June 2018 ICC Chapter Update

International Code Council Government Relations New Updates – June 2018
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Register for the 2018 ICC Annual Conference, Code Hearings & Expo October 21-31 in Richmond
Registration is now open for the 2018 ICC Annual Conference, Code Hearings and Expo, October 21-31 in Richmond, Va. This important building industry event offers educational sessions led by world-renowned experts, networking opportunities, historic building tours and the chance to influence the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). Register by Sunday, September 16, to take advantage of early-bird savings. The ICC Annual Conference offers a number of education programs for building safety professionals at all levels of their career that cover the I-Codes, disaster response, leadership, new technologies and much more. This year’s conference also includes a new plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas track. Attendees can earn CEUs for these courses.

ICC’s Code of Honor Scholarship Program provides opportunities to participate in code hearings
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 ICC’s Public Comment Hearings, October 24–31, 2018, in Richmond, Va. The application site will close on Friday, August 10. For details and a button to the application site, click here. For details about the ICC code development process, download these infographics: How It Works and By the Numbers.

ICC’s Electronic Voter Validation schedule announced including September 24 validation deadline
Voting Representatives must have their credentials validated by September 24 in order to fully participate in the 2018 Annual Business Meeting, Public Comment Hearings, and Online Governmental Consensus Vote. The International Code Council’s new and improved Electronic Voter Validation Site has reopened following the Online Assembly Motion Vote. Primary Representatives of current Governmental Members can click here to login and validate your Governmental Member Voting Representatives. This opportunity is for Governmental Member Voting Representatives whose voting credentials have not yet been validated for 2018 or whose voting rosters need to be changed.
• Voter validation window re-opened May 23, 2018
• Voter validation window closes September 24, 2018
For information, contact ICC Member Services at members@iccsafe.org or call 888-422-7233 (x33804). If you want to view videos from the 2018 Group A Committee Action Hearings, they are now available, streaming here for free. And if you want to review the official summary of the 2018 Group A Committee Action Hearings, click here.

Application deadline is June 22 for new members of the ICC Professional Development Council
Applications are now being accepted for new members of the Professional Development Council (PDC). The PDC is comprised of two committees: the Certification Committee (CC) and the Education Committee (EC), each made up of six members. Committee members meet in person or via web or telephone conference several times per year as needed. In-person meetings are held at least once a year, with travel expenses reimbursed. Individuals appointed to a PDC will be responsible for:
• Advising ICC staff and the ICC Board of Directors on all matters related to the Certification Program (CC) or Education Program activities (EC)
• Direction and oversight of Examination Development Committees (CC)
• Serving as a disciplinary board for the Certification Program (CC)
• Strengthening the credibility and quality of the ICC Education program (EC)
The closing date is June 22. Download the application on the Development Committees webpage.

Got PULSE? New ICC Pulse Podcast features national expert on Legionella and Legionnaire’s Disease
The ICC Pulse Podcast is a monthly podcast that offers listeners the inside scoop on the International Code Council and the building safety industry. This month, Pulse puts the spotlight on Dr. Janet Stout, a world-renowned expert on Legionella and Legionnaire’s disease. Dr. Stout, president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh and a research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, talks about the dangers of Legionella, where it’s most prevalent and how those at risk can protect themselves. To read more, click here.

Building Safety Month is done for 2018, but some useful promotional tools remain for code officials
By all measures, the 2018 Building Safety Month was a major success in the promotion of the International Codes and the code officials who work hard to protect safe and sustainable neighborhoods and business districts. But you don’t need to stop talking up code officials in June and the rest of the year. Here are several useful videos and other tools to raise the profile of code officials year round:
• The video “Code Officials: Building Safety Today for a Stronger Tomorrow.”
• The video “ICC’s Code Development Process.”
• The video “International Code Council’s Military Families Career Path Program.”
• Downloads that are free or minor cost, ranging from Building Safety Tips, public information brochures, rolls of 100 kids’ “Junior Building Safety Inspector” badges, tips on safety topics and a Building Safety Activity Book for Kids are useful 12 months each year.

Region II President Jack Applegate selected to receive the 2018 ICC Raising the Profile Award
The International Code Council selected Jack Applegate, a building official for Northwest Code Professionals in Eugene, Ore., to receive the 2018 ICC Raising the Profile Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization that has increased public awareness about code professionals and the importance of safety in the built environment. Applegate, a code professional with over 30 years of experience, is the president of ICC Region II and the vice chair of the ICC Building Code Action Committee. Click here to read more.

