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  4. ICC Region VIII 2017-2018 Committee Assignments Code Action Mark Matheny (NC), Chair Tony Beasley (NC) Shane Chandler (TN) Terry Cobb (TN) Randy Pruitt (SC) Mike Smith (SC) Bill Duck (GA) Morgan Wheeler (GA) Membership Charles Taylor (NC), Chair Tony Beasley (NC) James Sullivan (TN) Tim Earles (TN) Susan Carpenter (GA) Steve Kinnaird (GA) Donny Phipps (SC) Roni Jo Abdella (SC) Nominations Dallas Rucker (TN), Chair James Sullivan (TN) Chris Lee (SC) Donny Phipps (SC) Bill Moeller (NC) Tony Beasley (NC) Steve Kinnaird (GA) Morgan Wheeler (GA) Budget Ringo McCollum (GA), Chair Charles Taylor (NC) Michelle Hawkins (SC) Tim Earles (TN) By-Laws Dennis Maidon (NC), Chair Terry Cobb (TN) Bill Duck (GA) Chris Lee (SC) Education Tim Earles (TN), Chair Shane Chandler (TN) Ringo McCollum (GA) Susan Carpenter (GA) Dennis Maidon (NC) Amy Britt (NC) Brad Rice (SC) Roni Jo Abdella (SC) Hospitality Brad Rice (SC), Chair Steve Kinnaird (GA) Tony Beasley (NC) Tim Earles (TN) Legislative Mark Matheny (NC), Chair Dennis Maidon (NC) Ringo McCollum (GA) Morgan Wheeler (GA) Dallas Rucker (TN) Terry Cobb (TN) Donny Phipps (SC) Chris Lee (SC)
  5. Fire News from Around the World Charleston, SC: South Carolina Fire Marshal data show residential, fatal fires could be on the rise Denver, CO: Proposal put forward to bring unpermitted buildings in Denver up to code United Arab Emirates: New codes aim to stop tower tragedy Toronto, ON: London fire will affect enforcement of safety codes in Ontario: building inspector San Diego, CA: How San Diego Maintains High-Rise Building Safety, in Light of London Apartment Fire Free Webinar on Construction Site Fire Safety The new Coalition for Construction Fire Safety will offer a free 90-minute webinar that will introduce attendees to several of the recent major fires and their causes, the many fire-related hazards that exist on a construction site, the International Building and Fire Code and NFPA requirements for fire protection safeguards during construction and solutions for developing simple fire safety strategies. There also will be information on building materials and construction industry efforts to reduce fire losses. The webinar will be on Thursday, July 13 at 1:55 p.m. EDT. At the end of the webinar you will be able to Identify recent major fires and their reported causes Identify the I Code regulations and linkage to NFPA 241 for fire safety during building construction alteration and demolitions Develop a model fire plan for buildings under construction, alteration or demolition Identify existing building materials and construction industry resources for training, education and mitigation Education credits will be awarded. Register here. New Residential Building Fire Report from U.S. Fire Administration Three new reports from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center explore the characteristics of residential building fires from 2013-2015, with an emphasis on one- and two-family and multifamily buildings. Download the free reports Coalition for Construction Fire Safety Created In response to recent major fires in buildings under construction, the ICC, the National Fire Protection Association, the American Institute of Architects, the National Fire Sprinkler Association and the American Wood Council have united to create the Coalition for Construction Fire Safety. Membership is free and open to any interested organizations or persons. The Coalition is in its founding stages and more information will be available soon. Meanwhile, to obtain free information on construction site fire safety, visit www.constructionfiresafetypractices.com View the full article
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  7. Industry-leading educational sessions, networking events, historic building tours, the popular Building Safety & Design Expo, and this year’s keynote speaker Archie Griffin—the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy—are just a few of the exciting highlights of the International Code Council’s Annual Conference set for Sept. 10-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Read more. View the full article
  8. Retired, Chief of Inspections at City of Greenville, SC Died: June 11, 2017 From Vaughn Wicker : Many of you on my friends list also knew my best friend, Johnny Wasson. I'm sorry to inform you this way that Johnny died Sunday just after we finished the last hole on our annual golf trip. Johnny loved his friends, loved sharing laughs with them and lived his life to the fullest. All who knew him were blessed to have had that opportunity. I ask that you please keep his wife Ellen, his three sisters and other family members in your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements for the services for the celebration of his life are as follows: • Visitation will be tomorrow night from 5-7 at Fletcher Funeral Home in Fountain Inn, SC -http://fletcherfuneralservice.com/ • The funeral service will be at 2:00 Thursday at Mauldin Frst Baptist Church, Mauldin, SC - http://www.fbcmauldin.org/ Please send memorials in lieu oflowers to the church in Johnny’s name. • Burial will be at Graceland East Cemetery, Simpsonville, S- http://www.burialplanning.com/cemeteries/graceland-east-memorial-park/ • The mailing address for cards only is 104 Hunt Club Drive,Simpsonville, SC 29680. John William Wasson Jr. Simpsonville John William Wasson Jr., 65, husband of Ellen Smith Wasson for 45 years, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Mr. Wasson was born in Greenville to the late John W. Wasson Sr. and Mildred Gambrell Wasson. He retired as the Chief of Inspections for the city of Greenville and was an alumnus of Greenville Technical College. He served as the past president for the S.C. Mechanical, Plumbing, and Gas Inspectors Association. John was a HEJAZ Shriner and served as Past Master of the Taylors Masonic Lodge #345. He was an honorary member of the Building Officials Association of S.C. and a member of the Upper State Code Enforcement Association of S.C. John was an avid golfer and a member of Fox Run Country Club. He was a member of Mauldin First Baptist Church. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sisters, Sandra Calvert (Jesse Coker), Donna Lanier, and Mary Jane "MJ" Wasson; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Fletcher Funeral Service. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mauldin First Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Wade Leonard. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Graceland East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mauldin First Baptist Church, 150 S. Main Street, Mauldin, SC 29662. Fletcher Funeral Service Published in The Greenville News on June 14, 2017
