Mark Johnson, executive vice president and director of business development for the International Code Council, was recently named vice president of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board of Directors. RESNET is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States. Johnson joins newly elected board President John Hensley, Secretary Philip Fairey, and Treasurer David Beam. Johnson has served on the RESNET board since November 2017 and was instrumental in the development of the memorandum of understanding between the Code Council and RESNET. Read more here.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced a final rule allowing operators to fly small drones, also called unmanned aircraft systems, over people under certain circumstances. It expands the circumstances under which drones can operate without a waiver or exemption. This new rule could lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to push for the increased use of drones in worksite inspections. Read more here.
Episode 36 of the ICC Pulse Podcast spotlights Code Council Assessment Center Program Manager / Test Developer Doug Hatch talking with Special Inspector and Senior Project Manager Kenneth Morong about special inspectors and the benefits of special inspections. They also touch on the benefits of a Code Council certification and Kenneth’s experience serving on the Exam Development Committee for the Special Inspector exams. Also, don’t miss Episode 35 “Modernizing Chicago’s Building Regulations,” featuring Senior Vice President of Government Relations Sara Yerkes and returning guest, Managing Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago DOB Grant Ullrich. They discuss how the Code Council and the city work together to produce Chicago’s new building regulations
The International Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and confirmed its Committee Action Hearings will take place April 11-May 5, 2021.
- Notifications for ICC Code Committee appointments were sent November 25. Committee rosters online are undergoing updates at this time.
- Submissions for code change proposals are currently open through January 11, 2021. Anyone can submit a proposal via the Code Council’s cloud-based program, cdpACCESS, at www.cdpaccess.com. All Group A codes are posted on Digital Codes.
- Speaking participants and those interested in listening to the proceedings will be able to join virtually. Read more here.
- For a recent tutorial on using cdpACCESS, click here.
- For the 2021/2022 Code Development Schedule that details all Group A and Group B activities and deadlines, please visit here.
More than 240,000 votes were cast and more than 2,600 voting representatives participated in the code development process for the 2021 International Codes. To continue to refine the process, issues were referred to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process. Read more here.
Last month, the Code Council sent a ballot to validated voting members to vote on reincorporating in Delaware. Members overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposal with 92 percent approving the measure. With this clear mandate from members, the board has authorized the CEO to now take the steps to finalize the change by following necessary statutory requirements. This change will allow us to provide more effective services for all our members, customers and stakeholders. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEMA just released its landmark study, “Building Codes Save: A National Study,” an in-depth look at the quantified benefits—avoided losses to buildings and building contents—from adopting the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). As the frequency of natural hazards continue to increase, this study reaffirms that building codes continue to be the best first line of defense. Alarmingly, the FEMA study found that 65 percent of counties, cities, and towns across the U.S. have not adopted modern building codes, only 50 percent of cumulative post-2000 construction adhered to the I-Codes, and 30 percent of new construction is occurring in communities with no codes at all or codes that are more than 20 years outdated. Based on a database of more than 18 million actual buildings constructed since the inception of the I-Codes in 2000, the frequency of hazard events across the country, and the contents and edition of the IBC and IRC in effect in each locality where post-2000 construction took place, the study found:
- The IRC and IBC provided more than $27 billion in cumulative mitigation benefits against flood, hurricane wind, and earthquake hazards from 2000 to 2016. These benefits could have been doubled if all post 2000 construction adhered to the I-Codes.
- If construction continues at the pace the study observed and if the proportion of that construction adhering to the I-Codes is consistent with the trend the study identifies, the I-Codes could help communities avoid $132-$171 billion in cumulative losses through 2040.
- If all new buildings across the U.S. were built to modern editions of the I-Codes, the country would save more than $600 billion by 2060.
New sites are new available on adoptions as well as on compliance involving the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The adoption page includes a map that provides new data from DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Lab on the benefits for average new homes if a state enforces the 2018 IECC. The most relevant number for most users is the average annual energy savings. There is a downloadable infographic for each state that adopts the IECC. There is also a new reference webpage titled “Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction,” to make more data and other resources available to users.
The International Code Council recently helped develop and publish the International Fire Safety Standard (IFSS). This guideline outlines common principles and best practices designed to save lives by reducing risk and preventing devastating fires. The International Fire Safety Standard is an industry-led global response to addressing differing or, in some cases, non-existent requirements in countries across the world to fire safety. Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, said, “The International Codes, particularly the International Building Code and International Fire Code, offer a strong compliance pathway for jurisdictions looking to implement the IFSS Common Principles. Additionally, the training, certification, digital tools, product testing and evaluation, and accreditation services that comprise the growing Code Council Family of Solutions can aid jurisdictions in the hard work of effective code implementation and enforcement.” Read more here.
With the December 30 expiration date looming, code officials and their jurisdictions may find the webinar Use it or Lose it: Federal CARES Act Funding for ICC Digital Codes Premium helpful. Learn about ICC Digital Codes Premium Complete and how code officials and their jurisdictions can secure federal CARES Act funding to support their departments. The ICC Government Relations staff have organized and maintained a news archive in the Coronavirus Response Center. It includes innovations and a wide selection of resources for communities to adapt to the workplace and public safety concerns in the pandemic. You can review the archive here.