New online tools available on IECC adoptions, compliance and other energy and decarbonization info

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.

Interest continues to surge in preventing another record season of wildfire devastation

The year 2020 marked a milestone in wildfires devastation in terms of season length, acres destroyed and intensity, and that is turning more and more attention to the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code and strategies to limit future fire destruction.

  • The Urban Land Institute issued this report on wildfire strategies for real estate that focuses on the role of codes, titled “Firebreak: Wildfire Resilience Strategies for Real Estate.”
  • Rik Johnsson, a NIST mechanical engineer in the Fire Research Division’s WUI Fire Group, offers his insights in “Knocking Down Fences for Fire Research.”
  • National Public Radio produced this deep dive analysis on how much work is needed to make state and local jurisdictions more competent in their responses to future outbreaks. It is titled “Rebuilding After A Wildfire? Most States Don’t Require Fire-Resistant Materials.”
  • Recently, former CAL FIRE Director Chief Ruben Grijalva submitted this article published in Governing magazine: How Better Building Codes Can Mitigate Wildfires’ Devastation, which stated “that adopting the 2015 edition of the IWUIC in 10,000 census blocks across the country would generate $4 in wildfire mitigation savings for every $1 invested — benefits that represent avoided casualties, property damage, business interruptions, and insurance costs.”
  • Online seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 provides basic code knowledge for proper application of the 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code. Instruction focuses on basic code concepts with a focus on mitigating fire risks to structures and wildland. Read more here.

It’s free and available for you to review and share: The ICC Evaluation Services update video

If you missed the free recent webinar updating Code Council members on the ICC Evaluation Services (ICC-ES), here’s a terrific opportunity to see it and to keep it handy for future reference. The one-hour video shows how ICC-ES helps professionals in the built environment do their daily work. Presenters are Shahin Moinian, President, ICC Evaluation Service, Dottie Mazzarella, Vice President, ICC Government Relations, and Jim Cika, Director, ICC PMG Resources. The overview includes the ICC-ES product certification program description, how to effectively read and use ICC-ES product evaluation reports, the product evaluation listing development process and the benefits of ICC-ES product certification.

FEMA’s new online data shows natural hazards risks for communities to aid in mitigation planning

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 criteria. It makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners, and can help communities, especially those with limited mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data for mitigation planning and an overview of multiple risk factors. Additionally, it can help jurisdictions in developing a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan to help increase community resilience. The National Risk Index’s interactive web maps can assist communities in:

  • Updating emergency operations plans
  • Enhancing hazard mitigation plans
  • Prioritizing and allocating resources
  • Identifying the need for more refined risk assessments
  • Encouraging community-level risk communication and engagement
  • Educating homeowners and renters
  • Supporting adoption of enhanced codes and standards
  • Informing long-term community recovery

Read an overview of the National Risk Index and how it can be used to support mitigation planning, hazard mitigation assistance grants and risk communication.

Interested in Code Council insights? Join the conversations in ICC Membership Councils and MJC

All Code Council members are eligible to join any of the six ICC Membership Councils and, with some additional eligibility requirements, the Major Jurisdiction Committee where a full range of issues are the topics of discussions and work groups aimed at making the ICC Family of Solutions the leader in safety and community-based resiliency. All of them conduct meetings online and cost nothing to join. Each Membership Council webpage has a link to enroll new members. The Membership Councils are:

Members may also attend meetings of the Major Jurisdiction Committee (MJC), whose Steering Committee hosts monthly conference calls that are open to the public.

Members may also attend meetings of the Major Jurisdiction Committee (MJC), whose Steering Committee hosts monthly conference calls that are open to the public.

Code Council CEO Dominic Sims discusses goals and accomplishments in recent PM Engineer article

PM Engineer recently interviewed International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims about the current landscape for codes and standards and the plumbing industry overall. Sims has led ICC since 2012 and is responsible for overall activities and financial performance of the organization. Read more here.

Annual Code Council top honors awards presented recently at the inaugural ICC Learn Live

The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to their communities, the building safety industry and the Code Council at a special virtual awards event during the inaugural ICC Learn Live. Visit the recently launched 2020 Awards webpage that contains full profiles of the award recipients. The awards and recipients are:

  • The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award – Lee Wheeler, Retired Fire Chief from the Renton, Washington, Fire Department.
  • ICC Excellence in Public Safety Award – Steven Tafoya, Building Official/Director for the Fayette County, Georgia, Department of Building Safety.
  • ICC Community Service Award – Mansfield, Texas, Volunteer Program.
  • Educator of the Year Award – Charles Clawson, Founder of Building Professionals Institute and Development Services Director for the City of Arlington, Texas.
  • The Chapter of the Year Award – Code Official Association of Alabama.
  • The Chapter Merit Award – Oregon Permit Technicians Association.
  • Raising the Profile Award – Joel A. Dramis. Building Code Administrator for the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Building Department.
  • PMG Leadership Award – Richard Grace, Code Specialist for Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award – Brad Smith and the City of Santa Monica.
  • Meritorious Service Award – Jim. W. Sealy (posthumously), self-employed architect.

Code Development Group Meetings

Every Thursday 12-1pm Region VI meets to discuss and review code proposals, concerns, or any pertinent information dealing with code development.  Feel free to join our group by using the link provided.


Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their exemplary dedication? Nominations are being accepted for ICC Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their service to ICC and the building safety industry. The awards will be presented at various events, including but not limited to the 2020 Code Council Annual Conference in St. Louis. To nominate someone for a Code Council Award, complete and email the form attached here to Karla Price Higgs, Vice President, Member Services, at The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s ICC Awards is April 1, 2020

2020 Building Safety Month’s weekly themes illustrate the reach and importance of the building codes

While the primary theme of the 40th annual Building Safety Month, “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World,” illustrates the broad appeal of the occasion, it’s the weekly themes that break down the wide variety of safety, economic and societal benefits communities enjoy by keeping their building codes updated with the latest model codes. The weekly themes are: