Entries by Travis Dawley

2020 budget packages have several appropriations that are important to America’s built environment

The U.S. Congress recently passed and President Donald Trump signed into law two spending packages for fiscal year 2020, including an appropriations agreement which funds several programs that benefit the building safety industry and which the International Code Council supported through engagement with lawmakers. They include: A $100 million increase to $3.4 billion total for […]

DOE report announces that 2018 International Energy Conservation Code helps produce cost savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. In support of this determination, DOE conducted technical analysis evaluating the impacts of the updated code relative to the previous 2015 edition. DOE estimates national savings of approximately: 1.97 percent energy cost savings 1.91 […]

Preliminary results of Group B voting in person and online have been announced by the International Code Council

With the completion of the 2019 Group B Public Committee Hearings in Las Vegas October 23-30 and the post-hearings online voting, the International Code Council recently released the preliminary results which will shape the 2021 International Codes. Click here to see those preliminary results. Keep in mind they are not final as they have yet […]

“Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World” is the theme of 40th annual Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month for the International Code Council and for communities around the world. But what makes the 2020 Building Safety Month special is it marks its 40th anniversary. Building Safety Month has grown to involve a broad coalition of partners and supporters. It raises awareness about the importance of building codes and […]

The Disaster Response Alliance stands ready to mobilize code officials, engineers and others

With hurricanes making headlines again, the International Code Council and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) remind their members, stakeholders and affected communities that the Disaster Response Alliance maintains a national database of skilled, trained and certified building safety professionals who are standing by and ready to assist communities in need. Federal, state, […]

Opinion piece states current codes are critical protections for low- and middle-income neighborhoods

ICC Government Relations’ Ryan Colker co-authored an op-ed with Marion McFadden of Enterprise Community Partners (an affordable housing advocacy group) that appeared last week in the Morning Consult, titled, “Affordable Housing Needs to Be Built to Withstand Natural Disasters.” The article notes that recent hurricanes did their worst damage in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, and […]

U.S. House of Representatives passes two bills aimed at reducing carbon monoxide poisoning

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation (the CO Alerts Act) to provide $305 million for carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsidized public housing that are installed to meet standards described in chapters 9 and 11 of the Code Council’s 2018 International Fire Code. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has also expressed […]

ICC Board Chairman Bryant and CEO Sims release ICC’s Vision 2025 Strategic Plan’s five-year goals

Code Council Board Chairman Bill Bryant and Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims recently released the five-year goals developed for the International Code Council in the document titled, “Vision 2015 Strategic Plan.” The document incorporates contributions from staff, members, partners, the Board of Directors and past presiding officers. “By following this roadmap, we plan to build […]