ICC Government Relations April Update

BUILDING SAFETY MONTH 2022: This is your chance to raise the profile and educate communities The special 2022 Building Safety Month website is alive and full of ideas and resources to make your community’s Building Safety Month activities successful and memorable. To support this year’s theme “Safety for All: Building Codes in Action,” nations, municipalities, cities, and territories around the world are encouraged to submit a proclamation on Building Safety Month (BSM). Weekly themes are:

  • Week 1: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Week 2: Exploring Careers in Building Safety
  • Week 3: Understanding Disaster Mitigation
  • Week 4: Creating a Safe & Abundant Water Supply

“Building Safety Month gives us the chance to celebrate the building safety community and educate people around the world about the importance of building codes,” said Cindy Davis, CBO, President of the ICC Board of Directors. “This campaign creates an opportunity for individuals to engage with their local communities to reinforce the need for adopting modern, regularly-updated building codes and help others understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.” Use the 2022 BSM website to download promotional materials, access resources and check back frequently for updates. To promote Building Safety Month on social media, please use the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.


2022 Chapter Leadership Academy and training slated for June 13-15 at Broomfield, Colorado The Chapter Leader Academy will be an in-person event this year, and is scheduled for June 13-15 at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado. Registration deadline is May 15. Training will be available during the Academy. Complimentary registrations are available for those chapters with completed annual reports. The Academy was established in 2016 as an exclusive annual event that provides an opportunity for chapter leaders to strengthen leadership skills, network and discuss best practices. The 2021 Academy was held online due to COVID-19 concerns. Click here to register.


Group B’s 2022 Committee Action Hearings are now winding down in Rochester, New York

The 2022 Group B Committee Action Hearings in Rochester, New York, are expected to end April 6. The hearings can be accessed live by clicking here. The 2022 Group B current code development cycle can be seen here. More information about the Group B process, including the Cost Impact Guide for the 2022 Group B Code Changes can be reviewed here. Note that Public Comments are due June 20th and will be heard at the Public Comment Hearings in Louisville, Kentucky. And while we’re on the subject, it’s not too soon to be thinking of arrangements to attend the 2022 Annual Conference, Expo and Group B Public Comment Hearings at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. The annual conference will be September 11-12 and the Public Comment Hearings will be September 14-21.


April 15 deadline is coming up quickly to submit nominations for the Code Council’s annual awards

Time is running out to nominate someone for the 2022 ICC awards who deserves to be recognized for their achievements in building safety. If you know a great leader, trailblazer, educator, community helper or other outstanding individual or group — tell us about them! But don’t wait too long because the deadline for submissions is Friday, April 15. Apply now. International Code Council issues call for new members of the Professional Development Council

The International Code Council is issuing a call for new members of the Professional Development Council (PDC). If you are interested in having a say in the governance of the Code Council Certification exams and/or Education programs, the application closing date is April 29. If you have additional questions about the duties and responsibilities of a PDC member, please feel free to contact Casey Thomas at 888-422-7233, ext. 3389, or email cthomas@iccsafe.org. ICC Government Relations’ Monthly Update April 2022 Follow @ICC_GR on Twitter for breaking news & announcements throughout the month. Click here for ICC Government Relations Staff Regional Maps.


Code Council joins offsite construction industry at the 2022 World of Modular Annual Convention

The Code Council will join modular construction professionals from around the world at this year’s 39th annual World of Modular Convention and Tradeshow hosted by the Modular Building Institute (MBI) on April 25-28. The World of Modular Convention will be at San Antonio, Texas, to provide opportunities to network and attend educational presentations on the latest trends in off-site construction. It also extends the opportunity to discuss ongoing industry issues, including housing affordability and building quality and sustainability. The Code Council and MBI developed multiple resources in 2021 to help support the safe and efficient use of off-site construction. The organizations released two new American National Standards to support consistency within the off-site construction process and how off-site construction projects demonstrate compliance with building codes. To view the Code Council’s off-site construction resources and modular standards, visit our webpage. For speaker and agenda information for the World of Modular Convention, read more here.


FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act provisions advance building safety, resilience and sustainability

The Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, bipartisan legislation to fund the U.S. federal government through September 30, 2022, includes several measures that the Code Council championed to support building safety professionals, including: • The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2022. The Act provides grants to state, tribal and territorial governments that adopt building safety codes—including the International Fire Code and the International Residential Code—that require CO poisoning prevention measures. Funding provided may be used for education, training and the purchase and installation of CO alarms. The Code Council joined construction industry associations and national fire and life safety organizations in support of it. • Prioritization of Building Resilience and Infrastructure Communities (BRIC) program funding for the adoption and implementation of hazard resistant codes. The bill includes language – advocated for by the Code Council – requiring that FEMA develop a plan addressing how the Agency and BRIC can better assist state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments in adopting and implementing building codes that advance community resilience. The legislation also increases BRIC funding for code activities and other capability and capacity building measures by 50 percent. • A 20 percent increase in funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), which funds the development, adoption and implementation of energy conservation codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code. The Code Council spearheaded a coalition of state and industry organizations and sustainability advocates in support of an increase in funding to meet growing demand from state and local governments for updated, locally tailored energy codes. Read more about it here.


FEMA is helping state and local jurisdictions understand the savings achieved by using current codes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with state and local governments to capture significant benefits provided by up-to-date codes. In a recent study of the losses avoided by the adoption of codes, FEMA found that currently 65 percent of counties, cities and towns across the U.S. have not adopted modern hazard-resistant building codes; only 50 percent of cumulative post-2000 construction adhered to the International Codes; and 30 percent of new construction is occurring in communities with no codes at all or codes that are outdated more than 20 years. Read more of this insightful article by Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation at ICC, about how FEMA has recognized the valuable role of building codes in reducing the impacts of disasters by clicking here.


Virtual meeting scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Central April 13 to discuss development of ICC 1300 standard

A virtual meeting of the Code Council’s Residential Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Standard Consensus Committee (IS-RSARC) will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 13, to discuss the development of the ICC 1300 standard. As an American National Standards Institute accredited standards developing organization, the Code Council is undertaking a project coordinated with the California Earthquake Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a Code Council standard for the seismic evaluation and retrofit of one- and two-family dwellings (including townhouses) designated as ICC 1300, Standard for the Vulnerability-Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Read more here.


REGISTER NOW: Free webinar on performance-based structural fire design is scheduled for May 10

The International Code Council will join the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Charles Pankow Foundation on Tuesday, May 10, to host a free webinar on expanding the implementation and adoption of performance-based structural fire design. This webinar will provide an overview for individuals who are involved with the design, construction or regulatory approvals of buildings. Read more here. A series of live events is scheduled to help members learn about Digital Codes Premium Complete A series of live webinar events are scheduled to help ICC members learn more about ICC Digital Codes Premium Complete and how to search codes faster, collaborate seamlessly, share access, organize notes and never miss a code update. Registration links are available here for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 12 at noon Central
  • Tuesday, May 17 at noon Central
  • Tuesday, June 14 at noon Central

Dates are also set for July and August. Since 2020, ICC has tripled the amount of content to over 600 titles and continually growing across codes, standards, supplementary materials and more. The Code Council will continue to enhance the features and functionality and add new content.

ICC Community Development Solutions presented the Laserfiche President’s Award for record sales

ICC Community Development Solutions (ICC CDS) was presented with the prestigious President’s Award at the annual 2022 Laserfiche Winners’ Circle meeting on February 26, 2022, in Carlsbad, California. ICC CDS was recognized as the channel partner who achieved the highest total net new revenue from midsize private or public sector organizations with 500 or more employees. Read more here.


New standard could address hot water storage tanks used in solar thermal water heating systems

The International Code Council (ICC) has initiated a project to develop a new standard addressing hot water storage tanks used in solar thermal water heating systems. The new standard, to be designated ICC 903/SRCC 500, is to be developed through ICC’s ANSI-approved standard development process. To date, the ICC Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee has met virtually in January, February and March. As according to ICC’s standard development process, all meetings are open to the public. A formal meeting notification, along with login information can be found online here. The committee is currently working to refine the scope and content of the new standard. Various task groups will likely be established in the near future to prepare the text for the draft document. Read more here.