Emerging Leaders Membership Council dedicates ‘Mentoring Mondays’ video series to ICC Safety 2.0
A series of several online videos titled “Mentoring Mondays,” produced by Governing Council members of the Emerging Leaders Membership Council, have a new purpose in ICC’s Safety 2.0 Initiative. Mike Tomaselli, Chair of the ELMC Governing Committee, said the interviews are useful for recruiting young people and military veterans to seek careers as code officials. “What comes through so clearly are two points,” Tomaselli said. “First, there are huge opportunities for purposeful careers in America’s built environment. Second, the Baby Boom generation of code officials who will be retiring are committed to seeing the next generation succeed.” Click here to the four videos posted on the ELMC webpage.

Large exodus of retiring code officials opens doors to job opportunities for America’s veterans
In the next 15 years, the building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce. This is a tremendous opportunity for veterans looking for a job after military service as the building safety professions include a broad range of jobs such as building and plumbing inspectors, plans examiners and administrators. That’s why the International Code Council launched a new website for the ICC Military Families Career Path Program. The ICC Military Families Career Path Program is part of Safety 2.0, the Code Council’s signature initiative to welcome a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety profession. To learn more, visit www.iccsafe.org/military, share this video on the program, and contact any of the ICC Government Relations Regional Managers.

Deadline is July 3: Nominations sought by for ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award
The ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy advancing the principles of the International Code Council Sustainability Membership Council (SMC), in the field of energy efficiency and/or sustainability in the built environment. The award will be conferred on an individual or organization that demonstrates an exceptional record of contribution, either in one-time or cumulative efforts, made during their career or in the course of past operations. All nominations should be sponsored by an ICC Member or ICC Chapter (Regional, State, or Local). The National Leadership in Sustainability Award will be presented during the 2018 ICC Annual Conference (October 21–24, 2018) in Richmond, Va. For the application, click here.

August 10 is the deadline to apply for openings on ICC-ES Evaluation Committee
The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) seeks to fill openings on the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee, with qualified individuals who will evaluate proposed acceptance criteria prepared by staff concerning building products. Applications will be accepted until August 10, 2018. For more information, click here.

Look for ICC-ES Evaluation Reports for compliance on ICC 500-2014: ICC/NSSA Storm Shelter Standard
ICC-ES evaluates the design and construction criteria of Storm Shelters for high wind, hurricane and tornado requirements required by the following: a) ICC-500-2014: ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters b) FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business, and c) FEMA P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms. ICC-ES is the only agency with the institutional knowledge to evaluate products to the requirements of its Acceptance Criteria.

Rainwater harvesting systems standard for North America is now available for local adoptions
The CSA B805/ICC 805 Standard for rainwater harvesting systems is available as a download now, and addresses roof surface rainwater and stormwater (rainwater that has come in contact with the ground or a green roof) being used as source water. Rainwater harvesting systems have become more common across North America. Code officials responsible for inspecting these systems have voiced their need for more detailed design parameters to ensure safe implementation of these systems. For this reason the Canadian Standards Association and the International Code Council formed a joint committee to create a rainwater harvesting standard for use in North America. The intent of the standard is to:
• Provide detailed design parameters to ensure rainwater harvesting systems are designed and installed in a way that protects the health and safety of others.
• Make it easier for local jurisdictions to accept and approve rainwater harvesting systems.
• Provide a framework for designers and code officials to implement systems meeting the intent of existing codes.

Renowned water experts join together to form the ANCR Water Technical Committee
ICC and the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) recently appointed experts to assist in developing the U.S.’s first whole-community resilience benchmarks related to water systems. The ANCR Water Technical Committee will determine the criteria to evaluate a community’s capacity, risk awareness, competence and resources to respond to disasters or other events that affect the quality or availability of water. The full roster of specialists is available here. “Water is an essential component for resilient communities. From access to clean drinking water to functioning sewage systems, communities must ensure that their water systems are strong, resistant to damage and quick to recover after an incident,” said ANCR’s Chairman Maj. General Warren C. Edwards USA (Ret.). “We are excited to have this distinguished group of water experts to discuss the best ways to measure and prepare communities for a potential disaster.” Contact ResilientAlliance@gmail.com for more information.

