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NEWSAPRIL 2015 con’t Sales of New U.S. Homes Unexpectedly Rise to 7-Year High Purchases of new homes in the U.S. unexpectedly rose in February to a seven-year high as stronger job gains helped bolster industry activity amid severe weather. Sales climbed 7.8 percent to a 539,000 annualized pace, the most since February 2008. Full story NBI: Codes Make a Big Difference Since its inception nearly 18 years ago, the New Buildings Institute has maintained a strong emphasis on energy codes. Current NBI staff and board members continue the focus established early on by the organization’s founders. We know codes make a difference—a big difference. Full story Mississippi Improves in IBHS Ranking of Home Building Codes The improvement came because of Mississippi’s new statewide building code law, which went into effect last August. It bumped Mississippi up from the bottom of the list of 18 coastal states, up to 16th place. Full story Solar PV Training for Florida’s First Responders As more and more PV systems are being installed, the need to educate first responders is becoming critical. First responders and solar trainers from Florida attended two short solar-related workshops at the Florida Solar Energy Center, hosted by the Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN). Full story From Our ICC Facebook Page: 30 Building Code Fails No One Seemed to Notice Funny, free publicity on the important, thankless job of inspectors, courtesy of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver. Read Facebook post Event Calendar To find out about industry events you don’t want to miss, check out ICC’s Event Calendar. INDSUTRY NEWS ICC Advertising Page No. 2014 Florida Building Codes..................................... 32 2015 Building Safety Month...................................... 11 2015 Building Safety Month Sponsors........................ 24 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions................. 45 IAS—Accreditation Suite........................................... 40 IAS—BDA................................................................ 38 IAS—Special Inspection............................................ 45 IAS—Test Lab Accreditation....................................... 43 ICC-ES..................................................................... 11 ICC—New Website.................................................... 14 ICC Membership....................................................... 20 ICC Plan Review........................................................ 34 ICC Product Spotlight................................................ 32 ICC Training—Campus Online.................................... 41 ICC Training—Events................................................. 27 ICC Training—Hire ICC to Teach................................. 18 ICC Training—Plan Review Institute........................... 22 ICC Training—When Disaster Strikes Institute............. 18 EVENT CALENDAR ADVERTISING INDEX We’d like to thank our paid advertiser for its support. EnergyLogic Academy................................................ 13 APRIL 2015 | 51


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