JULY ICC Government Relations Monthly Update

ICC Government Relations Monthly Update July 202

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Code Council issues online statement on the news of the Surfside, Florida, building collapse tragedy We are deeply saddened by the news of the recent building collapse in Surfside, Florida. Our thoughts  and prayers go out to those affected and to the rescue crews working hard to identify survivors. As  Florida officials continue to investigate this tragedy, the International Code Council will support Florida  in any way it can. We understand this incident will likely spur additional inspections throughout the  area, and the Code Council will share information with its network of code officials and inspectors  should Florida need additional support. Read the full statement from The Pulse here

2021 Annual Conference continues traditions and expands inclusions to major Code Council events The 2021 ICC Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearing, the Code Council’s signature annual  event, has been reimagined for live and virtual offerings. Running September 19-28 at the David L.  Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, it is still packed full of networking and learning  opportunities. And with a lower delegate registration cost and new sessions, it promises to be the  building safety event of the year. The safety and health of staff, members, and stakeholders is  paramount. Conference managers will follow all federal, state, and local health requirements in place in  September. Click here to see the agenda. And here’s an overview of what’s new this year: The Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride will be a virtual ride/walk/run this year. 

  • The Safety 2.0 Networking Happy Hour on Monday evening will give attendees an opportunity  to network and socialize with existing friends and new contacts. 
  • The Empowering Leaders Luncheon & Panel Discussion on Monday afternoon will feature an  expert leadership speaker and a discussion with building safety professionals. 
  • The formal evening event on Tuesday – Connections Gala: A Community Reunited – will be held  at the Omni Grand Ballroom, a historic, majestic space. 
  • Onsite training will be available on Sunday afternoon. Annual conference attendees will also get  access to ICC Learn Live, a full week of virtual training November 18-21. 
  • The Public Comment Hearings begin on Tuesday morning, September 21, and continue through  September 28. 
  • Global Connections Day will be a virtual event, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 
  • Resumption of the expo is postponed until 2022 due to feedback from past exhibitors. REMINDER: Code of Honor Scholarship applications submittal deadline is July 9 for this year’s events! 

Code Council Board appoints 93 members to develop the 2024 IECC commercial and residential codes As outlined within the Code Council’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction  framework, Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to  Confront a Changing Climate, the Code Council Board of Directors has appointed 48 members to its  Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee and 45 members to its Commercial Energy Code  Consensus Committee, one-third of which are governmental regulators. To ensure the committees have  enough time to complete work to publish the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)  alongside the other International Codes, IECC committee member terms are effective immediately and  will end June 15, 2024. The appointees represent a wide array of experience in building types and  energy efficiency strategies, as well as racial, gender and socio-economic diversity, composing balanced  committees that represent a multitude of stakeholder interests. Each committee member was chosen  based on their qualifications, interest category, past participation in the codes and standards  development process, geography and organization size. Read more here

  • Officers of the Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee are John “JC” Hudgison, Chief  Building Official of Tampa, Florida, Chair; Bridget Herring, Energy Program Coordinator of  Ashville, North Carolina, Vice Chair; Robin Yochum, Energy Program Manager for the State of  Nevada, Vice Chair.
  • Officers of the Commercial Energy Code Consensus Committee are Duane Jonlin, Energy Code &  Conservation Advisor of Seattle, Washington, Chair, and Emily Hoffman, Director of Energy Code  Compliance for New York City. 

Virtual building inspections legislation passes unanimously in Florida’s state senate and house The state of Florida is poised to officially make legal the use of virtual building inspections. Through  unanimous votes in both Florida’s House of Representatives and Senate, the state government recently  passed The Florida Build Codes Act. If signed into law, the bill will authorize local and state build code  enforcement agencies to allow virtual building inspections. While the practice of virtual inspections is  nothing new, in response to the pandemic, last year multiple cities across multiple states implemented  virtual inspection programs. Cities and counties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida,  Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Washington are allowing virtual inspections to  varying degrees. Read more here

August 21 is the deadline for all Governmental Member Voting Representatives to be validated All Governmental Member Voting Representatives must be validated this year to participate in the new  code development cycle. Governmental Member primary representatives must validate their voting  representatives by August 21 in order to fully participate in the code development process. Validate  credentials here. Also, the Code Council has issued the “2021 Report of the Committee Action Hearings  on the 2021 Editions of the Group A International Codes.” The public comment deadline on the Group A  code proposals was set for July 2. See it here

