who has embarked upon a demonstrated executive-level career path and wants to further develop leadership skills through an eligible executive development program. The fellowship will afford up to $20,000 to cover the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient's travel to and from the program. Completed application materials must be received June 30, 2019. For more, contact

Member Services Vice President Karla Price Higgs

New school repairs bill requires using latest model building codes and energy conservation codes

The U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor passed the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (RASA) of 2019 (H.R. 865) on Feb. 26, 2019, which creates a $70 billion grant program and $30 billion tax credit bond program targeted to help address significant health and safety challenges in public schools. The bill requires that repairs, renovations and new construction adhere to the latest model building codes and energy conservation codes, as well as WaterSense performance criteria within national model codes. Through these measures, the bill ensures that the federal government’s considerable investment into public schools leverages best practices in hazard mitigation, energy conservation and water efficiency. An American Society of Civil Engineers report found that more than half (53 percent) of public schools require repairs, renovations and modernizations to be considered in good condition. Click here for more.

ICC and CSA Group publish new rainwater harvesting standard for use in United States and Canada

The International Code Council and CSA Group published the CSA B805/ICC 805 Rainwater Harvesting System standard for use in the United States and Canada. This new standard addresses the design, materials, installation and operation of residential and commercial rainwater harvesting systems for potable and non-potable water uses. Approved by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), this standard was developed by an 18-person technical committee made up of an equal number of U.S. and Canadian representatives. Modern rainwater systems can supply water for many uses in and around a building. The CSA B805/ICC 805 standard is closely coordinated with the existing building, plumbing, and health codes and links rainwater harvesting systems with building elements like roofing, plumbing, fire suppression, cooling towers, storm water management and irrigation. The standard also provides tools to establish appropriate water quality based on the cleanliness of the source water and categories of end use. Click here to read more.

GOT PULSE? New episode features the American Society of Interior Designers CEO Randy Fiser

Episode 14 of ICC’s Pulse podcast, titled “Interior Design and the Codes,” features American Society of Interior Designers CEO Randy Fiser. Fiser leads the Society’s 25,000+ members from commercial and residential sectors across North America to advance the profession and communicate the transformative power of design on people’s lives. You can still hear Episode 13 with Code Council Vice President of Global Services Judy Zakreski  and ASTM International President Kathie Morgan for a conversation about global standards, plus all the other podcasts issued on the Pulse. Click here to listen.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.

Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:

The following is the updated list of ICC Institutes and other training opportunities across the nation, many of which offer virtual options for those who cannot travel. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function:

Certification Test Academies feature interactive and question-based review for the exam. Students will receive a voucher to take the exam at a later date. Upcoming opportunities:

ICC Government Relations Chapter Monthly UpdateMarch 2019

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New ICC Board decision: Voter validation extended from one to three years for GMVRs
The validation cycle for Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVR) has been extended from one to three years. This means that all currently validated GMVRs now remain active for the course of this three-year code development cycle.

  • Any credentials validated and approved since January 1, 2018, are active through December 31, 2020, as long as the Governmental Member account is kept fully paid and current.
  • The Primary Contact may edit the voting roster during indicated times throughout the cycle. If no changes occur to an approved voter’s status, the credentials do not need to be revalidated until the next code development cycle.
  • New or revised applications for voting representatives must be submitted 30 days prior to a voting event (committee action hearings, public comment hearings, or Annual Business Meeting) in order to be eligible to vote at that event. To participate in the Committee Action Hearings in Albuquerque and the online voting afterward, new or revised applications for GMVRs must be submitted by March 29.

Check your voter status online today. You must be validated to vote on the 2021 Group B proposals during the Committee Action Hearing set for April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque, N.M., and afterward online using cdpACCESS. Should you have any questions, please contact Member Services at members@iccsafe.org or phone 888-422-7233 x33804.