July 13 is the deadline to compete and win $2,500 in the World Standards Day Paper Competition
The World Standards Day (WSD) Paper Competition is open to any United States citizen who is in the private sector, government, or academia, including employees of standards developing organizations, and involves a $2,500 prize to the winner at the WSD Dinner on October 18 in Washington, D.C. Every year a theme is selected and this year’s theme is Innovation Nation. The U.S. Planning Committee sponsors a paper competition based on the theme and this year the rules for the competition allow various topics to be chosen as part of the general theme including use of standards to facilitate international trade; standards and the law (IP, copyright, antitrust); how standards support sustainability, accessibility, safety, etc. Click here for more information.

ICC Region II issues challenge to other ICC Regions to start their own mentoring “shadow” programs
International Code Council Region II, which represents the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, has issued a mentoring challenge to all ICC chapters. In the spirit of the International Code Council’s Safety 2.0 initiative to welcome a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety profession, Region II has stood up their own mentor shadow program, SAFETY 2.R.
The Region II SAFETY 2.R program is a way for ICC members to help build the next generation of code officials on the regional level. A “shadow candidate” will be selected by the Region II executive board president each year to accompany them at the ICC Annual Conference, Code Hearings and Expo. The shadowing provides an opportunity for candidates to walk in the footsteps of the association’s current leaders and experience the path of leadership. This year’s selected candidate will attend the ICC conference in Richmond, Va. Region II wants you to do the same. In order to apply for the shadow program, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume prior to Sept. 1, 2018. Click here to read more. Contact ICC Region II with questions.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.
Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:
• June 6 – Legal Principles.
• June 7 – Seismic Design Using Structural Dynamics (2015 IBC® / ASCE 7–10 / ACI 318–14).
• June 12 – Frequently Misunderstood Foundation Design Provisions.
• June 13 – Finding the Answers in the I-Codes.
• June 14 – Part II: Design of Connections and Components for Precast Concrete Parking Structures.
• June 19 – Principles of Post-Tensioned Concrete.
• June 20 – Principles of Customer Service.
• June 21 – Frame of Reference: Steel Moment Frames Explained.
• June 26 – Mass Timber Structural Design: Engineering Modern Timber Structures.
• June 28 – What Can Structural Engineers Do to Address the Problem of Floor Vibrations?
• July 11 – IMC Administration and General Requirements.
• July 18 – IMC Ventilation and Duct Systems.
• July 25 – IMC Exhaust Systems.
• August 1 – IMC Combustion Air and Venting.
• August 8 – IMC Boiler and Hydronic Piping.
• August 21 – IMC Refrigeration, Fuel Oil Piping and Storage, and Solar Systems.

The following is the updated list of ICC Institutes and other training opportunities across the nation. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function:
• June 11-12 in St. Louis “When Disaster Strikes” Institute.
• June 18-19 in East Greenwich, R.I., The Complete Permit Technician.
• June 20 in Brea, Calif., 2015 Means of Egress with Doug Thornburg.
• July 9-11 in Oakland, Calif., Prepare for the Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector Certification Exam.
• July 11-12 at Country Club Hills, Ill., 2015 IBC Special Topics with Doug Thornburg.
• July 16-19 at Chelsea, Mass., Code Official Institute with Ron Lynn and John Gibson.
• August 13-15 in Portland, Ore., Fire & Life Safety Institute.
• September 10-11 in Brea, Calif., in St. Louis “When Disaster Strikes” Institute.
• September 17-20 in Dallas, Texas, 14 Permit Technician Certification Test Academy | 2.1 CEUs.
• September 24-25 in Brea, Calif., Permit Technician Institute | 1.2 CEUs.
• October 9 in Country Club Hills, Ill., 2015 Means of Egress with Doug Thornburg.
• November 5-8 at the ICC office in Country Hills, Ill., 64 Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector Certification Test Academy.
• December 3-4 at Atlanta, Ga., Permit Technician Institute | 1.2 CEUs.

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Bridgeport’s Liability in Fire That Killed 4

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Bridgeport’s Liability in Fire That Killed 4

The state’s high court upholds the Appellate Court and says a jury could have found that Bridgeport was liable for the deaths of a mother and her three young children in an apartment fire.

By Robert Storace | December 18, 2017 at 01:34 PM

The city of Bridgeport and its fire department cannot escape trial over their alleged liability in a fire that killed a woman and her three children by failing to inspect their apartment’s smoke detectors, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In a 4-2 decision, the state’s high court agreed with the Connecticut Appellate Court that a jury could reasonably find the Bridgeport Fire Department’s conduct demonstrated “a reckless disregard for health or safety under all the relevant circumstances.”

