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  2. The right way to evaluate building products

    Code Watcher, an online and print publication about codes, published an article written by ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian about the unique value of ICC-ES and how building code officials need more transparency in the building product evaluation arena to ensure specified products comply with codes and standards. Read more. View the full article
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  4. The International Code Council is leading a new initiative, the ICC Military Families Building Career Path Program, to help veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options. Read more View the full article
  5. ASHRAE Launches New Building Energy Quotient Portal View the full article
  6. Share your expertise at the 2018 ICC Global Connections Day on Oct. 24, 2018, in Richmond, Va. The overall theme is Innovation in the World of Building Safety, with sessions focusing on Innovative Methods and Materials in Building Design and Construction and Innovative Approaches to the Building Regulatory Process. Read more. View the full article
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  8. The ICC Consensus Committees on Landscape Irrigation Emission Devices (IS-IEDC), Storm Shelters (IS-STM) and Residential High-Wind Construction (IS-RHW) will be developing the next edition of their respective standards, ICC 802-2014, ICC 500-2014 and ICC 600-2014. The deadline for suggested revisions or additions to the standards has been extended to Dec. 11. If you have suggested revisions or additions, please complete and submit the public proposal form to the ICC. View the full article
  9. This year’s Committee Action Hearings offer code and fire officials, architects, builders, engineers, designers and others an opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the Group A International Codes. The hearings will take place April 15–25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Your expertise is needed! Read more View the full article
  10. The ICC Eastern Regional Office is closed Friday, December 8 due to inclement weather. The office will reopen on Monday. View the full article
  11. The International Code Council launches a new online resource, the Value of the Code Official toolkit. This toolkit helps government officials, Code Council members and others build awareness for the code official’s significant role within their communities, and encourages young professionals to join the industry. Read more View the full article
  12. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release December 6, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Whitney Doll (202) 568-1798 wdoll@iccsafe.org The Code Council unveils new resources to promote code officials The Value of the Code Official toolkit builds awareness about building safety and encourages young professionals to join the industry Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council launches a new online resource, the Value of the Code Official toolkit. This toolkit helps government officials, Code Council members and others build awareness for the code official’s significant role within their communities. Code officials review plans and conduct inspections to guarantee every building constructed follows the community’s codes and standards. Structures constructed in accordance with updated building codes are more likely to withstand disasters, saving lives and reducing the cost and time needed for rebuilding. The most widely utilized and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S., the International Codes, result in the highest level of building safety in the industrial world. This new resource also encourages students and young professionals to join the industry’s pipeline of qualified professionals. According to a 2014 study, the building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce over the next 15 years. Retirements combined with a growing demand for skilled labor make the booming construction industry a tremendous opportunity for young adults entering the workforce. “The Value of the Code Official toolkit builds on the Code Council’s innovative work through the High School Technical Training Program, the Military Families Building Safety Program and our other Safety 2.0 programs,” said Code Council Board President Jay Elbettar, P.E. “In the wake of the recent destructive hurricane season and widespread California wildfires, we continue to highlight the critical role of the code official in creating safe buildings and resilient communities.” The Value of the Code Official toolkit includes: Talking points; Presentation slides with notes for the presenter; A flyer for electronic and print distribution; A video – Code Officials: Building Safety Today for a Stronger Tomorrow. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org/codeofficialtoolkit. ### 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
  13. The International Code Council welcomes three new staff members: Helga Alexander, Program Manager of Calibration Laboratory Accreditation for the International Accreditation Service (IAS); Michelle Britt, Director of the Energy Program; and Shannon Homolka, Marketing Manager for the Code Council Training & Education Department and S.K. Ghosh Associates. Read more View the full article
  14. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release December 5, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Whitney Doll (202) 568-1798 wdoll@iccsafe.org The Code Council welcomes three key new employees The new staff members will support ICC’s accreditation, energy and marketing programs Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council welcomes three new staff members: Helga Alexander, Program Manager of Calibration Laboratory Accreditation for the International Accreditation Service (IAS); Michelle Britt, Director of the Energy Program; and Shannon Homolka, Marketing Manager for the Code Council Learning Center and S.K. Ghosh Associates. Helga Alexander has more than 20 years of experience as an engineer. She began her career in the optics area and then became involved in metrology and calibration. Previously, she worked for the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Ala., as a Quality Management Systems Manager, and for Keithley Instruments in Cleveland, Ohio, as Metrology Manager. Helga is an active member of numerous professional societies that encourage and promote accreditation and engineering. She has a Master of Science in Physics from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Michelle Britt has over 15 years of experience working with energy codes and building energy performance nationally and in the Pacific Islands. She was a partner with Britt/Makela Group serving national, state and local governments, industry, and nonprofits including the Code Council. Previously, she was a Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in Architecture. Shannon Homolka is an accomplished marketing professional with over 15 years of diverse integrated marketing and communications expertise. Previously, she was a Marketing Manager for Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Advocate Health Care. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Lewis University, where she also teaches part-time as an adjunct faculty member. “We are extremely excited to welcome these three new very talented professionals to our team,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Their expertise and knowledge concerning accreditation, energy and marketing will greatly increase our staff capabilities and enhance our ability to support our members and advance our building safety mission.” ### 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