March 11 is the date for the Chapter Leader Virtual Roundtable to discuss 2019 ICC events and issues

Karla Higgs, Vice President, Member Services, issued an invitation to each ICC Chapter President notifying them of the Chapter Leader Virtual Roundtable to discuss upcoming events and issues. It will be Monday, March 11, 2 p.m. Central (Noon Pacific, 1 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Eastern) to discuss:

  • The March 15 deadline to submit nominations for ICC’s major annual awards, including Chapter of the Year.
  • The April 27-28 ICC Membership Council Governing Committee meetings in Albuquerque.
  • The April 27 PMG Roundtable in Albuquerque on Mitigating Water Leaks in Premise Plumbing Systems.
  • 2019 Building Safety Month activities during May and throughout the year.
  • The June 4-5 Chapter Leadership Academy in Denver, Colo.
  • The October 20-23 ICC Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, and the Public Comment Hearings October 23-30.

Call-in information was sent to Chapter Presidents for their leadership teams to participate.

In person or online, don’t miss out on the excitement of the 2021 Group B International Codes

Experience ICC's Code Development Process in action April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque and online. You can provide your input on the latest proposed code changes to the 2021 Group B International Codes®. Check out the Committee Action Hearings schedule here. If you’re planning to attend, don’t wait about registering (it’s free!) and making your flight and hotel arrangements. Register now to participate.

You’re invited to the special PMG roundtable on Saturday afternoon, April 27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Code Council Board President Bill Bryant invites all ICC Members to attend the special PMG roundtable discussion titled Mitigating Water Leaks in Premise Plumbing Systems while at the Committee Action Hearings on Saturday, April 27, in Albuquerque, N.M. The PMG roundtable discussion takes place the day before the Committee Action Hearings begin and will feature plumbing industry experts discussing water leak prevention solutions in the following systems:

  • Sanitary Drainage, Indirect Waste, and Storm Drainage
  • Water Supply & Distribution, Fixtures, Appliances, and Solar
  • Landscape Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting

The roundtable will be 1-5 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. RSVP here by March 15. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Lee Clifton. And speaking of PMG, have you seen the new 2018 PMG Product Catalog yet? You can get yours today by downloading it here.

ICC Government Relations assigns new PMG Technical Resources Team to states across the nation

In order to serve our Members better, ICC has added a few positions to the Government Relations Department. These Technical Resources Team Members will assist your Government Relations Regional Managers in the field. The team members and their assigned states can be seen in this map. They are responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing programs to ensure the successful completion of the ICC Government Relations’ goals and objectives as they apply to the Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) I-Codes and related services and programs of the International Code Council.  This includes  training and education, providing the subject matter expertise to Government Relations Managers as well as representing ICC at the PMG Chapter meetings, state plumbing and mechanical boards, task forces, committees and councils where PMG subject knowledge is required.

CEO Dominic Sims and ICC Board President Bill Bryant announce 2025 strategic planning process

In a recent announcement, ICC Board President Bill Bryant and Code Council CEO Dominic Sims outlined the new 2025 strategic planning process to update the 20/20 Vision document. “As a member association, we are focused on providing the best services for our membership,” they wrote. “As such, the updated strategic plan will seek feedback from all our key stakeholders – including Code Council members, board members, partners and staff – and will entail phone interviews, surveys, small work groups and a visioning workshop.” Click here to read more on this important announcement.

Obtaining CEU Certificates now takes less time and can be done on your own computer and printer

Those attending ICC courses this year will be able to print their own Certificates of Completion or download them directly from the ICC Learning Center starting at 72 hours after the education event.  Follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to iccsafe.org
  2. Click Sign-In in the upper right
  3. Enter your email address in the Username field and your Password then click the Login
  4. Click the My Transcript link at the top of the page.
  5. Click the Completed Satisfactorily link to the right of the course name and your completion certificate will display. Print or download using the icons in the upper right.

If you do not know your username and password, please email learn@iccsafe.org to get assistance.

Emory R. Rodgers Fellowship enables building safety professionals to advance their leadership skills

The International Code Council recently announced a new fellowship to commemorate the life and legacy of Emory R. Rodgers. This fellowship enables deserving building safety professionals to advance their leadership skills by attending a nationally recognized executive development program. The fellowship covers up to $20,000 toward the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient’s travel to and from the program. For more on the program and the compelling legacy left by Mr. Rodgers, click here for the Building Safety Journal feature story. Applications are due by June 30, 2019, to Karla Higgs at khiggs@iccsafe.org or 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35213.