The Appellate Court ruling reversed a Superior Court’s summary judgment order for the defendants, which found the city and fire department were immune from liability under Connecticut’s General Statute 52-557n. The case will be remanded back to Bridgeport Superior Court for trial next year.

Attorneys for the family’s estate said the ruling was not a surprise.

“The decision clarifies the city’s inaction in inspecting multifamily residences,” said John Bochanis, partner with Daly, Weihing & Bochanis in Bridgeport. “This decision protects the public at large by enforcing the municipal obligation that they have to annually inspect residences with three families or more.”

The city never conducted annual fire inspections at the P.T. Barnum complex as required by state statute, Bochanis said.

No one from the Bridgeport Housing Authority responded to a request for comment Monday.

According to Monday’s decision, the fire chief said in deposition that the department didn’t have the proper funding to keep up with inspections.

The estate is seeking monetary damages as it awaits a trial next year. Bochanis declined to say how much the estate is seeking.

The family was killed in the city’s largest public housing complex. The high court wrote that the estate of the family alleged the fire department “failed to conduct a statutorily required annual fire safety inspection of the apartment and that the defendants knew or should have known about and remedied a number of asserted defects in the apartment, including the absence of fire escapes and photoelectric smoke detectors.”

According to the Connecticut Post, one lawsuit was dropped against the city after the Bridgeport Housing Authority and the contractor, Worth Construction Co. of Bethel, agreed to a $2.75 million settlement. At the time in 2013, the judge ordered Worth to pay the settlement, according to the Post.

Bochanis declined to discuss the settlement, but said it does not affect the decision by the high court to remand the case back to Bridgeport Superior Court for a trial in 2018.

The high court singled out both lower courts for improperly articulating the standard that governs the reckless-disregard exception to municipality immunity.

Writing for the majority, Justice Carmen Espinosa wrote that a jury “reasonably could find that the defendants’ persistent failure to inspect the decedents’ apartments and thousands of other multifamily units in Bridgeport in violation of their statutory duty … arose from and exemplified a pattern of reckless disregard for public health or safety and created a foreseeable and substantial risk that some tragedy of this general sort would occur, and accordingly, the defendants were not entitled to summary judgment on that issue.”

In writing the dissent, Justice Andrew McDonald said, “The trial court properly concluded that the municipal defendants were shielded from liability under 52-557n (b) (8) for failure to inspect the subject premises.” McDonald, who was joined by Justice Richard Palmer, wrote that the “principal flaws” in the analysis of the majority include failing to sufficiently distinguish reckless disregard from negligence and failing to recognize that the burden of preventing the risk of harm is an essential element of recklessness.

Attorney Daniel Krisch of Halloran & Sage represents the city of Bridgeport. He said Monday that the city is “disappointed in the decision. We think it expands municipal liability well beyond what the Legislature intended and we are considering our options. The only real option is a motion for reconsideration, which we are considering.”

Joining Espinosa in the majority were Chief Justice Chase Rogers and Justices Dennis Eveleigh and Christine Vertefeuille.

Partner Thomas Weihing is assisting Bochanis.

January ICC Updates

Our veterans deserve great jobs. America needs more code officials. Let’s make this work!
The International Code Council is leading the ICC Military Families Building Career Path Program, to help veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options. As ICC Government Relations Vice President Sara Yerkes says, “We need new blood. And they need jobs. We know people in the military have the characteristics we’re looking for: discipline, integrity, character, teamwork, technical knowledge, strong work ethic and the ability to follow procedures.” Find out more about this new and exciting initiative!

ISO donates $3,500 to the ICC High School Technical Training Program as an investment in the future
The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), a Verisk Analytics business, recently donated $3,500 to the ICC High School Technical Training Program(HSTTP) after hearing Program Liaison Jim Elwood present on the program during the 2017 ICC Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Ellwood spoke on “How to Start a High School Technical Training Program at Your Local Technical High School or College” and conference attendees were guided on how to access detailed information on the HSTTP, how to enroll a school into the program, how students qualify for COAs under the program guidelines, and how easy and flexible the HSTTP is to use. Check out this video on the HSTTP.