  15. The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is adding evaluations of alternative seismic force-resisting systems to its extensive list of product evaluations. The company will develop new acceptance criteria based on FEMA P695. Read more View the full article
  16. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release December 1, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Whitney Doll (202) 568-1798 wdoll@iccsafe.org ICC-ES adds new evaluation services for alternative seismic force-resisting systems The company will develop new acceptance criteria based on FEMA P695 BREA, Calif. – The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is adding evaluations of alternative seismic force-resisting systems to its extensive list of product evaluations. The 2018 International Building Code (IBC), released in September 2017, references the latest version of the American Society of Civil Engineers standard, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI 7-16). ASCE 7-16 allows for the use of rational methodology to validate design criteria for seismic force-resisting systems, which includes alternative systems that were not previously recognized. Before the 2018 IBC was released, ICC-ES evaluated only those seismic force-resisting systems recognized in ASCE 7-10, the prior version of the standard, or equivalent systems. To set in place procedures as to how ICC-ES will evaluate alternative seismic force-resisting systems, the company will develop new acceptance criteria that outline provisions for the evaluation of alternative seismic force-resisting systems using the principles in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Quantification of Building Seismic Performance Factors (FEMA P695). This publication outlines a method for determining seismic design coefficients and factors for alternative structural systems to limit the collapse probability of buildings using those systems to the nationally-recognized level of acceptability. “We are pleased to announce the decision to evaluate alternative seismic force-resisting systems,” said ICC-ES Vice-President of Engineering Gary Nichols, P.E. “ICC-ES continually evaluates products to the latest codes, and we encourage all manufacturers to also comply with the latest codes for market acceptance.” ICC-ES will post the proposed new acceptance criteria on the alternative criteria development process agenda for public comment soon. ### 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 ICC-ES The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the ICC Family of Companies, is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. ICC-ES evaluation reports, building product listings and plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. View the full article
  17. The Code Council supports bipartisan House Resolution 4455, the Supporting Mitigation Activities and Resiliency Targets for Rebuilding Act or SMART Rebuilding Act, sponsored by Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.). This bill aims to help communities rebuild stronger and recover more quickly after natural disasters by incentivizing them to build replacement structures to the most up-to-date building codes available. Read more. View the full article
  18. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release November 30, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Whitney Doll (202) 568-1798 wdoll@iccsafe.org The Code Council applauds the introduction of the SMART Rebuilding Act New bipartisan legislation supports the implementation of updated building codes and helps communities recover more quickly after natural disasters Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council supports bipartisan House Resolution 4455, the Supporting Mitigation Activities and Resiliency Targets for Rebuilding Act or SMART Rebuilding Act, sponsored by Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.). This bill aims to help communities rebuild stronger and recover more quickly after natural disasters by incentivizing communities to build replacement structures to the most up-to-date building codes available. Working in partnership with the BuildStrong Coalition, the Code Council has advocated for the adoption of the latest building codes and met with dozens of Congressional members and their staffs to highlight the importance of pre-disaster mitigation. Buildings constructed to updated codes incorporate the latest technology and provide the safest, most resilient structures for families and communities. This legislation comes at a critical time following the loss of life and damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and widespread wildfires in California. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, media reports indicate that structures built to updated codes in Florida better withstood the effects of the storm. “Guided by our members, our mission and our new subsidiary, the Alliance for National & Community Resilience, the Code Council is leading the way with other partners like the BuildStrong Coalition, the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences to foster safer buildings and more resilient communities here in the U.S. and around the globe,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are pleased to see the introduction of this resolution which supports ideas that the Code Council and our partners have been championing for some time.” The International Codes (I-Codes), including the International Building Code, International Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code, are the most widely utilized and adopted set of design codes in the U.S. Developed through a consensus-based process, the I-Codes result in the highest level of building safety in the industrial world. Additional resources: HR 4455 full text News release – Rep. Jeff Denham introduces disaster mitigation bill News release – BuildStrong Coalition Praises Introduction of the SMART Rebuilding Act ### 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
  19. We are currently accepting applications for Code Enforcement Officer. Please see the attached for complete details. You can visit www.upsoncountyga.org to download an application. CE01- Code Enforcement Officer.doc View the full article
  20. Winter Safety Resources

