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NEWS U.S. Federal District Court Clears Path for ICC Copyright Complaint against IAPMO A Federal Court cleared the path for ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) to proceed with its copyright infringement complaint against the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc. (IAPMO) when the court denied IAPMO’s motion to have the case dismissed. In a 25-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan struck down IAPMO’s arguments to dismiss ICC-ES’ Federal copyright claims as “unavailing,” noting that side-by-side comparisons of ICC-ES’ copyrighted materials with IAPMO’s allegedly infringing works that were presented to the Court as evidence along with ICC-ES’ complaint, “could permit a reasonable observer to conclude that appropriation occurred.” Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development employs the Code Council’s cloud-cased system for code development The International Code Council’s (ICC) cloudbased code development system—cdpACCESS— was the foundation of an award-winning process advanced by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to streamline and enhance safe construction. The Department was honored at the 18th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) for developing cdpVA, an online process allowing stakeholders to monitor, update and develop building, fire and other related regulations, which won the Government to Business Award. Government Technology Magazine sponsors COVITS. Read news release Did 9/11 Change the Way We Build? Code Council’s Mike Pfeiffer Weighs In The destruction of the twin towers—which killed 2,753 people—led to safer building practices that make it easier for people to escape fires and other disasters in high-rises now being built. “The collapse brought to our attention that there are other forces out there, in addition to natural forces, and identified the need for additional safeguards to be built into buildings, principally super-tall buildings,” said Mike Pfeiffer, senior vice president of technical services of the International Code Council. Read more Code Council Board Solicits Feedback on the Code Council Code Development Process In 2015, the Code Council entered into a new agreement with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to develop the 2018 International Green Construction Code. As a result, hosting a Group C code development cycle was not necessary. Since then, the Code Council has received numerous suggestions on what to do in 2017 since there would not be any code development hearings. Code Council responded with the ICC Training & Certification Summit to be held May 22-26, 2017, at the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition, many members and organizations have made further suggestions on what they feel could be improvements to the code development process, some of which have been forwarded to the Code Council Board. Read more Region VI Tour Visits the University of Massachusetts Lowell A Code Council contingent, including Board of Directors Immediate Past President Alex Olszowy, Board Director and Region VI Director Robert Drexler, and Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, attended a town hall meeting at the University of Massachusetts Lowell this past summer. Olszowy and Sims updated regional, state and local Code Council Chapter Members and stakeholders on organizational initiatives and activities and addressed important issues related to the building safety and fire prevention industry. View more photos from the tour. NEWSOCTOBER 2016 con’t ICC NEWS OCTOBER 2016 | 08


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