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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35213.
Experience ICC’s Code Development Process in action April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque and online. You can provide your input on the latest proposed code changes to the 2021 Group B International Codes®. Check out the Committee Action Hearings schedule here. If you’re planning to attend, don’t wait about registering (it’s free!) and making your flight and hotel arrangements. Register now to participate.
New ICC Board decision: Voter validation extended from
one to three years for GMVRs
The validation cycle for Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVR) has been extended from one to three years. This means that all currently validated GMVRs now remain active for the course of this three-year code development cycle.
- Any credentials validated and approved since January 1, 2018, are active through December 31, 2020, as long as the Governmental Member account is kept fully paid and current.
- The Primary Contact may edit the voting roster during indicated times throughout the cycle. If no changes occur to an approved voter’s status, the credentials do not need to be revalidated until the next code development cycle.
- New or revised applications for voting representatives must be submitted 30 days prior to a voting event (committee action hearings, public comment hearings, or Annual Business Meeting) in order to be eligible to vote at that event. To participate in the Committee Action Hearings in Albuquerque and the online voting afterward, new or revised applications for GMVRs must be submitted by March 29.
Check your voter status online today. You must be validated to vote on the 2021 Group B proposals during the Committee Action Hearing set for April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque, N.M., and afterward online using cdpACCESS. Should you have any questions, please contact ICC Member Services at email@example.com or phone 888-422-7233 x33804.
The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes (DBSC) is pleased to offer a Train-the-Trainer Program at the New York State Academy of Fire Science on February 13, 2019 for all qualifying interested individuals. This one-day course is designed to provide the participants with the information they will need to present six-hours of annual in-service training to individuals certified as Building Safety Inspectors. The training will include six separate 1-hour classes. Following the successful completion of the Train-the-Trainer Program, participants will be permitted to teach the six 1-hour classes on a schedule that suits the needs of their department. The participants will be issued a CD which will contain the PowerPoint course material, instructor manual and student workbook. Individuals will be responsible for printing the materials needed for the courses that they are providing.
Participants in the Train-the-Trainer Program must meet the following criteria in order to participate:
- Be certified as a Building Safety Inspector or Code Enforcement Official and be in active certification status;
- Be a training instructor for a fire department or be a Certified Code Enforcement Official with at least two years’ experience delivering In-service training as an adjunct instructor through DBSC; and
- Completed Fire Instructor I or equivalent or have at least an Associate’s Degree in the Building Construction field or equivalent.
Individuals wishing to obtain additional information on the Train-the-Trainer program should email the Division of Building Standards and Codes by January 18, 2019. The email address is: dosCodesTraining@dos.ny.gov
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.