The DEADLINE IS JAN. 8 to send in proposed online code changes for Group A Codes using cdpACCESS
The deadline for cdpACCESS online receipt of code change proposals is Monday Jan. 8. The Group A Codes consist of:

  • International Building Code® (IBC®)—IBC-E, IBC-FS, IBC-G
  • International Fire Code® (IFC®)
  • International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®)
  • International Mechanical Code® (IMC®)
  • International Plumbing Code® (IPC®)
  • International Property Maintenance Code® (IPMC®)
  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code® (IPSDC®)
  • International Residential Code® (IRC®)—IRC-M, IRC-P
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code® (ISPSC®)
  • International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® (IWUIC®)
  • International Zoning Code® (IZC®)

See page 2 of the 2018/2019 Code Development Schedule for details, click here.

Registration is open to attend the Group A Codes Committee Action Hearings in Columbus, Ohio
The Committee Action Hearings are free to attend and offer code officials, architects, builders, engineers, designers, PMG and pool & spa professionals an opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the 2018 Group A International Codes®. ICC members can also earn CEUs for attending. Registration is now open for ICC’s 2018 Committee Action Hearings, Apr. 15–25 in Columbus, Ohio. Code Council Members and stakeholders can collaborate, review, submit and vote (if eligible) on code change proposals and public comments via ICC’s cdpACCESS online code development tool. To learn more about using cdpACCESS, click here. For a schedule of events at the Group A hearings, click here.

Vaughn Wicker, exemplary for work ethic and loyalty, retires after 23 years of service to code industry
Longtime ICC staff member Vaughn Wicker, an integral member of the ICC government relations team since 2003, retired Dec. 31. Known for his quick wit, easygoing manner and Carolina drawl, Wicker has spent 23 years doing what he enjoys best — working with people from diverse backgrounds. Wicker served as staff liaison to North Carolina and South Carolina. More recently, he was the ICC staff liaison for the Building Official Membership Council, helping to organize and coordinate its activities. In recognition of his unparalleled service to ICC, he received the 2013 William J. Tangye Staff Recognition Award, which is given in honor of William J. Tangye, the first CEO of ICC. Wicker made such an impression on Tangye with his knowledge and desire to learn more from his peers across the South that Tangye asked him to speak on the first code change on the agenda at the 1980 Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) conference. Wicker now plans to focus on his favorite activities — elevating his golf game and spending time with his family.

ASHRAE partners with ICC to publish the latest energy efficiency requirements in a single source
With energy efficiency high on the national construction agenda, ICC and ASHRAE released the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. By compiling the complete text of the 2018 IECC and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, this joint resource offers users a convenient publication that contains the latest requirements for energy efficiency in a single volume to provide the information needed to achieve optimal energy conservation in both residential and commercial construction.

ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian provides insights to online publication Code Watcher
Code Watcher, an online and print publication about codes, recently published an article written by ICC-Evaluation Services President Shahin Moinian about the unique value of ICC-ES and how building code officials need more transparency in the building product evaluation arena to ensure specified products comply with codes and standards. The article, seen by clicking here, provides a well-written explanation of ICC-ES and its functions.

Colorado state code agency develops toolkit on the energy code that is adaptable to any state
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), provides the Energy Code Support Partnership (ECSP) Toolkit as a resource to support government and policy decision makers, building department personnel, contractors and developers, homeowners and business owners, and many additional stakeholders in embracing the latest national model energy codes. The toolkits are designed to assist users in accessing and connecting to relevant energy code-related tools and resources. It uses modules relating to the 2009 IECC, the 2012 IECC and the 2015 IECC.

Government Relations’ webpage offers public relations tools for Members to use
ICC Members are making good use of tools found on the Government Relations webpage to educate the public about their jobs, how codes are updated, the importance of updated codes and other topics. One asset is the webpage “Value of the Code Official,” developed by ICC Membership. It includes a video, a PowerPoint presentation, talking points and a flyer. The GR webpage also lists the video, as well as:

ICC donates 2018 International Codes books to U.S. Virgin Islands to aid in recovery projects
Efforts to rebuild continue as the U.S. Virgin Islands recovers from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. After a visit to conduct preliminary field investigations, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) witnessed first-hand the impact of the destruction to the Department of Permits and Natural Resources (DPNR). FEMA’s Federal Resilience Lead Erin Mack Ashley, PhD, LEEP AP, reported that the DPNR offices were in the airport on the upper floor and were completely flooded causing the office to lose everything, including their computers, files and code books. After coordinating with Sara Yerkes, ICC Senior Vice President of Government Relations, ICC arranged the donation of 2018 International Codes books to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

U.S. Department of Defense recognizes IAS personnel certification body accreditation
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) now recognizes the International Accreditation Service’s (IAS) Personnel Certification Bodies Accreditation Program under its Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) program, a joint initiative of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. “As an internationally-recognized provider of accreditation services to personnel certification bodies, we are proud of this DOD recognition, which will help us better serve those who have honored us through their service in the U.S. Armed Forces, and to encourage excellence in the next generation of the U.S. workforce,” said IAS President Chuck Ramani. Read more here.

