Motivating ICC Code Council members to vote on code proposals following the Public Comment Hearing (Oct. 23-30) in Las Vegas is the purpose of the VOTE FOR YOUR CODES! Campaign, managed by ICC’s Emerging Leaders Membership Council (ELMC) and Sustainability Membership Council. “The Code Council has worked diligently to make electronic voter validation a user-friendly way to designate voters and cdpACCESS offers every voting member of ICC the chance to have their voice heard. We encourage all code professionals to vote using cdpACCESS after this year’s hearings,” Andre Jaen, ELMC Governing Committee Vice Chair, said. Read about it here.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35213.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other comments or questions, submit them to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.