MUST READING! ICC Government Relations’ Ryan Colker outlines how codes are nation’s foundation

International Code Council Vice President of Innovation Ryan Colker discusses the role building codes play in establishing resiliency in an article in Masonry Magazine. “The ability for buildings to contribute to community resilience depends on the standards they are built to,” Colker writes. “As presented in the recent ICC and ANCR publication, Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes, well-constructed buildings, designed to the latest building codes, are a significant factor in avoiding and reducing potential losses when disaster strikes. Communities cannot be resilient without resilient buildings.” Click here to read this important article.

Grenfell Tower fire expert to deliver keynote address at the 2019 ICC Annual Conference in Las Vegas

Dame Judith Hackitt, a world renowned expert on the Grenfell Tower fire, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Annual Conference. Her report “Building a Safer Future” was published in May 2018. Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organization. She has been making presentations to audiences around the world on the tragic 2017 high rise fire in England which killed 72 people. The 2019 ICC Annual Conference will be October 20-23, preceding the Public Comment Hearings on Group B codes October 23-30, all at the Rio Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

ICC Government Relations’ Gabe Maser elected vice chair of the High Performance Building Coalition

International Code Council Government Relations Vice President of Federal Relations Gabriel Maser was recently elected vice chair of the High Performance Building Coalition where he will work to keep the Coalition operating under by-laws drafted by ICC and approved by the Coalition during the 116th Congress. The Coalition is led by representatives of the private sector who dedicate their time supporting policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

Have you answered the survey yet for online remote voting on ICC Annual Conference business?

If you haven’t done so yet, you can participate in a brief survey on allowing voting members to participate in online remote voting to transact Code Council business during the ICC Annual Conference. Code Council Board President Bryant set a goal this year to assess the feasibility of online remote voting during the Annual Business Meeting. The concept of online remote voting would include Code Council Board of Directors elections and bylaw amendments. As part of this exploratory initiative, President Bryant appointed the Ad Hoc Committee on ABM Business & Elections, whose first priority is to obtain membership input and guidance. To participate in this effort, please complete this brief survey.

Dave Walls provides roadmap tool to help jurisdictions update and adopt IgCC from 2015 to 2018

The Code Council’s Executive Director of Sustainability Programs Dave Walls provided this tool to help communities update and adopt the 2018 International Green Construction Code, published last November. Called a roadmap, the chapter-by-chapter indexing can help save time in making comparisons and updates. Click here for the IgCC Roadmap. Walls also cites the benefits of adopting the IgCC as part of a jurisdiction’s portfolio of codes.

Joint final flood insurance rule regarding private flood insurance policies takes effect on July 1

A final joint rule to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 takes effect on July 1 to require regulated financial institutions to accept private flood insurance policies.

Federal financial institution regulators recently issued the final rule which affects the Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board, National Credit Union Administration, and Comptroller of the Currency. Click to read the full article in National Law Review.

GOT PULSE? ASTM International President Kathie Morgan is interviewed on global standards

Code Council Vice President of Global Services Judy Zakreski appears as the guest host for Episode 13 of the Code Council Pulse Podcast. ASTM International President Kathie Morgan joins Judy for a conversation about global standards. With more than three decades of experience in increasingly strategic and managerial roles at ASTM, Kathie is a respected industry leader and one of the world's prominent voices on standardization-related issues. Click here to listen.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.

Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:

The following is the updated list of ICC Institutes and other training opportunities across the nation, many of which offer virtual options for those who cannot travel. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function:

Certification Test Academies feature interactive and question-based review for the exam. Students will receive a voucher to take the exam at a later date. Upcoming opportunities:

 

ICC Government Relations Chapter Monthly Update – December 2018

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Last day to vote on the Group A I-Code proposals on cdpACCESS is Friday, December 7

The Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) for the Group A 2021 I-Code proposals will close on Friday, December 7, at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Online voting, using cdpACCESS, started November 19. Official Public Comment Hearing results from Richmond are available, click here. The unofficial OGCV results will be available approximately two weeks after conclusion of OGCV. The online posting of the final action Group A results, including OGCV results, will occur following the Validation Committee’s certification of the OGCV and report to the Code Council Board of Directors (see Section 10.0 of CP28 Code Development). The Group A Codes include the IBC (egress, fire safety, general), IFC, IFGC, IMC, IPC, IPMC, IPSDC, IRC (mechanical, plumbing), ISPSC, IWUIC and IZC. Group B changes can be submitted via cdpACCESS and are due Jan. 7, 2019. Hearings on Group B proposals are set for:

