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CONTENTSOCTOBER 2016 FEATURES The I-Codes: Building Resilient Communities 19 Inclusive and Diligent, Phil Hoffman Works Hard Alongside ICC Members Code Council Member Phil Hoffman had been a homebuilder with a typical familiarity with the codes and an appreciation for their importance, having shadowed his father, who was an electrical contractor, homebuilder and eventually the chief electrical inspector for the largest parish in the state. But like many Louisiana residents, Hoffman’s life changed when Hurricane Katrina hit. 21 Fire Prevention Week: Importance of Smoke Alarms Is a Theme Worth Repeating By George Michehl This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme again references smoke alarms as it has for the two previous years. But since the most frequently used NFPA statistics say three of five home fire deaths in the U.S. result from fires in homes with non-working or non-existent smoke alarms, we clearly need to keep reminding the public. 23 Keep it Simple: A Residential Sprinkler Primer By Rob Neale Regardless of one’s position on the topic, it’s evident there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about residential sprinklers. This primer may help people appreciate what goes into system design and installation. PLUS 10 Building Resilient Health By Brian Soukup It’s no secret the building codes can help create resilient homes, offices, communities and nations, but they also can create more resilient minds and bodies. Every day, we are surrounded by examples of how the regulatory framework, administered by the I-Codes, enhances and protects our physical and mental well-being. 12 The Newest Member of the ICC Family: The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) By Brian Soukup and Maj. General Warren C. Edwards (Ret.) Many communities have had no way to gauge their resilience levels, on the whole, or in part. They’re not sure how to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. But thanks to the newest member of the Code Council’s Family of Companies, ANCR, communities can access resources to understand what it means to be resilient. 15 HSTTP: Building a Resilient Future by Training our Youth By Jim Ellwood Resiliency is defined as the ability to rise up or bounce back. How do we bounce back from the catastrophe of depleting our own inventory of construction professionals and code officials? The Code Council has taken major steps in addressing that task by creating the High School Technical Training Program (HSTTP). OCTOBER 2016 | 02


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