Economic toll of California wildfire season expect to hit $180 billion for 2017
2017 was one of the worst wildfire seasons on record for California with 46 fatalities, 210 injuries and 11,355 structures destroyed to date. The economic toll of the 2017 season is predicted to rise to $180 billion, causing enormous financial hardship to the state’s communities, businesses and families. Our hearts are with everyone affected. Even though the ICC/CALBO donation match has ended, you can still donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts here. Check out ICC’s wildfire resources to see what steps you can take to protect lives and property at home and in your community.

30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner registration is open
Registration is now open for the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner, hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) on April 18-19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Attended by approximately 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders from across the country, the event is the largest and most prestigious gathering of fire service officials, featuring important seminars and opportunities for interaction with federal policy makers. Read more by clicking here.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.

  • January 17-19 in San Diego, Calif., is the Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector Certification Test Academy to provide instruction, individual/ group interactive review exercises, evening assignments and opportunity to practice test taking. Topics covered are general requirements; concrete quality; reinforcement; formwork, joints and embeds and concrete placement, protection and curing of the special inspection certification exam.
  • January 22-23 is the Special Inspection Agency Accreditation Training  in the Club Quarters (second floor conference center), 52 William Street, New York, N.Y. Anyone performing special inspections in New York City will want to attend this two-day course offered by the International Accreditation Service (IAS). Provides overview of the accreditation requirements for the New York City Department of Buildings.
  • January 22-25 is set for the Fire Inspector I Certification Test Academy in San Antonio, Texas. Features expert instruction and includes interactive review exercises, practice exams and individual and group-based activities to help you get better prepared to take the exam.
  • January 22-25 in Brea, Calif., is the Code Official Institute to learn necessary administrative and management skills to become a Code Official, including human resource management, financial management, ethics, increasing credibility of the Code Official and legal strategies.
  • January 29-31 in Kansas City, Mo., are the dates for the Principles of Building Safety Institute, covering the unique concepts of building safety while addressing the principles and the science behind code provisions. ICC national experts will cover topics including principles of fire protection, principles of egress and principles of materials.
  • February 5-6 in Baltimore, Md., is the Leadership Institute, focusing on prescriptive skills for managing change within organizations. Leadership techniques help to  encourage employees to commit to the change process. Tactical methods which critically examine the behaviors of employees to identify what stage of the change process each are in will be mastered as well.
  • February 5-8 in Chicago, Ill., will be the B1 Residential Building Inspector Certification Test Academy. Topics include code administration; building planning; footings and foundation; floor construction; wall construction and coverings; roof/ceiling construction and public safety and special construction of the residential building inspector certification exam.
  • February 12–16 is the 2018 Upper Great Plains Region III Educational Institute in Chaska, Minn. It features a wide spectrum of specialized courses and the opportunity to earn important CEUs. With topics of interest to all building design, construction and inspection professionals, the Institute also provides an excellent opportunity for you to network, share experiences and solve problems in the comfortable environment of the Oak Ridge Hotel & Convention Center.
  • February 26-28 is slated for the Fire & Life Safety Institute at Brea, Calif., an overview of the fire and life safety requirements of buildings as indicated in the 2015 International Building Code.
  • March 19–23, 2018 are the dates for EduCode 2018, which is geared for building safety and code compliance professionals. All sessions are approved through the ICC Preferred Provider Program and cover topics that include architectural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, structural, fire protection, code enforcement and leadership. Spend up to five days in Las Vegas for specialized training and earn up to 4.0 CEUs. Certification exams will be offered onsite during EduCode 2018. Register by Feb. 19for the best course selection and early-bird rates.

Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on critical code topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date. Many Seminars offer a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection. Upcoming 2018 Seminars:

Online learning is available 24/7 from the ICC Learning Center. We have added over 80 new online courses to our already robust catalog. See the complete listing in the Learning Center under “Online Courses.” Keep your skills sharp and earn CEUs – on your schedule.