  • April 28 – May 8, 2019 Committee Action Hearing - Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • October 23 – 30, 2019 Public Comment Hearing – Rio Hotel/Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Early announcement: “No Code, No Confidence” is the theme for the 2019 Building Safety Month

It’s December 2018, and you already know the theme for the 2019 Building Safety Month: “No Code, No Confidence.” This year we have expanded our Building Safety Month campaign to all year round. Planning for the 2019 starts now. Here are the weekly themes for the month of May:

  • Week 1 – (May 1- May 5): Preparing for disasters: Build strong, build smart
  • Week 2 – (May 6- May 12): Ensuring a safer future through training and education
  • Week 3 – (May 13- May 19): Securing clean, abundant water for all communities
  • Week 4 – (May 20- May 26): Construction professionals and homeowners: Partners in safety
  • Week 5– (May 27- May 31): Innovations in building safety

Join our yearlong celebration and use hashtag #BuildingSafety365. Below are suggested social media posts which can copy, paste and Tweet away:

  • Looking forward to Building Safety Month 2019! Our overall theme this year is “No Code No Confidence.” #BuildingSafety365
  • The planning for Building Safety Month 2019 is underway and we are looking forward to celebrating with you throughout the month of May! This year our theme is “No Code No Confidence.” #BuildingSafety365
  • It’s never too early to start spreading the world about building safety! Looking ahead to Building Safety Month 2019, this year’s theme is “No Code No Confidence” #BuildingSafety365

Watch for more information to help you make your community’s Building Safety Month events a hit!

New Disaster Response Alliance is getting a robust response from Code Council members

As communities in southern states and California continue their recovery from high winds, flooding and wildfire, response has been robust among Code Council Chapters and Members to the Disaster Response Alliance since it debuted in mid-October. The Alliance is the product of a joint project of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations and ICC. DRA offers a database of skilled code officials, engineers and others across the nation. It also forms relationships with emergency response offices of state and local jurisdictions to recruit skilled volunteers to step into disaster recovery efforts to make post-disaster safety assessments, building damage assessments, inspections and other code-related functions. For more information, to request help, or to sign up, visit www.disasterresponse.org.

Code Council’s Government Relations office welcomes Ryan Colker and Karl Fippinger to key positions

Two key positions in the ICC Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., were recently filled. Ryan Colker will serve as Vice President of Innovation to identify emerging issues in the building industry, including how new technologies can be leveraged by codes and standards, methods to modernize the application of building regulations, and the development of new business strategies that support members and building safety professionals. Colker, former Vice President of the National Institute of Building Sciences and former manager of government affairs for ASHRAE, will also serve as Executive Director of the Alliance for National and Community Resilience. Karl Fippinger, CEM, PMP, is the new Vice President of Fire and Disaster Mitigation. He will manage the Code Council’s relationships and programs related to fire service activities and emergency management. He will work with federal, state and local agencies in the area of disaster preparedness and public safety. Most recently, he led federal disaster response and recovery programs as well as emergency response planning, training and exercises for Dewberry. Previously, he managed professional development and exhibits for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has more than 25 years of combined fire and rescue service experience in Arlington County (VA), Fairfax County (VA), and Prince William County (VA) as an instructor, command officer, and assistant fire chief.

Code Council applauds National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018

The International Code Council applauds the recent passage of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 1768). Congress established NEHRP in 1977 to reduce the long-term risk posed by earthquakes and associated seismic events like tsunamis and landslides. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as the lead agency, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) jointly oversee the program, which was last reauthorized in 2004. Read more.

ICC’s Winter Toolkit webpage offers list of organizations and tips for getting through a cold winter

Some of us look forward to winter activities, while others prefer huddling in front of a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate. But a gentle reminder is in order: Each season has its dangers, and winter is no different. For example, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says thousands die each year from exposure to extreme cold, or from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating units, which also can cause fires in homes if not used properly. Another example: Deadly fires also can result when homeowners use torches to thaw frozen pipes. The American Red Cross offers tips to prevent pipes from freezing and what to do if it happens. Hang onto this issue of the December Chapter Monthly Update for its connection to these valuable links of organizations and tips.