Code Council launches process to conduct an in-depth review of the ICC Performance Code The International Code Council will be working with Brian Meacham, PhD, PE, an international expert in  performance-based building control systems, to launch a process of reimagining the ICC Performance  Code for Buildings and Facilities (ICCPC). The aim is to gain a better understanding of current thinking  and perspectives across multiple disciplines about how performance-based approaches are viewed in  the United States and internationally, and to learn from the past two decades of increasing use of  performance-based codes. The Code Council has launched a new ICCPC portal, which includes the  opportunity for stakeholders around the world to register their interest in collaborating to rethink the  ICC Performance Code, and to join an active discussion through a new Code Council moderated discussion forum on LinkedIn. Read more here

Efforts by ICC members, chapters, jurisdictions and supporters mark Building Safety Month milestones Thanks to the support of ICC members across the nation for the 2021 Building Safety Month, new  milestones were reached by chapters, jurisdictions, partners, sponsors and staff of the Code Council.  More than 200 governors, jurisdictions and organizations issued proclamations proclaiming May 2021  Building Safety Month, including U.S. President Biden. “Investing in our infrastructure and adopting and  implementing modern building codes are the most effective mitigation measures communities can  undertake.” Additionally, U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS 3rd District) recognized Building  Safety Month and the work of the Code Council, its board and members, and industry partners during  the June 17 proceedings of the U.S. Congress. Her remarks are now part of the Congressional Record — the official daily record of the debates and proceedings of the U.S. Congress. View the proclamation  for National Building Safety Month and the rest of this year’s proclamations. Read more here

First in a free monthly series of webinars on using American Rescue Plan funds is accessible here The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides $350 billion in assistance to state, local, tribal and territorial  governments through newly established Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. These funds  mark a unique opportunity for code officials and for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal  governments to respond to COVID-19 and bring back jobs. Jurisdictions can use these funds to: Respond to the public health emergency 

  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the  extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic 
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure 

Building code department staffing and operations expenses and software investments that enable  remote work, including Code Council products and solutions, are eligible expenditures under some of  these five categories. Here is the first in a series of free monthly webinars in which the Code Council  offers resources to help navigate the ARP. Watch this webinar here

Code Council senior staff are instructors in ADA training events July 26-28 and August 2-5 During the past 30 years, the National ADA Symposium has earned the reputation as the most  comprehensive training event available on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability related laws. Code Council senior staff architects Kimberly Paarlberg and Jay Woodward are  participating as instructors this year, as they have for several years now. Find out more about the in person (July 26-28) and virtual (Aug 2-5) components of the symposium and how to register

Disaster Response Alliance stands ready to help jurisdictions through 2021 Atlantic hurricane season Now, one month into the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, preparations are readied for natural disaster  safety and recovery. The Code Council and its members are standing by to help through the Disaster  Response Alliance. Local and state jurisdictions in the U.S. as well as federal agencies may also contact  the Disaster Response Alliance for help to reach skilled professionals who volunteer to assist  jurisdictions that request aid with building damage assessment, building inspections and other code related functions in disaster areas. Code Council members also assist devastated communities with post disaster building plans reviews, inspections and permit operations through the Emergency Management  Assistance Compact (EMAC). Read more here

FEMA releases updated editions of community and residential safe room installation guides The Federal Emergency Management Agency announces the release of its updated fifth edition of FEMA  P-320 (2021) Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building or Installing a Safe Room for Your Home and its  updated fourth edition of FEMA P-361 (2021) Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for  Community and Residential Safe Rooms. The 2021 edition of FEMA P-361 updates and refines planning  guidance, best practices and funding criteria for safe rooms that provide occupants with near-absolute  protection from wind and wind-borne debris. The 2021 edition of FEMA P-320 features updated  residential safe room guidance and prescriptive safe room designs that meet FEMA criteria for one- and  two-family dwellings. Both FEMA publications reference the latest edition of the International Code  Council’s and the National Storm Shelter Association’s ICC 500-2020 Standard for the Design and  Construction of Storm Shelters. Read more here

Webinar helps code enforcement officers to prepare for increases in rental property vacancies With rental property vacancies expected to rise, the time to plan is now, according to Karen Black, chief  executive officer of May 8 Consulting, a Philadelphia-based social impact consulting firm. Black  presented the webinar “Code Enforcement — A Tool for Preventing Vacancy and Abandonment” as part  of the National Association of REALTORS’ Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19  Era webinar series. Communities that enforce building codes help promote safer, healthier spaces to live  and work; support community stability and confidence; and ultimately encourage compliance among  owners of vacant and substandard rental properties, Black said. The COVID-19 pandemic, she said,  renders vacancy management especially important as an estimated 30 million renters stand to be  evicted as a result of the coronavirus-related economic crisis. Read more here

