Code Council joins offsite construction industry at the 2022 World of Modular Annual Convention

The Code Council will join modular construction professionals from around the world at this year’s 39th annual World of Modular Convention and Tradeshow hosted by the Modular Building Institute (MBI) on April 25-28. The World of Modular Convention will be at San Antonio, Texas, to provide opportunities to network and attend educational presentations on the latest trends in off-site construction. It also extends the opportunity to discuss ongoing industry issues, including housing affordability and building quality and sustainability. The Code Council and MBI developed multiple resources in 2021 to help support the safe and efficient use of off-site construction. The organizations released two new American National Standards to support consistency within the off-site construction process and how off-site construction projects demonstrate compliance with building codes. To view the Code Council’s off-site construction resources and modular standards, visit our webpage. For speaker and agenda information for the World of Modular Convention, read more here.

FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act provisions advance building safety, resilience and sustainability

The Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, bipartisan legislation to fund the U.S. federal government through September 30, 2022, includes several measures that the Code Council championed to support building safety professionals, including:

  • The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2022. The Act provides grants to state, tribal and territorial governments that adopt building safety codes—including the International Fire Code and the International Residential Code—that require CO poisoning prevention measures. Funding provided may be used for education, training and the purchase and installation of CO alarms. The Code Council joined construction industry associations and national fire and life safety organizations in support of it.
  • Prioritization of Building Resilience and Infrastructure Communities (BRIC) program funding for the adoption and implementation of hazard resistant codes. The bill includes language – advocated for by the Code Council – requiring that FEMA develop a plan addressing how the Agency and BRIC can better assist state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments in adopting and implementing building codes that advance community resilience. The legislation also increases BRIC funding for code activities and other capability and capacity building measures by 50 percent.
  • A 20 percent increase in funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), which funds the development, adoption and implementation of energy conservation codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code. The Code Council spearheaded a coalition of state and industry organizations and sustainability advocates

in support of an increase in funding to meet growing demand from state and local governments for updated, locally tailored energy codes.

Read more about it here.

FEMA is helping state and local jurisdictions understand the savings achieved by using current codes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with state and local governments to capture significant benefits provided by up-to-date codes. In a recent study of the losses avoided by the adoption of codes, FEMA found that currently 65 percent of counties, cities and towns across the U.S. have not adopted modern hazard-resistant building codes; only 50 percent of cumulative post-2000 construction adhered to the International Codes; and 30 percent of new construction is occurring in communities with no codes at all or codes that are outdated more than 20 years. Read more of this insightful article by Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation at ICC, about how FEMA has recognized the valuable role of building codes in reducing the impacts of disasters by clicking here.

Virtual meeting scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Central April 13 to discuss development of ICC 1300 standard

A virtual meeting of the Code Council’s Residential Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Standard Consensus Committee (IS-RSARC) will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 13, to discuss the development of the ICC 1300 standard. As an American National Standards Institute accredited standards developing organization, the Code Council is undertaking a project coordinated with the California Earthquake Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a Code Council standard for the seismic evaluation and retrofit of one- and two-family dwellings (including

townhouses) designated as ICC 1300, Standard for the Vulnerability-Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Read more here.

REGISTER NOW: Free webinar on performance-based structural fire design is scheduled for May 10

The International Code Council will join the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Charles Pankow Foundation on Tuesday, May 10, to host a free webinar on expanding the implementation and adoption of performance-based structural fire design. This webinar will provide an overview for individuals who are involved with the design, construction or regulatory approvals of buildings. Read more here.

A series of live events is scheduled to help members learn about Digital Codes Premium Complete

A series of live webinar events are scheduled to help ICC members learn more about ICC Digital Codes Premium Complete and how to search codes faster, collaborate seamlessly, share access, organize notes and never miss a code update. Registration links are available here for the following dates:

Dates are also set for July and August. Since 2020, ICC has tripled the amount of content to over 600 titles and continually growing across codes, standards, supplementary materials and more. The Code Council will continue to enhance the features and functionality and add new content

ICC Community Development Solutions presented the Laserfiche President’s Award for record sales

ICC Community Development Solutions (ICC CDS) was presented with the prestigious President’s Award at the annual 2022 Laserfiche Winners’ Circle meeting on February 26, 2022, in Carlsbad, California. ICC CDS was recognized as the channel partner who achieved the highest total net new revenue from midsize private or public sector organizations with 500 or more employees. Read more here.

New standard could address hot water storage tanks used in solar thermal water heating systems

The International Code Council (ICC) has initiated a project to develop a new standard addressing hot water storage tanks used in solar thermal water heating systems. The new standard, to be designated ICC 903/SRCC 500, is to be developed through ICC’s ANSI-approved standard development process. To date, the ICC Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee has met virtually in January, February and March. As according to ICC’s standard development process, all meetings are open to the public. A formal meeting notification, along with login information can be found online here. The committee is

currently working to refine the scope and content of the new standard. Various task groups will likely be established in the near future to prepare the text for the draft document. Read more here.

New clearinghouse website provides insights on training and resources for clean energy technologies

Code officials play a pivotal role in the adoption and reliability of emerging clean energy technologies and the resilience and safety in communities. That’s why the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the International Code Council and a team of partners have developed a new clearinghouse website with the most current training and resources related to clean energy technologies. Read more here.

Women in Building Safety: Career path experiences shared among women in Episode 45

In Episode 45, Cecilia Muela, Building Official and Assistant Director with 4LEAF, Inc., and Code Council Instructor, talks with Rachel Patterson, Code Enforcement Officer with the Town of Erie, Colorado; Aleris Dunn, Chief Building Official with the City of Rohnert Park, California; Hilda Martinez, Code Enforcement Investigator with the City of Brownsville, Texas; and Lucero Aréchiga, Senior Public Information Officer for the City of Austin, Texas about their experiences in entering the building safety profession and ways to access resources and opportunities to encourage career growth in the field.