New clearinghouse website provides insights on training and resources for clean energy technologies

Code officials play a pivotal role in the adoption and reliability of emerging clean energy technologies and the resilience and safety in communities. That’s why the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the International Code Council and a team of partners have developed a new clearinghouse website with the most current training and resources related to clean energy technologies. Read more here.


Women in Building Safety: Career path experiences shared among women in Episode 45 In Episode 45,

Cecilia Muela, Building Official and Assistant Director with 4LEAF, Inc., and Code Council Instructor, talks with Rachel Patterson, Code Enforcement Officer with the Town of Erie, Colorado; Aleris Dunn, Chief Building Official with the City of Rohnert Park, California; Hilda Martinez, Code Enforcement Investigator with the City of Brownsville, Texas; and Lucero Aréchiga, Senior Public Information Officer for the City of Austin, Texas about their experiences in entering the building safety profession and ways to access resources and opportunities to encourage career growth in the field.


 ICC Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas updates

Week 4 of 2022 Building Safety Month puts the focus on systems built to protect water quality Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. According to World Health Organization estimates as of June 2019, 785 million people lacked even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. Building, plumbing and green codes help guard our potable water for future generations through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal. Code officials are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water. It is important to understand where your water comes from and what’s being done to protect the water you use every day. Read more here.


New PMG collection offers Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Swimming Pool & Spa codes, standards

The new ICC Digital Codes Premium PMG Collection offers a range of the latest Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Swimming Pool & Spa, (PMG) codes and reference standards. It also includes related support materials such as commentaries, user guides, study companions, significant code changes and revision history. Exclusive subscription features include:

▪ Classify notes, files and videos into relevant code sections

▪ Share your access and content simultaneously

▪ View past committee code interpretations

▪ View full change history and public comments

▪ View real time code change proposals


Upcoming from the Learning Center: Institutes, training, webinars, etc.

Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the ICC Learning Center using the Search function. Some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:

  • April 7 – 2018 IPMC (64) Webinar Series: Administration & Legal Principles.
  • April 7 – 2018 IRC Performing Residential Plumbing Inspections.
  • April 8 – 2021 IPMC Overview.
  • April 13 – 2021 IECC Essentials.
  • April 13 – Post-Tensioned Concrete Construction and Observation Issues.
  • April 14 – 2021 IPC Essentials.
  • April 15 – 2018 IPMC (64) Webinar Series: Legal Principles, Part II.
  • April 18-22 – 2018 Plan Review Institute.
  • April 20 – 2018 IPMC (64) Webinar Series: Fire and Life Safety.
  • April 27 – Bed Bug Issues.
  • April 27 – 2018 IPMC (64) Webinar Series: Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical.
  • April 28-29 – 2018 Commercial Building Inspection Institute.
  • May 2 – 2018 Residential Building Inspector Certification Test Academy.
  • May 6 – Complaint Management from Start to Finish.
  • May 10-12 – 2018 Building Plans Examiner Certification Test Academy.
  • May 10 – Millennials in Code Enforcement.
  • May 16-20 – 2018 Commercial Building Inspector Certification Test Academy.
  • May 17 – Report Writing for the Code Official.
  • May 18-20 – 2018 Permit Technician Certification Test Academy.
  • May 18 – Inspector Skills. • May 24 – 2021 IBC Significant Changes.


Code Council offers online subscription to its robust catalog of ICC Online Learning at special rate

The new Online Learning subscription plan being offered by the International Code Council includes: • 24/7 access to a special selection of over 150 Online Courses – including NEW courses. • Earning valuable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to put toward your certification renewal. This is coming to you as a limited time offer of an annual subscription plan for $300 per ICC member and $375 per non-member. Learn more about ICC membership and more about this offer, including FAQs