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, local, tribal and territorial entities may request assistance online. The Disaster Response Alliance has assembled a cadre of skilled code officials, engineers and others from across the country who are willing to assist with post-disaster safety assessments, building damage assessments, inspections, and provide surge support for other code-related functions. The Disaster Response Alliance brings together skilled, volunteer second responders in one place for easy access and quick mobilization.
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 that keeping construction codes current provides the best protection for those homeowners. “Disasters strike with both a physical and a financial shock, and only about four in 10 Americans can afford to cover a $1,000 blow with savings,” Colker said. “The adoption and application of modern building codes by developers and municipalities is the most straightforward protection for low- and moderate-income communities in the face of disaster. However, more than two-thirds of communities facing hazard risk use out-of-date codes.” Colker is executive director of ICC’s Alliance for National and Community Resilience and Vice President for Innovation at the Code Council. Click here to read more.
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 support for the measure. A second bill also passed, HR 1618, which provides grants to states for carbon monoxide poisoning prevention where they have adopted the 2015 or 2018 IRC/IFC, or the 2019 NFPA 72. There have been four reports this year of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in public housing complexes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports 50,000 people are sickened by carbon monoxide annually, resulting in 430 deaths.
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 upon our strengths and work together with all stakeholders to achieve our fullest potential as an association. Vision 2025 allows us to assess the effectiveness of our work and manifest our goals into reality,” they said. The core of the plan is ICC’s mission to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment worldwide. The plan’s “four strategic pillars” are:
- Fortify the Code Council’s mission, brand and public awareness.
- Increase value for members and the building safety community.
- Ensure financial sustainability and growth.
- Assess the organizational structure.
The Code Council is currently accepting applications for the five Code Action Committees (Building Code Action Committee, Fire Code Action Committee, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee, Sustainability, Energy & High Performance Building Code Action Committee, and the Compliance Code Action Committee), the Codes and Standards Council and a regulator vacancy on the Committee on Healthcare. These committees will be appointed by the ICC Board of Directors for terms starting Jan. 1, 2020. For more information, click here.
Code Council members and stakeholders are encouraged to attend the “ICC Seismic Roundtable: Next Steps Forum” at 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, October 23, at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center. The meeting is a follow-up event to the July 25 meeting in Sacramento, Calif., sponsored by the ICC and the California Building Officials. The roundtable brought together more than 80 subject matter experts from
Motivating 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.
the West Coast and across the U.S. to address the development of a nationally applicable approach to new buildings that allows them to not only withstand but function after an earthquake. Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, expressed the value of the series of meetings: “The seismic roundtable in California is only the beginning as we work together to create the safest buildings and most resilient communities. The Code Council is hosting a series of events to build consensus on important building science and safety matters globally.” Click here to register for the event.
Global Connections Day at the ICC Annual Conference focuses on water safety, efficiency and conservation
ICC Annual Conference participants can drop in on the 2019 Global Connections Day — Water: Safety, Efficiency, and Conservation which starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 23. Experts from around the world convene for an interactive day dedicated to our most precious natural resource. Learn about novel approaches and new technologies that are being employed in the U.S. and internationally to address the water challenges of the global community. Participants will receive CEUs for this Session. There will be a fee of $25 for lunch.
ICC Government Relations Forum spotlights how adopting current codes makes economic sense
Titled “Resilience & Hazard Mitigation: The Important Role of Codes,” the Government Relations Forum at the 2019 ICC Annual Conference in Las Vegas offers impressive speakers with expertise on community security and development. The Forum will be held from 8:30 to 11:25 a.m. on Tuesday, October in the Amazon BCD of the Rio Hotel & Convention Center. Click here for an agenda. CEUs are available.
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.