April 2018 ICC Chapter Update

International Code Council Government Relations New Updates – April 2018
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You can make the 2018 Building Safety Month a huge hit in your jurisdiction with a proclamation
Scheduling a signing event with a mayor, a city council or a county commission is fairly simple. Just download a 2018 Building Safety Month proclamation (for free), and edit it with the name of the signer and the jurisdiction involved. Then, make the arrangement for a presentation on Building Safety Month, show this video and end it with the proclamation signing. For your office, you can also download (for free) the official 2018 Building Safety Month poster which you can copy and tape throughout the office. If you’d like to make a presentation to schools, you can download (for free) the official Building Safety Month Activity Book for Kids and hand them out. The activity book features color pages, crossword puzzle, word search, junior code official certificate and more. Great to hand out from the building department counter or at school assemblies. For just $8, you can order a roll of 100 Junior ICC Building Safety Inspector badges. There are even two (free) downloads on how to conduct Building Safety Month events! Need a handout? Download the (free) Building Safety Month information brochure. There are other items for free or for purchase to help celebrate Building Safety Month in May and to raise the profile of code officials and the great service they provide to communities. Here’s the link.

Five weekly themes amplify the 2018 Building Safety Month theme: “Building Codes Save Lives”
After the floods, wildfires, high winds and destruction of the past 12 months, Americans support the safety and community-based resiliency that are provided by the International Code Council’s newest codes and by code officials in all 50 states and in the U.S. territories. This is your opportunity to shine and to spread the word! The 2018 BSM theme is “Building Codes Save Lives” and the weekly themes are:
• Week One (May 1-5): “Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities”
• Week Two (May 6-12): “Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science & Technology”
• Week Three (May 13-19): “Protecting Communities from Disasters”
• Week Four (May 20-26): “Safeguarding Our Water”
• Week Five (May 27-31): “Improving Education & Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow”

First of three major ICC national events starts April 15 in Columbus with Committee Action Hearings
The 2018 Committee Action Hearings are April 15–23, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The hearings offer code and fire officials, architects, builders, engineers, and plumbing, mechanical and energy conservation professionals the opportunity to debate proposed changes to the Group A International Codes®. The hearings are free to attend, but preregistration is recommended. Now available online is the hearing schedule and complete list of proposed code changes and updates. A live video feed will be available online for those who cannot attend the hearings in person. Additional resources:
• Download infographics about the process: How It Works and By The Numbers.
• To register for the Committee Action Hearings, visit www.iccsafe.org/springhearings.
• For more information about the code development process, click here.
• Join the conversation on social media using #2018codehearings.
The other two major events are:
• The Third Annual Chapter Leadership Academy is set for June 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colo. Chapter Vice Presidents and Chapter Officers are encouraged to attend. Register by clicking here, and let us know how many leaders from your Chapter plan to attend.
• The 2018 Annual Conference, Code Hearings and Expo in Richmond, Va., October 21–31. The conference includes top-notch education sessions, building tours, Global Connections Day, valuable networking and the opportunity to help finalize the Group A 2021 International Codes in the Public Comment Hearings.

Application deadline is April 19 for positions on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Council
Nominees are sought to serve on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Council (MHCC), a Federal advisory council that reports to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The MHCC provides policy and regulatory suggestions and guidance to HUD and it consists of 21 members, from three categories: Producers, Users, and General Interest and Public Officials. ICC seeks individuals who would represent the General Interest and Public Official categories who would reflect ICC’s interest in safety in manufactured housing. There is a requirement that members of the Council meet certain conflict of interest requirements, and must submit an application, demonstrating interest and relevant experience/knowledge. If interested, David Karmol, email dkarmol@iccsafe.org, is available to assist in submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by April 19.

PMG Membership Council features speech by Legionnaires’ disease expert April 15 in Columbus
ICC Members attending ICC Membership Council meetings and the Group A Committee Action Hearings in Columbus, Ohio, are invited to hear Dr. Janet Stout, a world-renowned expert in Legionnaires’ disease prevention. She will be speaking about “Controlling Legionella: New Focus on Building Water Safety and Management” at the PMG Membership Council meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 15. Email lclifton@iccsafe.org to reserve your spot. Space is limited, so RSVP today. Other ICC Membership Councils’ Governing Committees are planning to meet during the weekend, including the Building Officials Membership Council, the Fire Service Membership Council, the Emerging Leaders Membership Council and the Sustainability Membership Council. The Major Jurisdictions Committee will meet 8:30 to 11 a.m. on April 15.

Specialists start work on the nation’s first community-wide resilience benchmarks related to buildings
The Alliance for National & Community Resilience’s (ANCR) first technical committee met March 26 to start constructing the first benchmark for the ANCR system. A renowned group of subject matter experts was selected to assist the International Code Council and ANCR in the development of the nation’s first whole-community resilience benchmarks related to buildings. The Resilient Buildings Committee consists of architects, code officials, government experts and other industry professionals from the New York City Department of Buildings, Dow Chemical Company, National Institute of Building Sciences and more. For more on the meeting, the committee members and the goals, click here.

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.

New report shows states vary significantly in electrical code adoption and safety focus
A report recently released by the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute reviews trends in adoption of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), across the U.S. states. Reviewing state adoption practices revealed significant variability in state-level attention to electrical safety. Through interviews and surveys with individuals recently responsible for electrical code adoption, the Policy Institute learned of growing political pressures leading to slower adoptions and the removal of safety requirements. This report, providing information for policymakers, highlights the role of the NEC in improving electrical safety and the overwhelming expectation of the public that fire and electrical safety codes are kept current. This is a short summary document that contains the general findings and recommendations of the longer report, as well as a visual graphic that illustrates the process and resources that go into developing the NEC.

ICC’s Beth Tubbs is featured on Grenfell Tower fire discussion on the newest ICC Pulse Podcast
Hundreds tuned in last month to the first ICC Pulse Podcast. The Pulse is back with episode two featuring Beth Tubbs, a senior staff engineer at the International Code Council. Although the Grenfell Tower fire is almost a year passed, the effects on the global codes and standards community is still ongoing. In this episode, Beth provides insight on the tragedy and the global response, including:
• What caused the fire
• Response from the UK
• Response from the Code Council
• Resources and tools
• The future of codes and standards

Model Inspection Checklist for Residential Rooftop PV can be downloaded free of charge
The popular and frequently referenced Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop PV is now updated and expanded to include the latest national and international codes and safety insight for the rapidly expanding solar industry. Created by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the resource provides basic guidelines for reviewing a building permit plan application and inspecting most residential rooftop PV systems. In 2017, this document was identified in a national survey of code officials as one of the top five solar resources used in the course of their work. It includes solar-specific code requirements updated to the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the most current international building, residential, and fire codes. It is intended for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and others who provide plan review and inspection services, as well as for solar installers. The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the International Code Council (ICC) contributed to the updating of this document, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. “ICC is committed to helping our members contribute to the safety and resiliency of their local communities. Best practices documents and processes like the Model Inspection Checklist equips AHJs with powerful tools to support safe and effective solar installations for consumers in their communities,” adds Shawn Martin, International Code Council – Solar Rating and Certification Corporation. Download for free.

Weather Channel’s CEO to keynote the National Disaster Resilience Conference this fall
Dave Shull, CEO of The Weather Channel, will keynote the 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC) in Clearwater Beach, Fla., in November. Shull opened the conference last year and provided one of the top-rated presentations of the gathering. The NDRC is a premier leadership conference that brings together the nation’s foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement, drawing a diverse crowd of experts and organizations across all sectors. Early bird registration is now available for those representing academic, corporate, government, nonprofit, organizations, as well as students and speakers.

2018 marks 30-year anniversary of the Robert T. Stafford Act helping communities recover
This year marks the 30-year anniversary since the Robert T. Stafford Act was amended to include funding for hazard mitigation grants as a way to help communities recover and rebuild after a Presidentially-declared disaster. In the last three decades, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs have expanded to three mitigation grant programs for pre-and post-disaster events and recently surpassed $15 billion in funding provided for state, local, tribal and territorial mitigation projects. Communities across the nation are now more resilient, and that growth continues. View a detailed timeline showcasing defining events and advancements in the history of FEMA’s mitigation assistance program and watch Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch Chiefs Karen Helbrecht, Michael Hillenburg and Anna Pudlo share their reflections on the value and benefits of mitigation.

