Mike Holmes Named Honorary Code Leader by the ICCF at ICC’s Annual Conference

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In October, the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) designated renovation expert Mike Holmes of the television show Holmes on Homes™ as an “Honorary Code Leader” for bringing the message of “Build It Right” and “Make it Right” to the construction industry. The Foundation chose Holmes for this honor because he has committed his voice to the acceptance and use of building codes and standards that provide the foundation for strong, safe and sustainable communities. Holmes is the first ever Honorary Code Leader designated by the ICC Foundation. 

Around the world, thousands of lives are lost and billions of dollars in damage occur in places where people and property are not protected by building codes and standards. Holmes believes in doing a job right the first time, and makes it his mission to expose poor, substandard workmanship in the building industry with his highly successful television show on HGTV. Many TV shows demonstrate how to build homes; few focus as strongly as Holmes on Homes on the essentials of starting with an approved plan, a skilled professional and a legally obtained permit. He has not only chosen this critical and life-saving message, he has brought it to an international audience. 

The Foundation had the pleasure of traveling to Toronto to videotape an interview with Holmes and share it at the 2010 Foundation Luncheon held during the ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.  His message riveted more than 800 members attending the luncheon event. 

“You need to be the guys that don’t settle for minimum codes and say, ‘We can do this better,’” Holmes said. “The truth is if we all stay together as a team, codes will progress and move in the right direction. That’s essential not only for code officials but for the public. That makes sense to me.”

“Mike Holmes is known for ‘building it right,’ which strongly supports the Code Council’s efforts to build a safer world,” Code Council CEO Rick Weiland said. “Mike sends a powerful message to the trades. We are grateful for his support and look forward to working with him to create safer homes.

“Mike’s philosophy and how he lives his commitment to sound building practices supports all involved in building and construction -- from design professionals to trades to code enforcement professionals -- because he is helping the public understand and value the essential nature of what they do,” Weiland continues. “He is bringing voice to the issue that code officials have dedicated their lives to.

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