  9. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release June 12, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Christine Kidder 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 4336 ckidder@iccsafe.org Whitney Doll Joins International Code Council as Director of Communications Will Lead Strategic Communications and Public Relations Efforts Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council (ICC) announced that Whitney Doll has been named the association’s Director of Communications. Doll brings more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit communications and public relations to the position. She will oversee the Code Council’s strategic communications initiatives and media relations program, and work closely with internal and external audiences to solidify the ICC brand. “I’m delighted to welcome Whitney to the team. Her communications expertise will be an asset to ICC as we look to raise the profile of the association and our membership,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “The growth of our external relations program will help us in our mission to provide the highest quality codes and standards for creating safe and resilient buildings and communities.” Prior to joining the Code Council, Doll was the Senior Communications Specialist at CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, Va. Doll managed CNA’s external relations program, which included media relations, social media and the external website. Previously, Doll served as Communications and Events Manager at Community of Hope, a housing and health care nonprofit in Washington, D.C., where she developed and oversaw all aspects of the organization’s communications plan. She earned an M.A. in International Politics from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Penn. A high-resolution photo of Whitney Doll is available for download. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. View the full article
  10. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release June 12, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Greg West 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3267 gwest@iccsafe.org Opportunities to Learn, Network and Have Fun at ICC’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, Sept 10-13 Key Events include Expert-led Training sessions, Professional Certification Exams, Global Connections Day, Annual Business Meeting and a chance to hear from a Buckeye legend Industry-leading educational sessions, networking events, historic building tours, the popular Building Safety & Design Expo, and keynote speakers such as Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, are just a few of the exciting highlights of the International Code Council’s Annual Conference set for Sept. 10-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Building Safety & Design Expo is the largest national gathering of building safety and design professionals from both the public and private sectors. The Expo brings together professionals from the built environment—local tradesmen, architects, engineers, and plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, building and fire safety professionals from around the world—for a seamless exchange of critical information on the latest technologies for building a safer, more resilient world. The conference will offer many unique educational sessions led by ICC’s national expert instructors. Attendees will be able to earn Continuing Education Units and Learning Units and walk away with smart strategies, actionable tactics, improved skills and real connections with people shaping the future of building safety. This year, education session handouts will be available for download only. Participants can either download the handouts to their electronic devices or print them to bring to their scheduled sessions. Educational tours, offered at an extra cost, include Smith Brothers Hardware Company, a landmark in downtown Columbus since the 1920, renovated as a banquet and restaurant center; BrewDog Brewery & Franklin Park Conservatory; Ohio State University Stadium & Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Palace Theatre & Lincoln LeVeque Building, and the Bridge Park Project. The keynote speaker for this year’s Members’ Luncheon will be Ohio State’s Archie Griffin, former collegiate and NFL star, now the Buckeye’s senior adviser for Advancement after serving for 11 years as the president/CEO of the Alumni Association. Building on the success of last year, Global Connections Day 2017 will showcase two important and timely subjects. For the morning session, “Building and Fire Codes, Fire Protection and Safety Around the World,” the speaker will be Paul Rivers, senior fire protection specialist at 3M Company and president of the board of directors for SFPE International. In the afternoon session, speaking about “Global Economic Trends and Business Practices” will be Dante Amato, strategic account manager at Metrostudy, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry. Attendees also will be able to have some fun for good causes. Pre-conference on Saturday, Sept. 9, those who bring their wheels can participate in the annual Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride, which supports the Fowler Foundation honoring the memory of the first chairman of the International Code Council Board of Directors. The ICC Past Presiding Officers will hold its Third Annual Ron Burton Golf Outing fundraiser, which celebrates the life and work of William Ronald “Ron” Burton, a renowned code expert known for his mentoring skills. Funds raised are used for programs to develop training opportunities and resources for the next generation of code officials. Code Council non-members who opt for a full conference registration will receive a free, one-year “Building Safety Professional” ICC membership. For details and a list of exclusive ICC Member benefits and services included in this offer, visit www.iccsafe.org/membership-benefits. Complete details on ICC’s 2017 Annual Conference, including registration, discounted lodging, restaurant coupons, companion events and the popular ICC Conference App, are available at www.iccsafe.org/conference. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. View the full article
