Experts in building codes discuss how enforcing current building codes saves communities’ resources

A webinar recorded during 2021 Building Safety Month zeroes in on how using current building codes saves lives, property and money is now available online. Titled “Building Codes: Science That Shows They Work and Why They Are So Important,” the event was sponsored by FEMA Region 5. It features:

  • Dr. Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, P.E. Executive Director of the Multi- Hazard Mitigation (MMC) and Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).
  • Ryan M. Colker, J.D., CAE Vice President, Innovation at the International Code Council and Executive Director of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience.
  • Leslie Chapman-Henderson President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®.

The webinar brought together experts on building codes to talk about the importance of investing in building codes now, how to communicate successfully about building codes, and why FEMA is encouraging their use throughout its Hazard Mitigation programs. See it here.

Code Council and Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation join forces to support code officials

The International Code Council and Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation (CEOSF) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share resources and exchange information in support of code official safety. The Code Council and CEOSF will work together to promote best practices for the safety of code officials, provide resources and up-to-date training that encourages the highest standard of professionalism throughout the building safety community, and recognize code enforcement professionals that have paid the highest price to protect their communities. Read more here.

New report from U.S. Fire Administration updates statistics from all reported residential building fires

Home fires account for the vast majority of civilian fire casualties. A new report from the U.S. Fire Administration describes the characteristics of all residential building fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System for 2017-2019. These fires resulted in an annual average of 2,770 deaths, 11,650 injuries and $8.1 billion in property loss. Read more here.

Webinar recording features experts on field-level experience with remote and virtual inspections

The advantages of remote virtual inspections are so great that they will likely become a popular and routine tool for the foreseeable future. Government Relations’ Karl Fippinger joined representatives from the National Fire Protection Association and Jensen Hughes for a roundtable discussion on field-level experience with remote and virtual inspections. A full recording of the event is now available. Learn what the experts had to say about this rapidly expanding technology. Discover more here.

IREC launches program to update 30,000 safety professionals on distributed energy resources

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and partners recently launched a three-year, $2.1 million project to reduce barriers to the widespread adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) by providing education and resources to expand the knowledge of 30,000 safety professionals. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Building, fire, and safety officials play a critical role in enabling the safe, widespread, and rapid deployment of new technologies that make the grid more sustainable and resilient. These include energy storage systems (ESS), electric vehicles (EVs), and grid-interactive energy efficient building technologies. However, these emerging technologies have outpaced codes and existing educational resources, creating an urgent need for up-to-date guidance for this audience. Read more here.

Focus on water efficiency is growing because it’s critical to creating sustainable, resilient communities

As the creation of sustainable and resilient buildings becomes a greater priority, especially over the past year, one critical component will be to ensure our buildings are water efficient. Luckily, model building codes and standards have already begun addressing water efficiency and conservation. However, no single code or standard can fully address every facet of the issue. Instead, it will take a holistic approach, utilizing codes and standards from all areas such as plumbing and mechanical, residential and commercial, and energy conservation. Read more here.

U.S. House hearing focuses on financial and safety benefits of investing in resilience and mitigation

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a recent hearing — Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation — where members heard testimony from experts in emergency management, mitigation and resilience, insurance, and construction. Among the policy proposals being considered, Committee Chairman DeFazio (D-OR) voiced support for the recently reintroduced Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act (116th Congress – H.R. 7979), which would create a post-disaster tax credit for properties ($25,000 for commercial and $3,000 for residential) rebuilding to resilience standards consistent with the most recently published editions of the IBC, IRC, IWUIC and/or the ICC-600 Standard for Residential Construction in High-Wind Regions. Read more here.

Judy Zakreski is selected for ANSI’s 2020-2021 Next Generation Award for her international activities

For her significant contributions to national and international standardization activities and commitment to the global voluntary consensus standards system, Judy Zakreski, vice president of global services for the International Code Council, will receive the 2020–2021 Next Generation Award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as part of its Leadership and Service Awards. Read more here.

GOT PULSE? John Hudgison, Henry Green and Anthony Floyd featured on Episode 40 Pulse Podcast

John (“JC”) Hudgison, Certified Building Official for the City of Tampa & Emerging Leaders Membership Council member talks with Henry Green, former President & CEO of NIBS and former Code Council Board President, and Anthony Floyd, Green Building Program Manager for the City of Scottsdale, discuss training the next generation in black and brown communities and how we can increase awareness and education about the building safety profession. Check out Episode 40 of the ICC Pulse Podcast.

GOT PULSE – AGAIN? GR’s Steve Jones and experts discuss garage door safety and inspection tips

Steve Jones, Code Council Senior Gov’t Relations Regional Manager talks with Mike Fischer, Executive Director of the International Door Association (IDA); and Gordon Thomas, Technical Director at Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) on the importance of garage door safety. They also share safety tips and resources for inspectors and the public on checking garage doors. Hear episode 41.