Here’s How You Have a Say in Codes

Filed in Codes and Standards by on February 26, 2016 2 Comments

NAHB is stepping up its efforts to encourage state, county and city leaders to join the International Code Council and have a larger say in writing and approving building codes.

The campaign is crucial to home builders, who increasingly deal with the fallout associated with code changes that specify particular products, sizes only produced by one company, or other proposals that bring windfalls to manufacturers without any corresponding benefit in safety, resiliency or energy efficiency.

By encouraging more building code officials to participate, NAHB hopes to bring balance to the voting process.

EGOV16_ADS_NAHB-ICC-V_Page_1arlier this month and in cooperation with ICC, NAHB launched a promotion with Governing magazine, a popular publication among many elected and appointed leaders, to send a series of messages to more than 14,000 mayors, town managers, public works directors and building commissioners.

These messages emphasize the importance of joining ICC as a governmental voting member and therefore eligible to use ICC’s online voting program to approve cost-effective changes to the codes.

The graphics that these potential voters receive include the link to a joint ICC/NAHB letter, which members are also urged to share with their jurisdictional representatives and colleagues.

The window of opportunity is closing fast: To vote in the next round of code proposals, these officials must register with ICC by March 18. Need to know more? Contact the NAHB staff liaison for your state. This map will tell you who to call.

 

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  1. Duke Geraghty says:

    What opportunity is there when you building code officials are always looking for more restrictive codes and have very little sympathy for cost effectiveness. I have chaired our local Code committee for 15 years and participate in the code process at much as permitted at State level but we probably should be working to leave the ICC as soon as possible. Whether that means going back to a regional code such as CABO or trying to find the money to form an NAHB Code, staying with the I codes should not be an option.

    • NAHB Now says:

      It can be a very frustrating process, Duke. And NAHB will continue to oppose any building code or building code provision that is detrimental to the goal of providing decent, safe and affordable housing and that does not include jurisdictional flexibility — that is a policy our board of directors has held since 2003. The more we educate our members on the importance of maintaining good relationships with our code officials nationwide the closer we will get to that goal.

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