Calls for Committee Members encourages participation in two committees on ANSI/ICC standards

Code Council members should consider two upcoming calls for committee members. The committees will develop two new ANSI/ICC standards that, once published, will be groundbreaking for the industry:

  • The Sizing Water Distribution, Drainage and Venting Standard Consensus Committee (IS- SWDDV) will be responsible for developing ICC 815-202X (Standard for Sizing Water Distribution, Sanitary Drainage and Vent Piping Systems). This new international standard will take a holistic worldwide approach to sizing water distribution, sanitary drainage, and vent piping systems for

residential, mixed-use, and institutional occupancies that utilizes a sizing method that has no

basis on Hunter’s Method and accounts for post-COVID-19 usage patterns.

  • The Private Sewage Disposal Systems Standard Consensus Committee (IS-PSDS) will be responsible for developing ICC 825-202X (Private Sewage Disposal Systems). This new international standard will provide minimum requirements for designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining private sewage disposals systems based on newer technologies and methods, and most importantly, the impacts of climate change.

If interested, please click here and fill out the application(s). The deadline is September 30.

Significant changes to the length of hot water piping to fixtures were made in the 2021 IRC

An addition to Section P2905.3 (Length of Hot Water Piping to Fixtures) of the 2021 International Residential Code states that the code now limits the length of hot water piping serving fixtures. The new section limits the hot water supply line length to 100 feet measured from the source of hot water to the fixtures that require hot water. This provision is similar to existing language in International Plumbing Code (IPC) Section 607.2, except the IPC limits the length to not greater than 50 feet. Hot water supply lines greater than 100 feet waste water (proportional to pipe size) while occupants wait for hot water to reach fixtures for bathing, washing and culinary purposes. Read more here.

New IRC Equivalency Evaluation Report program streamlines building permit process

ICC-ES PMG, the premier product certification program for Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) products, is now accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) to certify plumbing and drainage products in accordance with the WaterMark scheme, for use under the Plumbing Code of Australia. The WaterMark Certification Scheme, managed and administered by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), is mandatory for plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit for purpose and appropriately authorized for use in plumbing and drainage installations. ICC- ES report holders benefit from bundling certifications for multiple geographies while maintaining the same quality service provider. Read more here.

Structural steel connection systems obtains ICC-ES reports for use in all Seismic Design Categories

Lindapter Girder Clamps and Hollo-Bolts are the world’s first structural steel connection systems to obtain an ICC-ES report for evaluation to the International Building Code® (IBC) for use with all Seismic Design Categories. Whether you are designing steel connections for structures in high wind or high seismic areas, for buildings classified as Occupancy Category IV, or for projects where you want to avoid welding or drilling holes in the field, Lindapter offers faster, safer, and more cost-effective alternatives to traditional welding and bolting. Go to ESR-3976 for Girder Clamps or go to ESR-3330 for Hollo-Bolt.

Building Careers for Today’s Generation

There is a tremendous work opportunity for qualified candidates seeking a job in the building industry, including code officials.

Professions within the building safety field vary widely in their specialties, and the industry offers many well-paying career options for today’s workforce:

