International Code Council Update – April 2012

April 2012

International Code Council Update

A New Chapter Education Benefit for 2012

By now, you may have heard that the ICC Board of Directors approved the introduction of an enhanced annual Chapter Education Benefit for 2012. For the past two years, ICC offered a Chapter Education Benefit of a 50 percent discount off of a training seminar. In that time, more than 160 Chapters have taken advantage of the benefit, bringing high-quality ICC training to their local audience. In recognition of the Year of the Member, and with the hopes of even greater Chapter exposure to ICC training, we are now expanding the benefit.

Beginning April 1, the enhanced Chapter Education Benefit will provide qualifying Chapters with a live training seminar at no cost to the Chapter. Qualifying Chapters are those that filed their annual chapter report in a timely manner.  After discussing options and gathering feedback from Chapter leaders, it became apparent that any changes to the benefit be structured to provide maximum value to the ICC Chapters and the organization as a whole. To that end, the following specific requirements will apply to the enhanced Chapter Education Benefit:

  • The benefit is available beginning April 1, 2012
  • Qualifying Chapters will receive either:
    • 1 complimentary live Fundamentals, Update, Significant Changes, or Transition training seminar, or
    • 1 complimentary live Performing, advanced or special topics one-day training seminar (legal and electrical seminars are not eligible) with the purchase of a second seminar
  • The Chapter will receive up to 30 complimentary sets of student materials (workbooks, handouts, etc.) for the no-cost seminar. Additional sets of materials for more than 30 students must be purchased at standard Chapter pricing
  • The Chapter may request, but is not guaranteed, a specific instructor

As with the current benefit, a Chapter will still be allowed to combine or donate its Chapter Education Benefit day. Visit our online catalog for a complete list of available classes. To schedule a Chapter Education Benefit seminar or for any other ICC education needs, please contact one of our Education Client Services Administrators at 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), extension 33818.

Important Pricing Announcement!

Effective April 1, ICC’s price adjustment will increase the pricing of I-Codes, Commentaries, and other select items in book, CD and PDF format. Shipping and handling charges will not increase. Please go to the link below to view a complete list of new prices.

ICC Announces Availability of New Green Code

The 2012 International Green Construction Code is the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction. The model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The IgCC will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction. Click here to find out more about our newest code:

Proposed Code Changes for Group A Posted Online

Before heading to Dallas later this month, view the Group A proposed changes to the 2012 editions prior to the Code Development Hearings April 29-May 8 in Dallas. They’re all right here:

2012 Group A Code Development Hearing Schedule Available.

The 2012 Code Development Hearings Schedule for Group A is posted on the ICC website here: Registration is open for the April 29 – May 8 Hearings at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel at this web address:

Code Change proposal errata is posted.   The link is: Exam Availability Update

Currently, 2012 I-Codes exams are paper and pencil only with computer-based testing available in January 2013. Computer-based and paper and pencil exams are available for the 2009 I-Codes. 2006 I-Codes exams are paper and pencil only. For more information, see the National Certification Examination Information Bulletin here:

Draft of Guideline Available for Public Comment

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, in collaboration with the International Code Council, has released the draft of the Guidelines for Designing Fire Safety in Very Tall Buildings for public comment. The submission deadline for public comments is June 8.

EPA Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Not A Local Official Issue

ICC has reviewed the federal EPA Lead-Based Paint regulations, and has determined that none of the regulations impose any responsibility for enforcement on local officials, nor are there any reporting or training requirements for local code officials. The regulations in question can be found here:

2012 is the Year of the Member!

Every International Code Council Member contributes to building a safer world through their individual commitment to public safety. The International Code Council always focuses on its Members, but 2011-2012 is a special time as ICC celebrates the Year of the Member.  The Year of the Member recognizes the fact that ICC Members are industry leaders dedicated to building safe and sustainable communities.

Are you getting the most out of your membership? Click here to find out about all the opportunities you have as an ICC Member!

Call for Proposals: ICC/ANSI A117.1-09 – Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities

ICC Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities will be developing the next edition of the ANSI A117.1-09 standard. Suggested revisions or additions can be submitted to the ICC by completing the public proposal form, located here: Remember, the deadline is July 2, so get your revisions in soon!

Call to Committee: ICC Accepting Applications for Exam Development Committee Members

Certification and Testing seeks volunteers to serve in several areas. View the responsibilities of Exam Development Committee here:, and then apply today! Applications link here:

ICC Membership Councils: New Opportunities to Enhance Your Profession and Career

The Membership Councils offer ICC Members a place to come together and be a more powerful force shaping your ICC, your industry, your career, and your future. The ICC Board, as part of ICC’s celebration of the “Year of the Member,” is pleased to announce five discipline-specific Membership Councils that will each serve to take your ICC Membership and profession to the next level. Share your expertise, voice, and vision with your peers – get started today!

ICC Membership Councils were formed after Members asked to have a greater role influencing how ICC serves to enhance Members’ work performance, careers and professions. ICC’s success is driven by the unity and diversity of its Members. The strength and solidarity of our organization allows us to better serve our membership and communities, and promote a shared vision of a safe and sustainable world.

Find out more about the new ICC Membership Councils here:

Think You’re a Major Jurisdiction? Join the Committee!

The Major Jurisdiction Committee is open to representatives of state code enforcement agencies, the capital city of each state, the two largest jurisdictions in each state and jurisdictions with a population of 1,000,000 or more. Find out more about it here:

2012/2013 Code Change Cycle Information Available.

The Code Council has recently posted the Code Change Proposal form online for the 2012/2013 Code Change Cycle. That form is available as both a Word Document and PDF file here: .The list of the Group A and Group B Committees responsibilities also is available on ICC’s website here:

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