A New Day Dawning
The International Code Council (ICC) is poised to make what is probably the most significant change to its code development process in its history, or the history of its legacy organizations for that matter. In a move that will transform the way final decisions are made on proposed new code requirements and amendments to existing ones, the ICC intends to greatly increase the number of code officials who actually vote on the proposals and how, beginning with the 2015 code development cycle. At least thatís the current proposal and it could substantially change just what gets approved for building codes and what doesnít.
To put this in a little better perspective, the number of code officials who now make the final decision on whether to approve or disapprove any given proposal at the FAH ranges from 125 to 400, on average, according to ICC. Those vote counts are but a small fraction of the approximately 15,000 ICC code official members who are actually eligible to vote and could potentially do so under the new voting process. The low number of officials voting under the current existing process is primarily because in-person participation at the FAH is required and budgets or other constraints keep many voting eligible code officials from attending. That low representative vote count is what ICC is trying to change with the proposed new process and could change it dramatically. While vote counts approaching the upper thousands are probably not likely, they could still easily go from several hundred on average to several thousand.
At this point, we sit tight awaiting ICCís decision. For more on this story see the January-February issue of DWM y Jeff Inks is vice president of codes and regulatory affairs for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Inks is vice president of codes and regulatory affairs for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C.