PMG CodeNotes focus on Firestopping for Plumbing and Piping Systems Based on 2018 IBC® and IPC®
The PMG Official Membership Council is committed to providing its members informative code support documents. Click here for your free downloadable copy of CodeNotes. This issue of CodeNotes discusses firestopping, a life safety topic that is briefly addressed in the International Plumbing Code. The bulk of the topic is addressed within the International Building Code. CodeNotes is provided courtesy of the ICC PMG Official Membership Council.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.
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.” And single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on critical code 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:
• April 10 – Design of Structural Glass – Explained by Examples, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific, Andrea Hektor, S.E., speaker.
• April 12 – Tornado and High Wind Sheltering with Masonry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific, Diane B. Throop, P.E., FASTM, FTMS and W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, P.E., FASTM, speakers.
• April 17 – Design and Construction of Post-Tensioned Slabs on Ground Using the PTI Method, 11 a.m. to 130 p.m. Pacific, Bryan Allred, S.E., speaker.
• April 19 – Parking Garage Design with Precast/Prestressed Concrete, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific, Ned M. Cleland, Ph.D., P.E., speaker.
• April 19 – Fire Protection of Sloped Combustible Attic Spaces, Kevin Maughan will discuss Globe’s new protection method, and how this approach delivers superior fire protection while reducing hydraulic demand typically required for spaces. Starts 11 a.m. Eastern.
• April 19 – Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6-2015 Version), complementary registration, 10:55 a.m. to noon and 1:55 to 3 p.m. (held twice). Loren Ross, PE, AWC, presenter.
• April 24 – High-Rise Building Design, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific, Lawrence C. Novak, S.E., SECB, FACI, FSEI, CERT, LEED® AP, speaker.
• April 26 – Accounting for Structural Irregularities in Seismic Design by ASCE 7-10/2015 IBC®, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific, S. K. Ghosh, Ph.D., speaker.
• May 10 – Choosing Construction Type Just Got Easier: Design Tools to Simplify IBC Chapter 5, offered twice 10:55 a.m. to noon, and 1:55 to 3 p.m. Ricky McLain, Woodworks, and Paul Coats, PE, CBO, AWC, are presenters.
• May 16 – Overview of Code Enforcement. This first of its kind series is geared toward the Permit Technician. Take one or take them all. This and the next five live webinars are the perfect opportunity to get training without taking time away from the office to travel.
• May 23 – Reading Construction Documents.
• May 30 – Building Department Processes.
• June 6 – Legal Principles.
• June 13 – Finding the Answers in the I-Codes®.
• June 20 – Principles of Customer Service.

The following is the updated list of institutes and other training opportunities across the nation:
• April 9-11 in Portland, Maine, Principles of Building Safety. Participants deepen understanding and logic of code provisions for effective design, construction, application and interpretation.
• April 17-18 in Dallas, Texas, Permit Technician Institute | 1.2 CEUs.
• May 7-10 in Philadelphia, Penn., 64 Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector Certification Test Academy. You will have the opportunity to take the exam on the final day while the information is still fresh in your memory or receive a voucher to take the exam at a later date.
• May 8-9 in Las Vegas, Nev., Leadership Institute. Manage change within your organization by obtaining the leadership techniques, tactical methods and critical knowledge that is critical for effective leaders.
• May 21-22 in Washington, D.C., Training on the 2017 Revision to ISO/IEC 17025. Learn about requirements in the 2017 revision to the laboratory QA/QC standard, ISO/IEC 17025, to accredit laboratories. Instructor is Ned Gravel, IAS Training Manager and 20 year veteran of the conformity assessment community in Canada and the US.
• June 11-12 in St. Louis “When Disaster Strikes” 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.
• 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.