  11. The Code Council and ICC Evaluation Service are working with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to distribute the TechNotes series developed by NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee and Innovation Research Labs. The TechNotes series is designed to assist builders in understanding and the applying latest code requirements as well as implementing best practices in order to avoid building performance issues related to interior humidity levels, condensation in wall and roof assemblies, and interior air quality. Read more. View the full article
  12. The Modular Building Institute and the International Code Council are the driving force behind efforts to accelerate the use of modular construction and eliminate barriers in the industry by developing a series of modular-themed guidelines and resources for code officials. Tentative plans call for the ICC and MBI to collaborate on a series of guidelines and standards, including a model administrative program as well as more resources for the use of containerized structures. Read more. View the full article
  13. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release June 6, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Laurence Genest 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3428 lgenest@iccsafe.org ICC and NAHB Release New Tech Notes Series to Help Industry Navigate Code Requirements and Industry Best Practices The International Code Council (ICC) and ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) are working with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to distribute the TechNotes series developed by NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee and Innovation Research Lab. The TechNotes series is designed to assist builders in understanding and applying latest code requirements as well as implementing best practices in order to avoid building performance issues related to interior humidity levels, condensation in wall and roof assemblies, and interior air quality. “As part of our ongoing efforts to assist our Members and the building industry to apply the latest codes to ensure the safety and resiliency of our communities, we are proud to support the TechNotes series and make these resources available through our website,” said International Code Council Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss, Georgia State Fire Marshal. “NAHB has worked diligently in creating these TechNotes and we are confident that these consolidated and simplified guidelines will be beneficial to both home builders and building officials in creating safe and affordable homes,” said Construction Codes and Standards Committee chairman Chip Dence. The TechNotes series will continue to expand and include new topics. Currently included and available free of charge are the following: Whole House Mechanical Ventilation. A summary of IRC requirements for installing whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. System types, benefits, costs, and design considerations are covered. Building Air Tightness. A summary of building code (IRC and IECC) requirements for building tightness, blower door testing and air barriers. Critical areas of a house needing proper air sealing are identified. Floors above Crawlspaces. Recommendations and best practices for floor construction over crawlspaces in hot/humid climates. Considerations include vapor permeability of floor materials, type of floor insulation and proper ventilation. Rain and Groundwater. Recommendations and best practices for exterior wall drainage and bulk moisture control to avoid water infiltration into basements and crawlspaces. Covered practices include overhangs, gutters, flashing and water-resistant barriers, foundation drains and waterproofing and site grading. Window and Door Flashing. A summary of IRC requirements and best practices for window and door flashing. Covered are flashing material types, proper installation methods, standard details, and references to industry sources for additional guidance and details. Vapor Retarders. Recommendations for proper selection of vapor retarders and best practices for proper placement within the wall assembly. Existing building code requirements are summarized and climate zone-specific recommendations provided. Supplemental Dehumidification. Recommendations for controlling interior humidity levels in homes in hot-humid climates. Existing building code requirements are summarized and best practices for installation of both standalone and integrated dehumidifiers are provided. For more information or to download your copies today, please visit www.iccsafe.org/TechNotes or www.nahb.org. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. View the full article
  14. ATLANTA - More than 76 percent of Legionnaires' disease cases acquired from Legionella exposure in health care facilities can be particularly harsh, including possible fatal risks to patients, according to a report released today from the CDC. View the full article
  15. The International Code Council welcomes S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc., a seismic and building code consulting firm located in Palatine, Ill., as part of its Family of Companies, effective June 1. The addition will strengthen ICC’s technical abilities in structural engineering and expand ICC’s technical consulting service for its members and clients. Read more. View the full article