  • Building inspectors inspect structures to determine compliance with the various building codes and standards adopted by the jurisdiction.
  • Building officials manage the development, administration, interpretation, application and enforcement of the codes adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • Special inspectors provide a specialized inspection of structural material fabrication and placement, such as poured concrete, structural steel installation and fasteners, etc.
  • Permit technicians assist in the issuance of construction and development permits to ensure compliance with the provisions of a jurisdiction’s adopted regulations and codes
  • Fire marshals develop and deliver fire prevention and implements public fire safety programs that provide for inspections of occupancies for life safety and fire issues in accordance with codes and standards adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • Plumbing inspectors inspect the installation, maintenance and alteration of plumbing systems complete with their fixtures, equipment, accessories, and appliances.
  • Electrical inspectors check the quality of materials, the installation work, and the safeguards in electrical systems. They make sure electrical systems meet city, state or national codes, and electrical codes and standards. Electrical inspectors look closely at new wiring and fixtures in businesses, public buildings, and in homes.
  • Mechanical inspectors focus on heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) concerns. This includes inspection of: mechanical appliances and equipment; air distribution systems; kitchen exhaust equipment; boilers and water heaters; hydronic piping; gas piping systems; flammable and combustible liquid storage and piping systems; fireplaces, chimneys and vents; refrigeration systems; incinerators and crematories. The mechanical inspector also checks for air quality and energy conservation measures.
  • Public works inspectors check digging and fill operations, and the placement of forms for concrete. They observe the concrete mixing and pouring, asphalt paving and grading operations and keep records of all work performed and the materials used. Public works inspectors may be specialists in one kind of operation such as reinforced concrete, dredging or ditches.
  • Property maintenance or housing inspectors inspect existing buildings to check for health or safety violations and the condition of the exterior property.
  • Plan reviewers or examiners begin the evaluation process which ensures that a building or structure conforms to the requirements of the local or specified code. The plan reviewer examines the construction documents used to describe a project, including architectural, structural, site plan, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire protection drawings as well as the corresponding specifications, structural design calculations and soil report.
  • Code enforcement officers evaluate and enforce local building codes. They typically issue warnings or give citations for any code violations they find.

Check out the Code Council’s career step-by-step guide to help you get started in the building safety profession.

If you are a student or professional looking for a new career, check out the Building Safety Career Path Initiative.

If you are a community looking to fund building code training, check out FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, which can fund eligible building code activities including: providing or pursuing training for building safety professionals; developing planning, training, and exercises for post-disaster building code enforcement through ICC’s “When Disaster Strike’s Institute” training course; and training building department staff on new software acquired through the grant program.

SPEAKING OF BUILDING SAFETY MONTH VIDEOS:

The Sustainability Membership Council (SMC) is famous for its series of Building Safety Month videos at its Facebook account. If you access Facebook, check out this first video on the Austin Energy Green Building program, produced by the SMC.

ONE MORE THING ABOUT THOSE PROCLAMATIONS!

Jurisdictions and organizations are signing and issuing their proclamations declaring May 2022 as Building Safety Month. Among them is the United States President’s Administration who has once again issued a proclamation in support of raising awareness of building safety: “This year’s National Building Safety Month theme — “Safety for All: Codes in Action” — is an important reminder that modern building code adoption and enforcement is essential to keeping our homes, businesses, schools, and other facilities safe.” View the various national, state and local proclamations or submit your own here.

Application site for applying for Code of Honor Scholarships to participate in Louisville hearing is open

If you are an ICC Governmental Member Voting Representative, don’t miss your chance to apply for a Code of Honor Scholarship to support your attendance at the Code Council’s Public Comment Hearings being held Sept. 14–21, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. The scholarships help ensure that the International Codes reflect the consensus view of officials at all levels of government by providing funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to attend and participate in the Public Comment Hearings. The application site is now open and will close on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Read more here.

Code Council’s 2021 Annual Report reviews the past year’s challenges, efforts and successes

ICC’s 2021 Annual Report was recently issued and highlights the Code Council’s renewed sense of resiliency to provide resources and support to members/customers serving their communities around

the world. “The International Code Council entered 2021 with a renewed sense of resilience. While the year delivered its share of challenges, the things we faced this year underscored the importance of building safety professionals and the role they play in preserving our safety,” a cover statement from ICC Board President Cindy Davis and Code Council CEO Dominic Sims said. “Our 2021 annual report reminds us of all we can accomplish when we work together.” Read more on the 2021 Annual Report here.

ICC Government Relations staff engaging members and stake holders on membership benefits

The Government Relations staff is working to inform building safety professionals who are not yet members of several important membership benefits and to make sure that current ICC members are taking full advantage of the benefits membership affords. Benefits include:

  • A FREE Digital Codes Premium subscription (based on member category).
  • 10-25% off code content, specialized publications and training materials.
  • Discounts on training and educational programs to earn CEUs.
  • Discounts on certification exams, exam resource materials and certification renewals.
  • Digital badging to showcase membership on social media and your resume.
  • Technical support to answer code-related questions (based on membership category).