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Being an Ambassador for How ICC and its Members Keep Communities Safe continued members urge them to become Members. They explain the benefits of ICC and how we work together to bring about building safety. They are also using that opportunity to introduce cdpACCESS and show building officials how to register and vote. They have a genuine interest in helping ICC grow in membership and influence. Their grass roots effort also includes urging elected leadership to adopt the current version of the I-Codes. Truly, they are representing themselves as a strategic partner. So what common issues were discussed over the three days of meetings? The following is a list of committees and subcommittees that Vice President Alex Olszowy, Secretary/Treasurer Dwayne Garriss and I attended, along with some of the subject areas discussed: • NAHB’s partnership with ICC and ASHRAE to develop the next edition of the ICC/ ASHRAE-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) • Research studies, including moisture monitoring in 22 energy efficient houses • Air tightness working group technical studies • Proposed changes to the 2018 International Residential Code® (IRC) and International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC) Group A schedule • Green building surveys, promotions and national events to promote green buildings and the International Green Construction Code® (IgCC) • Investigating the value of the ISO BCEGS rating • The impact of ASCE-7 on housing • Townhouse separation studies and fire separation issues • Stair geometry, guard requirements and window fall protection • Solar photovoltaic roof systems • Grassroots campaign to register new ICC Governmental Members and inform them about cdpACCESS • Cost benefit analysis added to ICC Council Policy 28 that governs code development • ICC Preferred Provider Program • Possibility that fair trade agreement with Canada could cause lumber prices to rise • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) mitigation report • NIST resiliency workshops NAHB’s participation with ICC was also visible in the development of goals and objectives by the NAHB’s Construction Codes and Standards Committee. Of their five 2014 goals, four directly affected ICC: • Code officials’ grassroots campaign to reach every code official in U.S. • Cost benefit analysis added to CP #28 • Strengthen strategic partnership with ICC • Increase hearing participation for code development I believe that when attending meetings and events as an ICC Board Director I have a duty to fulfill to all our Members and our association. And that is to let everyone know about the significant work the ICC and its Members do to keep communities safe. Lynn Underwood, MCP, is an ICC Board of Directors Member and Deputy Division Chief, Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs, District of Columbia. APRIL 2015 | 38 Building Department Accreditation The IAS Building Department Accreditation Program is for government agencies that are proactively seeking to improve their organization. Contact IAS and find out more about becoming an IAS Accredited Building Department. 1-866-427-4422 | www.iasonline.org Helping Building Departments Operate at Optimal Levels 15-10788 —*ADVERTISEMENT—


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