    Winter Safety Resources As cold weather approaches, some of us may look forward to winter activities, while others look forward to just huddling in front of a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate. But a gentle reminder is in order: Each season has its dangers, and winter is no different. For example, The Centers for Disease Control says thousands die each year from exposure to extreme cold, or from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating units, which also can cause fires in homes if not used properly. Another example: Deadly fires also can result when homeowners use torches to thaw frozen pipes. The American Red Cross offers tips to prevent pipes from freezing and what to do if it happens. The following list offers preparations you can make at home and when traveling to make sure you have a fun and safe winter. Your Winter Toolkit Red Cross: Winter Storm Safety Red Cross: Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes: Winter Freeze Flash Card OSHA: The Cold Stress Guide FEMA Fact Sheet on Winter Storms CDC: Extreme Cold- Prevention Guide NOAA: Winter Storms- the Deceptive Killers: A Preparedness Guide University of Wisconsin-Extension: Winter Storm Preparedness and Response Congressional Hazards Caucus Fact Sheet: Winter Storms FEMA Emergency Supply List FEMA Family Emergency Plan Winter Tips for People with Disabilities and Special Needs Winter Tips for Older Americans Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense Snow Shoveling Safety Tips Winter Storm Preparedness and Response: Safety At Home and While Traveling How to Winterize Your Manufactured Home How to Care for Ice-Damaged Trees North Dakota State University: Heat Safely with Alternative Fuel Heating Systems Solve Winter Home Moisture Problems Check Sewer Vents for Ice Accumulations Preventing roof collapses from snow and ice on agricultural buildings Protecting Trees and Shrubs against Winter Damage Better Business Bureau: Hiring a Snow Removal Contractor Three-Day Emergency Food Supply Preparing Food during a Power Failure Safety of Refrigerated Foods after a Power Outage AARP: 5 Hidden Health Dangers of winter News articles Health Officials: House Fires More Likely During the Holidays Red Cross Offers Home Heating Safety Tips House Works: Winter prep for snowbirds; ice dams View the full article
  21. Take advantage of a special, limited-time offer to purchase new ICC logo brand products now for the New Year. Products include the polyfleece jacket, ladies v-neck sweater, softshell jacket, long-sleeve jersey t-shirt, full-zip hooded fleece, computer briefcase and more. The last day to order products is Dec. 3. Learn more. View the full article
  22. ATLANTA (Nov. 27, 2017) - ASHRAE has received the prestigious Partnership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme's (UN Environment) Ozone Secretariat for its extraordinary commitment and contribution ... View the full article
  23. The partnership between the International Code Council and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has been the catalyst for substantial progress in the Water Efficiency Rating (WER) Index. Due to the diligent work of the WER Index task force, RESNET announced that the technical guidelines were finalized and that nearly all the task force work had been completed. Read more. View the full article
  24. 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. due to nozzle malfunction. The extinguishers may not work during a fire emergency; the nozzles may become clogged and require excessive force to use. Read more. View the full article
  25. The International Code Council, along with other organizations that are part of the High-Performance Building Coalition, signed onto a letter of support for the Energy Star program sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce ahead of its consideration of changes to the popular program. Read the letter. View the full article
  26. Today the International Code Council announced that the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) is joining ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES). With the move, all certifications presently conducted and maintained by ICC-SRCC, including the certifications for the Small Wind Certification Council (ICC-SWCC), will be coordinated within the ICC-ES framework. Read more View the full article
  27. Download the PDF version of this News Release. For Immediate Release November 21, 2017 www.iccsafe.org Contact: Whitney Doll (202) 568-1798 wdoll@iccsafe.org Solar Rating & Certification Corporation joins ICC Evaluation Service, LLC ICC-SRCC customers will receive the same exceptional services with expanded access to ICC-ES staff and resources Washington, D.C. – Today the International Code Council announced that the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) is joining ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES). With the move, all certifications presently conducted and maintained by ICC-SRCC, including the certifications for the Small Wind Certification Council (ICC-SWCC), will be coordinated within the ICC-ES framework. ICC-ES is the U.S.’s leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-SRCC staff will be joining the experienced ICC-ES team which consists of evaluation specialists, licensed architects and professional engineers with expertise in a range of specialized fields such as civil, structural, plumbing and mechanical engineering. ICC-SRCC joined the ICC Family of Companies in 2014, bringing over three decades of experience in the development and implementation of national rating standards and certification programs for solar energy equipment. Since 2014, ICC-SRCC has expanded its product offerings to include certifying photovoltaic conversion of solar energy and providing small and medium wind power alternatives through ICC-SWCC. The move to ICC-ES will allow ICC-SRCC to continue to grow and provide additional value to its customers. “Since our acquisition of ICC-SRCC, we have been focused on streamlining its operational and certification processes,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We believe it is time to bring all ICC-SRCC programs under the control of ICC-ES to better utilize the myriad resources of ICC-ES. With this move, we aim to strengthen the renewable energy product and service offerings we have available to our members and clients.” “With our history of excellent evaluation services, we are well positioned to take on this new area of certification services. Our customers are our priority, and we look forward to serving the evaluation needs of solar energy product manufacturers,” said ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. 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 ICC-ES The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the ICC Family of Companies, is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. ICC-ES evaluation reports, building product listings and plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. ### View the full article
  28. Thank you! With your generous support, ICC and the California Building Officials (CALBO) reached our goal of matching donations 1-1 up to $10,000 to assist victims of the recent California wildfires. Together we raised $30,000 in the name of local California building departments for American Red Cross disaster relief. To donate, and for more wildfire information and resources, click here. View the full article
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