List of ICC standards updated for current, revision and under new development are published As an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization, the International Code Council can respond to  the needs of its membership in developing standards for reference in the International Codes. As part of  the ANSI accreditation, ICC has written consensus procedures to outline the development of standards  in the most time-efficient manner. Development can include both existing standards on a five-year  revision cycle as well as brand new standards to address new challenges. Code Council standards are  kept current to reflect the state-of-the-art for the building industry and maintain approval as American  National Standards. A helpful Code Council webinar was prepared in April to highlight the steps taken  during an ICC standards development project. As part of the Code Council’s Learn Live offerings, the 

webinar can provide continuing education for those wishing to enhance their knowledge of the  standards development process for ANSI approval as an American National Standard. Read more here  about ICC standards that are current, being revised or are under new development

International Code Council joins Global Alliance for Building and Construction to enhance resiliency The International Code Council has become the newest member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and  Construction (GlobalABC), the leading global platform for governments, the private sector, civil society,  and intergovernmental and international organizations to increase action towards a zero-emission,  efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. As the global leader in developing model  building codes and standards, the Code Council is uniquely positioned to both share data and best  practices from the U.S. experience as well as to bring proven outcomes and lessons learned from the  alliance partners from around the world to the family of solutions. Read more here

Second edition of deck construction publication on deck code compliance is released for 2021 IRC The Code Council and the North American Deck and Railing Association have released the second edition  of Deck Construction: Based on the 2021 International Residential Code, the most comprehensive  publication available for deck code compliance. It contains provisions for decks from the 2021  International Residential Code (IRC), as well as tables and figures, commentary, photos and illustrations  that help readers better understand the intent and purpose behind the code provisions. Distinctions  between the 2018 and 2021 IRC provisions were also included where relevant. Read more here

TēCA raises the bar for cannabis-related trainers and course developers with IAS Accreditation The ēLearn Cannabis Academy (TēCA), a division of the ēLearn Academy, is the first cannabis-related  training and curriculum development organization to be accredited through the International  Accreditation Service (IAS) Training Provider and Training Course Developers (AC371) program. TēCA’s  mission is to provide the cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) industries with a “Gold Standard” learning  experience through IAS-accredited courses that are available 24/7/365 online. The TēCA certificate  credential, earned by trainees after passing an online proctored exam, will recognize and validate an  individual’s qualifications to work in the cannabis and CBD industries and enhance their legitimacy and  professionalism. The IAS approach aims to ensure that accredited training programs prepare trainees to  be efficient and competent to meet the needs of industry, regulators and consumers. It strengthens the  professional and academic reputation of training programs. Read more here

GOT PULSE? 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

Upcoming from the Code Council 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. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on  topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom  option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:  July 7 – 2018 IRC Essentials

  • July 8 – 2018 IPC Essentials
  • July 13-15 – 2018 Residential Mechanical Inspector – M1
  • July 15 – Leadership Webinar Series: The Courageous Leader
  • July 15 – Mass Timber Webinar Series: 2021 IBC Mass Timber – R & D
  • July 20-22 – 2018 Fire Inspector II – 67
  • July 21 – Inspector Skills
  • July 22 – Effective Communication
  • July 22 – Mass Timber Webinar Series: 2021 IBC Tall Mass Timber – How Big and How Tall? July 23 – 2018 IBC Means of Egress.
  • July 26-28 – 2018 Principles of Building Safety Institute
  • July 27-28 – Training: Permit Tech Institute
  • July 29 – 2021 IPC, IMC, and IFGC Significant Changes
  • July 29 – Mass Timber Webinar Series: 2021 IBC Tall Mass Timber Construction – Fire Safety. August 1-5 – 2018 Plan Review
  • August 2-6 – 2018 Plan Review Institute
  • August 5 – Mass Timber Webinar Series: 2021 IBC/IFC Tall Mass Timber – Shake and Bake. August 6 – Leadership Webinar Series: Challenging Discussions
  • August 9-12 – Code Official Institute
  • August 10-12 – 2018 Residential Plumbing Inspector – P1
  • August 17-18 – When Disaster Strikes
  • August 18 – 2021 IBC Significant Changes
  • August 19 – 2018 IBC Essentials
  • August 24-26 – 2018 Fire & Life Safety Institute
  • August 25 – Customer Service and Code Enforcement
  • August 31 – 2021 IRC Significant Changes
  • September 1-2 – 2018 Permit Technician Institute
  • September 2 – 2021 IFC Significant Changes
  • September 3 – Report Writing for the Code Official
  • September 9 – Officer Safety Procedures: HazMat, Hoarding & Joint Enforcement Safety. September 13-17 – 2018 Residential Building Inspection Institute
  • September 30 – Millennials in Code Enforcement
  • October 4-8 – 2018 Residential Building Inspector B1 Certification Test Academy. October 6 – Complaint Management from Start to Finish

Check out more upcoming learning opportunities here.