  16. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release June 5, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Mike Pfeiffer 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 4338 mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org Modular Building Institute and International Code Council Come Together to Accelerate Modular and Off-site Construction The Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the International Code Council (ICC) are the driving force behind efforts to accelerate the use of modular construction and eliminate barriers in the industry by developing a series of modular-themed guidelines and resources for code officials. “The current content of the I-Codes and referenced standards must be updated to address the rapidly growing modular construction industry,” said MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman. “We are extremely pleased to be working with the ICC to help code officials become better informed on this off-site construction process.” Tentative plans call for the ICC and MBI to collaborate on a series of guidelines and standards, including a model administrative program as well as more resources for the use of containerized structures. “Off-site construction can provide real solutions to many challenges facing the construction industry today,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “The Code Council looks forward to working with MBI and other industry partners to provide a catalyst for the application and use of off-site construction methods.” The Modular Building Institute and the National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) are working together on an industry white paper regarding the safe use of containerized structures in the construction process. That white paper will be the introduction for working together with the ICC. Already successful in getting new language included in the 2018 International Building Code specifically addressing relocatable buildings—a significant portion of the modular construction industry—MBI’s new collaborative effort with ICC will focus more on permanent modular construction, bathroom pods and containerized structures. “We are seeing towns and states across the country struggle with how to address the increasing use of containerized structures,” said Hardiman. “It’s a great concept, but we have to be able to demonstrate that this is a safe process for end users, while also protecting the significant investment that has already been made in these units.” ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. About the Modular Building Institute Changing the Way the World Builds: Greener, Faster, Smarter. The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for more than 30 years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects— from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of off-site construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit www.modular.org. View the full article
  17. ASHRAE Responds to U.S. Paris Accord Announcement View the full article
  18. For Immediate Release June 2, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Mark Johnson 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3248 mjohnson@iccsafe.org International Code Council Welcomes S. K. Ghosh Associates to Its Family of Companies This mutually beneficial agreement will further strengthen the Council’s structural engineering abilities and expand SKGA’s reach to ICC members The International Code Council (ICC) welcomes S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc. (SKGA), a seismic and building code consulting firm located in Palatine, Ill., as part of its Family of Companies, effective June 1, 2017. S. K. Ghosh Associates is a preeminent technical resource on structural codes and standards for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), design professionals, academics, and materials industries. It provides technical support through its publications, seminars, peer reviews, research projects, computer programs, code interpretations and comparisons, website, and other means. The addition of SKGA to the ICC’s Family of Companies will strengthen ICC’s technical abilities in structural engineering and expand ICC’s technical consulting service for its members and clients. “This move with S. K. Ghosh will be a tremendous benefit to Code Council members and stakeholders,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “It will expand our in-house technical resources both domestically and around the globe.” “Building codes and planning are key to community resilience,” Sims added. “SKGA enhances the resources ICC has available to assist our members, AHJs and manufacturers.” Dr. S. K. Ghosh, president of SKGA, has a long affiliation with the Code Council that dates back more than 30 years. He has provided training and consulting services to ICC, has authored or coauthored numerous publications, and has written articles for the Code Council’s own publications — its weekly ICC eNews and its members-only Building Safety Journal Online. “The combining of SKGA and ICC feels like the formalization of a long-standing professional relationship,” said International Code Council Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss, Georgia State Fire Marshal. “We feel there is a natural synergy between ICC and SKGA’s training business. S. K. Ghosh Associates has access to an extensive group of world-renowned instructors we can access to expand ICC’s education and training offerings to our members.” S. K. Ghosh Associates was founded by Dr. Ghosh, a world-recognized expert in structural engineering with expertise in concrete and masonry structures. Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering and has influenced seismic provisions in codes and standards in the United States for many years by serving on or chairing numerous committees and advisory panels. He specializes in the analysis and design of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures, including wind- and earthquake-resistant design. Dr. Ghosh is active on many national technical committees and is an honorary member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. He is a member of ACI Committee 318 and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. “We are excited to join the ICC Family of Companies,” said Dr. Ghosh. “It is a logical alliance in so many ways. We can expand our reach and serve our clientele better with ICC’s resources supporting us. The Code Council will strengthen its ties to the structural engineering community with us joining the family.” ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. About S. K. Ghosh Associates S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc. was founded in February 1998 by Dr. S. K. Ghosh. The company provides seismic and code-related consulting services to engineers, businesses, trade associations, code-writing bodies and governmental agencies involved in the design and construction of buildings and other structures that are impacted by the provisions of building codes. View the full article
