DOS Train the Trainer

The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes (DBSC) is pleased to offer a Train-the-Trainer Program at the New York State Academy of Fire Science on February 13, 2019 for all qualifying interested individuals.  This one-day course is designed to provide the participants with the information they will need to present six-hours of annual in-service training to individuals certified as Building Safety Inspectors. The training will include six separate 1-hour classes.  Following the successful completion of the Train-the-Trainer Program, participants will be permitted to teach the six 1-hour classes on a schedule that suits the needs of their department. The participants will be issued a CD which will contain the PowerPoint course material, instructor manual and student workbook.  Individuals will be responsible for printing the materials needed for the courses that they are providing. 

Participants in the Train-the-Trainer Program must meet the following criteria in order to participate:

  • Be certified as a Building Safety Inspector or Code Enforcement Official and be in active certification status;
  • Be a training instructor for a fire department or be a Certified Code Enforcement Official with at least two years’ experience delivering In-service training as an adjunct instructor through DBSC; and
  •  Completed Fire Instructor I or equivalent or have at least an Associate’s Degree in the Building Construction field or equivalent.

Individuals wishing to obtain additional information on the Train-the-Trainer program should email the Division of Building Standards and Codes by January 18, 2019.  The email address is:  dosCodesTraining@dos.ny.gov

REPORT: Structurlam cross-laminated timber products are compliant with existing codes, standards

The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the Engineered Wood Association (APA) released their first joint evaluation report for cross-laminated timber products (CLT). This program certifies CLT products for compliance with ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Cross-Laminated Timber Panels for Use as Components in Floor and Roof Decks (AC455) and ANSI/APA PRG 320 Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber. The joint evaluation report, ESR-3631, was issued in September 2018 to Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation for its Structurlam CrossLam CLT panels. Read more here

‘Best Practices’ submissions sought by the ICC Major Jurisdictions Committee to spotlight innovations

The ICC Major Jurisdiction Committee (MJC) invites major jurisdictions to submit "Best Practices" that your jurisdiction has successfully used in a code administration environment. Best practices are professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective. For examples of Best Practices, visit the Best Practices Guide on the MJC website. After review by the MJC Steering Committee, outstanding contributions will be posted as examples of code officials helping one another. All submittals need to be submitted in the same format to simplify the search process. Please review this linked form for your "Best Practices" submission. You can submit your forms via email at mjc@iccsafe.org.  If you have any other comments or questions, submit them to mjc@iccsafe.org.

Alaska’s top elected officials praise building codes as preventing far worse damages from earthquake

Recent comments by leading elected officials point to building codes having minimized damages from a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30th and contributed to a rapid post-disaster recovery. The Alaska earthquake did not result in any collapsed buildings, widespread damage to infrastructure or loss of life, partially due to the strong building codes the state adopts – the International Codes (I-Codes). Comments include:

  • Governor Bill Walker praised the state’s building codes while commenting on minor damages to his own home: “Building codes mean something.”
  • Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz credited building codes for minimizing structural damage and said, “Considering the scale of earthquake, the extent of damage was relatively small.”
  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski stated, “We have worked as communities in our state to be prepared for disasters when they should come. We have some of the most stringent building codes in the world, and for the most part, our buildings held up.”
  • U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said, “We were fortunate that there were no deaths…Given how many earthquakes we have had over the years, we have learned a lot. The first thing we learned is about building codes. Fortunately–again, thank God–we had no buildings collapse. We have a lot of structures–homes, businesses, schools–that have severe structural damage, but a collapsing building is where you get a lot of deaths…Strong, strict building codes…[help] to prevent that.”

These results are consistent with several studies that demonstrate that well-enforced building codes help mitigate earthquake risk.

Recent 14-nation network focuses on an official British government review of the tragic Grenfell Fire

The International Code Council joins a network of building regulatory officials from 14 different countries, called the Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC), twice each year to discuss current global issues in building safety. The second meeting of 2018 took place in early October in The Hague, Netherlands, and included a workshop entitled, “Building Quality — Improving the Compliance to Building Regulations.” The workshop featured a keynote address delivered by Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of the task force that produced the report of England’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Fire. Dame Judith presented a comprehensive overview of the process that her commission undertook to investigate the regulatory system under which this disaster occurred. You can read more about her report and discussion here.

Free download publication explains the urgent need for community resilience and provides examples

You can receive a download copy of “Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes” which addresses the urgent need for community resilience in the face of repeated major disasters. Provided by the Code Council and the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR), a 501(c)(3) national coalition of public and private sector stakeholders, this publication provides a comprehensive overview of community resilience, what it entails, and why it’s important. In addition to an extensive literature review, the document provides a number of examples of communities with effective pre-disaster mitigation strategies and outlines code provisions from the International Codes that were put in place to mitigate future risk. Read more here and obtain your free download.

January 31 is deadline to submit applications for education presentations at 2019 Annual Conference

The Code Council is seeking education presentations for its 2019 Annual Conference Education Sessions and the Building Safety & Design Expo in Las Vegas October 20-23. The first step to present at the Annual Conference is to submit applications by January 31. Step 2 is to submit education presentation materials by May 10. All presentation topics should focus on providing educational and technical information. Education sessions of the ABM should focus on basic or specialized provisions in the I-Codes, including but not limited to fire/life safety, plumbing and mechanical topics and leading-edge innovations in the building industry. Presentations should help to educate attendees about building code compliance, building safety, leadership and building technology. Read more here.

January 15 is the deadline to apply for the ICC Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee

The International Code Council is currently accepting applications for the ICC Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee. Once appointed, this committee will convene to revise two current ICC solar thermal standards; ICC 900/SRCC 300-2015 Solar Thermal Systems Standard and ICC 901/SRCC 100-2015 Solar Thermal Collector Standard. The committee will be appointed by the ICC Board of Directors. Click here for more information. Application deadline: January 15, 2019.

Home Depot joins as a key sponsor of the 2019 Building Safety Month celebrations across the USA

ICC Code Council members and stake holders, like Home Depot are preparing local events for the 2019 Building Safety Month. With its theme “No Code, No Confidence,” The ICC has expanded its Building Safety Month campaign to all year round. 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

The 2019 campaign poster is now available for download. Join the ICC on social media using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365. Check back here often for updates on the 2019 celebration.

ICC membership review and comments sought on Section R602.10.1.2 (2015 IRC) until January 25

A proposed committee interpretation to Section R602.10.1.2 (Offsets along a Braced Wall Line) of the 2015 International Residential Code is available for ICC membership review and comment until January 25. Technical Opinions on codes and standards are an exclusive benefit of ICC Membership.  Committee Interpretations provide technical support and clarification of code text for adopting jurisdictions, design professionals, and members of the construction industry. Read more on the process here.