ICC Annual Conference, Final Action Hearings for 2012 I-Codes Slated for October
July 27, 2010

The International Code Council (ICC) will hold its Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings on October 24-31 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The event will include final action on code changes that will impact the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the energy portion of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC). The Group B Final Action hearings also include the International Property Maintenance and Zoning Codes, the administrative chapters of all I-Codes and updates to referenced standards in all the International Codes.

For the first time, participants will be able to see results of code change proposals in real time, including committee actions and public comments, by using new software, CodeCyclePLUS. The hearings will be webcast.

The conference will feature a number of educational sessions addressing topics such as International Green Construction Code Public Version 1.0 fundamentals and mechanical and plumbing provisions; residential energy plan reviews; an introduction to ICC-700, the 2008 National Green Building Standard; the role of code officials as first preventers; hurricane and tornado safe rooms and shelters; accessibility and usability for residential buildings; and 2009 I-Code certification study skills.

ICC's code development process is undergoing a transition. The Council's Board revised the code development process with input from members and other stakeholders. The revised procedure maintains the three-year publication cycle; continues to use the governmental consensus process; divides the codes into two groups, each having code development and final action hearings in the spring and fall of the same year during the first two years of the cycle; eliminates the need for supplements to the codes halfway through the cycle; and reveals the new codes at the Annual Conference in year three of the cycle. The revised process anticipates the 2012 I-Codes will be available in April 2011.

There is no charge to attend the Final Action Hearings, but registration is encouraged. CLICK HERE to register for the event.

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