  19. As Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of many swimming pools across the United States, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals participated in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security. The hearing was held in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and to call the public’s attention to the importance of taking proactive safety measures in aquatic facilities. Read more. View the full article
  20. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release June 1, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Sara Yerkes 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 6247 syerkes@iccsafe.org Code Council’s Swimming Pool Code Plays Key Role in Health and Safety Highlighted in Congressional Meeting 10th Anniversary of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Encourages Industry Awareness and Education As Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of many swimming pools across the United States, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) participated in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security. The hearing was held in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), and to call the public’s attention to the importance of taking proactive safety measures in aquatic facilities. The VGB Act prevents both entrapment and eviscerations by swimming pool and spa drains and traditional forms of drowning in public swimming pools and spas. In the hearing, APSP President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Gottwald discussed key aspects of the VGB Act and how APSP’s relationship with the International Code Council (ICC) has improved residential and public pool safety through the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(ISPSC). The VGB Act resulted from the tragic death of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s granddaughter caused by drain entrapment. In the 10 years since the legislation was signed, the pool and spa industry, led by the APSP — the largest trade association representing the pool and spa supply chain — and the ICC — which develops model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process — have collaborated to work with industry and government to protect all pool and spa users. Over the past decade, significant progress has been made to make new pools safe, according to Gottwald. In response to senators’ questions on actions that can be taken to continue the momentum of safer pools, Gottwald encouraged the adoption of the ISPSC. “We hope the subcommittee members will recognize and support statewide adoption of the ISPSC so as to protect our residential pool and spa users,” Gottwald said. “It is important to note that the ISPSC not only addresses suction entrapment prevention in pools and spas, but also provides barrier protection requirements in order to reduce the risk of unattended access to the pool or spa. Providing these safety requirements is of utmost importance and we continue to encourage each and every state to adopt this code.” The ISPSC is the first-ever, all-inclusive, comprehensive national model code for swimming pools and spas. In 2006, APSP finalized the ANSI/APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins, which is consistent with all the provisions in the VGB Act. It protects against the three root causes of entrapments: suction, water velocity and mechanical binding. In 2009, this standard was accepted by ICC in the International Building Code and International Residential Code, and in 2012, it was included in the ISPSC. “Through our collaboration with APSP, building and public health officials have an innovative, comprehensive residential and public pool code to ensure pools and spas are built safely,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “The ISPSC protects our children and families from accidents that can be prevented through the adoption of safety codes and standards.” The ISPSC is currently adopted as a mandatory code statewide in 11 states. In addition, the ISPSC is adopted as an optional code in 11 other states and is adopted in 73 local jurisdictions. For more information on the adoption of the ISPSC, please click here. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. About the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs and spas. View the full article
  21. Code Council Members and partners include scientists who are leading the way in designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring the safety of lives, properties and investments. Read more. View the full article
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  24. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release May 19, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Sara Yerkes 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 6247 syerkes@iccsafe.org ICC Innovation in Code Administration Award Presented to City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Inaugural Award Recognizes Building and Fire Departments for Innovation in the Delivery of Code Administration Services in Communities In recognition of its 10-year effort to reduce residential injuries, deaths and fires through a rental inspection program and property grading schedule, the International Code Council (ICC) awarded its 2017 ICC Innovation in Code Administration Award to the City of Saint Paul, Minn., Department of Safety and Inspections. The inaugural award was fittingly presented during the Code Council’s annual Building Safety Month Reception on May 10 at the Council’s Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. Through its use of the Minnesota version of the International Fire Code and Saint Paul’s local property maintenance code, the City created a residential life-safety inspection program 10 years ago that assigns letter grades to rental properties. Grades are based on safety factors such as smoke alarms, egress windows, safe storage practices and electrical safety. Saint Paul is continually finding new ways to