ICC online training events offer live, one-on-one instructor contact without the travel expenses

Live training events are available from any location with an internet connection. Virtual classrooms are different from web sessions. When you join a virtual classroom, you can actually see your instructor and those in the physical classroom and they can see you. A Virtual Classroom is a hybrid learning environment where you participate remotely and experience the same collaboration, instructor interaction and learning benefits as if you were physically in the classroom. According to a recent study done by Training Magazine, 86% of virtual classroom participants rated the experience “just as engaging” or “more engaging than” traditional classroom training. Here are benefits of Virtual Training:

  • Saves you money by eliminating travel costs
  • Saves you time because you never have to leave your home or office
  • Obtain CEUs to apply towards certification renewal
  • Gets remote teams training together
  • Encourages collaboration among the learning group both virtually and in the physical classroom

See the list of new live training classes at the end of this Chapter Monthly Update.

FEMA’s 2018 National Preparedness Report finds codes helped to decrease disaster damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently published its https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report">2018 National Preparedness Report. In its seventh year, this report summarizes the nation's progress toward becoming more secure and resilient. It found communities benefit from building codes and offered 13 key findings that highlight successes and challenges across five core capabilities that have faced Persistent Preparedness Challenges—Operational Coordination, Infrastructure Systems, Housing, Economic Recovery, and Cybersecurity. The report highlights lessons learned from previous responses, along with findings from preparedness activities. Codes are highlighted as increasing the resilience of infrastructure as well as decreasing the damage disasters can cause and the likelihood of fatalities. For housing, the report says “building codes and regulations play a key role in promoting housing resiliency.” The 2018 National Preparedness Report also identifies gains made in preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain. These findings provide insights into preparedness and informs decisions about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions.

2018 IgCC helps communities save money, protect resources and improve the health, life and safety

The newly published 2018 International Green Construction Code provides a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings and includes cost-effective measures that result in lower operating costs, better indoor environments, lower impact on natural resources, and improved neighborhood connections and walkability. A public-private collaboration, the green code correlates with the International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and many other referenced standards. It helps governments streamline code development and adoption; saves them the time and money needed to develop their own codes; and creates uniformity among adopting jurisdictions.

GOT PULSE? ICC Government Relations’ Justin Wiley leads podcast to update progress made by ANCR

Code Council Vice President of Government Relations Justin Wiley appears as the guest host for Episode 10 of the ICC Pulse Podcast. Resilience expert Ryan Colker joins Justin for a conversation about the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR). Ryan has served on the ANCR Board of Directors and recently joined ICC as Vice President of Innovation and ANCR’s executive director. He shares his resilience expertise and insight on the ANCR’s first benchmark focused on buildings. Click here to listen, and be sure to subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Spotify.

Top hoarding expert and speaker Matt Paxton is featured in a bonus edition of the ICC Pulse Podcast

A special edition episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast features Matt Paxton, top hoarding expert and cleaner on the hit television show HOARDERS. Matt, who served as the keynote speaker at the 2018 ICC Annual Conference in Richmond, Va., shares his expertise about a topic that is inextricably linked to building safety, fire prevention and the codes. Click here to listen.

December 15: ICC will convert publications from ProtectedPDF to new versatile Watermark version

Effective Dec. 15, code professionals who purchased International Codes (I-Codes), state codes or other selected publications from the Code Council in either a PDF download or CD format will need to upgrade from the older ProtectedPDF to a newer, more versatile watermark version. After Dec. 15, the older ProtectedPDF versions will no longer work. The new watermark version allows users to access and view the codes on tablets and phones, vitally important for work in the field. The new watermark version files also work with any PDF reader, can be placed on two devices and do not require a serial number for viewing the PDF. Customers who have already downloaded the watermark version or sent the information on CD do not need to take any further action. Read more about it here.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.

Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:

The following is the updated list of ICC Institutes and other training opportunities across the nation. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function:

Certification Test Academies feature interactive and question-based review for the exam. Students will receive a voucher to take the exam at a later date. Upcoming Academies:

 

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