ICC members sought to volunteer for the Code Council’s many Exam Development Committees

Those interested in working with industry peers to contribute to the development and maintenance of ICC National Certification exams are urged to apply for any of the Code Council’s various Exam Development Committee (EDC). The application deadline is October 31. There are openings beginning January 1, 2023, on the following Exam Development Committees (EDCs) topic areas:

Accessibility; Certified Building Official/ Certified Fire Marshal (CBO/CFM); Commercial Building; Electrical; Fire Services; International Green Construction Code; Mechanical; Permit Technician; Plumbing/Fuel Gas; Property Maintenance and Housing/Zoning; Residential Building; Special Inspector – Reinforced/Prestressed Concrete; Special Inspector – Soils; Special Inspector – Structural Masonry; Special Inspector – Structural Steel & Welding; Sustainability. Got questions about the duties and responsibilities? Call 888-422-7233, ext. 5524, or email accommittees@iccsafe.org.

International Code Council and ASHRAE to co-sponsor a building whole life carbon approach standard

The International Code Council and ASHRAE announced the joint development of a standard to assess carbon emissions across the entire building life cycle. Proposed ASHRAE/ICC Standard 240P – Evaluating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Carbon Emissions in Building Design, Construction and Operation, will provide a whole life carbon approach to support emissions reductions in buildings. The proposed standard establishes how to measure and verify the greenhouse gas (GHG) and carbon emissions of a building, or group of buildings, over the entire life cycle. The goal is to provide consistent procedures and data to be referenced by policies, codes, and other standards that address new and existing building performance. Read more here.

United States Magistrate Judge recommends finding IAPMO liable for copyright infringement

United States Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui has issued a report recommending that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia find that the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc., and IAPMO Evaluation Service, LLC (IAPMO-ES) (collectively IAPMO) infringed the copyrights for 26 ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) evaluation reports and acceptance criteria. The magistrate judge overwhelmingly agreed with ICC-ES’s arguments, finding, among other things, that:

  • ICC-ES owns valid and protectable copyrights in the evaluation reports and acceptance criteria;
  • IAPMO infringed ICC-ES’s copyrighted works through reproduction and distribution of the copyrighted works on IAPMO’s internal systems; and
  • ICC-ES is entitled to a permanent injunction prohibiting IAPMO and their employees and agents from any infringement of ICC-ES’s current and future copyrighted works.

The report is an important development in ICC-ES’s litigation against IAPMO, but it is not a final decision

and will be reviewed by a District Court Judge who will issue a separate decision. Read more here.

SkillsUSA’s 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference spotlights career and technical ed students

Career and technical education students from around the nation traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The conference was held this summer to showcase over 6,500 state contest-winning students as they competed in 107 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Competing students worked against the clock and one another to prove their expertise in several skilled service occupations. The competitions were run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations and the contests are based on industry standards. Joel Rodriquez, board member of the Building Officials Association of Georgia (BOAG), was contacted to help judge the SkillsUSA national championship for HVAC students. Read more here.

Automatic doors offer convenience, improve access, energy savings and improved hygiene control

Automatic doors offer convenience, but also have additional benefits. Kimberly Paarlberg, senior staff architect with the International Code Council, focuses on revisions to the automatic door opener

requirements in the 2021 and 2024 International Building Code and the referenced accessibility standard, 2017 ICC A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Read more here.

Living with Fire: How America’s Wildland-Urban Interface fires impact everyone

Episode 47: Through a series of interviews with Code Council experts and U.S. fire service professionals, this quarter’s episode explores wildfires in the Wildland-Urban Interface, or in short, the WUI. When it comes to wildfire, do you know your risk? And how can we prepare our communities to become more fire-adapted? Just listen here. And make sure your colleagues listen to it, too.

ICC Region I Radio features Virginia’s Cindy Davis, current President of the ICC Board of Directors

In the latest episode of ICC Region I Radio, Cindy Davis, deputy director of the Virginia Division of Building and Fire Regulations and president of the International Code Council Board of Directors, discusses her background, building relationships, ICC Global Initiatives, the many programs that the Code Council offers code professionals, and the code development process for Virginia. Listen in

“Preparing Our Buildings and Communities for Water Reuse in the 21st Century” set for September 11

Join the Code Council’s PMG and Government Relations Teams for “Preparing Our Buildings and Communities for Water Reuse in the 21st Century,” a hybrid live meeting and webinar Sunday, September 11. For those in Louisville, the live presentation and webinar will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern in Rooms 007/008 of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Potable water from a public drinking water treatment plant is required to meet Safe Drinking Water Act standards. But, to date, no national regulations exist for onsite non-potable water systems for reuse treatment, storage, and delivery. The Code Council, in partnership with The National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems (NBRC), is establishing a Water Reuse Working Group to explore opportunities to protect public health and better support jurisdictions seeking to advance water reuse opportunities. This diverse working group will research all aspects of onsite water reuse, develop a roadmap, and propose needed resources, including recommended updates to the I-Codes necessary to meet jurisdictions’ water reuse goals. Join ICC and industry Stakeholders for this inaugural meeting taking place in a hybrid platform. For virtual attendance register here.

Cross-Connection Control: A Critical Line of Defense Against Potable Water Contamination

Most of us can go to a faucet, water bottle filler or drinking fountain and get a sip of potable water. This is largely due to the fact that cross-connection control is an inherit plumbing design and installation component. Cross-connection control consists of various methods, assemblies and devices, that when installed and maintained properly, safeguard our potable water. When these controls fail, however, the results can be catastrophic. Rich Anderson, Director, ICC PMG Technical Resources, takes on the issues around cross connection control. Read more here.

2024 International Codes integrate lower emission refrigerants to meet federal HFC phase down

A broad coalition of industry, environmental, governmental and code development organizations encourage early adoption by states and localities of the 2024 International Building Code, International Fire Code and International Mechanical Code, which now permit the use of A2L refrigerants. The recently approved code changes allow commercial and residential use of A2L refrigerants to replace high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. Read more here.