help property owners maintain A-grade properties; their latest endeavor is advertising the letter grade on a web-based interactive map. Each home visit includes fire safety messaging, and by tying the success of their inspection to inspection frequency and fees, everyone wins with safer buildings and fewer costs to the property owner. “Code officials often do not get the credit they deserve for the work they do in keeping us safe in the built environment,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Keeping in mind this year’s Building Safety Month theme of Code Officials — Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth, we recognize and thank code officials for their efforts and progress in making our communities better by constructing safe, affordable and resilient buildings.” “Strong building codes and standards, adoption, implementation and enforcement are the most effective and affordable tools we have to guarantee that our communities stay safe, healthy and comfortable,” added ICC Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss, who serves as the Georgia State Fire Marshal. “We are especially proud to recognize those code professionals who are actively working to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of code administration services in a creative way.” Created by the International Code Council Family of Companies to acknowledge public safety creativity in the built environment, the ICC Innovation in Code Administration Award recognizes building and fire departments for innovation in the delivery of code administration services in their communities. It is sponsored by the I International Association of Fire Chiefs — Fire and Life Safety Section, the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and the Code Council. The award is presented to a building or fire code organization that provides code administration services to one or more jurisdictions. The organization must have implemented a unique approach to positively enhance code administration services in the community, resulting in a measurable reduction in deaths, injuries or property damage, and/or the quality, effectiveness, or efficiency of code administration services. Accepting the inaugural Innovation in Code Administration award on behalf of the City of Saint Paul is Angie Wiese, PE, CBO, Fire Safety Manager of the Department of Safety and Inspections and Steve Ubl, Building Official of the Department of Safety and Inspections. Pictured (left-right): International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO; Government Relations Vice President of National Fire Service Activities Rob Neale; Angie Wiese; and Steve Ubl. Photo: Jocelyn Augustino | FEMA Building Safety Month, founded by the ICC, is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May. The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 63,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. View the full article
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  26. Code Council Members and partners include scientists who are leading the way in designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring the safety of lives, properties and investments. Read more. View the full article
  27. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release May 18, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Greg West 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3267 gwest@iccsafe.org “Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency” is the theme for Building Safety Month Week Four Whether renovating, remodeling, or building from the ground up, look for the latest in technology, based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first “That cranky building inspector says I have to use this type of construction material instead of the bargain-basement stuff that’s on sale at the Big Box store. Who is he to say that?” If the building official is using one or more of the International Code Council’s family of codes, also known as the International Codes, he isn’t just pulling those requirements out of thin air. He is basingthe decision on the expertise of thousands of ICC members and partners who contribute to developing minimum standards designed for safe and sustainable construction. “Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency” i is the theme for the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month Week Four, May 22-28. Since it was founded by the ICC in 1980, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures ICC members and partners include scientists who are leading the way in designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring the safety of lives, properties and investments. “Part of the International Code Council’s mission is to provide the highest quality codes and standards for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment,” said ICC Board President Dwayne Garriss, Georgia State Fire Marshal. “With today’s understanding of the need to conserve water and other natural resources, and the need for energy conservation and better use of our renewable resources, ICC’s code development process allows industry leaders to refine codes to address newer technology and products, thereby ensuring adoption of the most up-to-date safety practices.” Whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling, or building from the ground up, look for the latest in technology, and make sure it is based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first. It’s crucial to do so. The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy a home. A home represents security—a place where people will live, raise their families, and share life with others. Whether you own or rent a home, following the building codes during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety, and your investment as well. In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, use less water, and conserve resources. The permit from your qualified inspector protects you and the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. It’s a smart investment to build and remodel your home to the latest codes, all backed by the most upto-date science and technology. ### About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. View the full article
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