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Building Safety Month Scholarship Awarded

Meghan Chudasama Chantilly High School

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Building Code Safety Month Scholarship Essay Contest, Meghan K. Chudasama! A rising senior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, VA, Meghan’s essay was unanimously chosen by the contest’s selection committee. It is clear that Meghan put some time, research, and thought into her response to the essay prompt ‘Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth’. Meghan will receive a $1,500 scholarship award to go towards her upcoming educational expenses.

We thank each participant for the terrific essays that were submitted and we wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors. Read the winning essay here: Meghan K. Chudasama

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ICC Seeks Military Members

ICC members come from many backgrounds and contribute a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the Building Safety Profession. ICC believes that understanding the background of their members will help them to better meet your needs. This includes those who have proudly served or have loved ones who have served our country in the military.

As we in Virginia prepare to celebrate Building Safety Month, we invite all members to complete this short survey regarding military service.

This information will help ICC provide and enhance career opportunities in the building safety profession for veterans and military personnel.

Whether you have served, are a military family member, or even if you just have ideas you would like to share about engaging those who have served in the military, please take this survey.

Click HERE for the survey.

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VA Code Education Conference – 2017

VA Code Education Conference
July 24-26, 2017
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This three-day conference offers a wide variety of education sessions that are sure to be of interest to anyone enforcing, developing, using the code or working in a code related industry. The education sessions will qualify for continuing education credit from DHCD and ICC and may qualify for additional continuing education credit approvals.

In addition to a full education schedule there will be a number of evening networking events including a family pig roast, evening banquet, and an event at the UVA Rotunda. These will be perfect opportunities to connect with colleagues, establish new industry connections, and take sometime to relax and enjoy good company.

For more information or to register on-line visit www.thevcec.org

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Code Official Numbers on the Decline

Those in the code safety profession have long known that an aging workforce is an issue.  The recent article in Builder Magazine shares that concern.  Read the full article here.

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Amusement Device Reminder for VA Building Officials

amusement-deviceThe warm weather is fast approaching which means carnivals, fairs and family fun. Building Officials play a major unsung role in these family times.

It is important to know that the local Building Department is responsible for the inspections of Amusement Devices, whether performed by certified Building Deparment employees or an approved third party.

Only Virginia certified amusement device inspectors can perform the inspections of amusement devices. Certified inspectors may be employees of the local government or may be independent inspectors that are paid for by the amusement device owners or operators.

After the amusement device is inspected and determined to comply with the standards under the Virginia Amusement Device Regulations (VADR), the device is affixed with a Virginia Amusement Device Inspection Seal. Please note that seals will only be provided to the Building Official of the jurisdiction, as they are responsible for the seals.  You may pre-order the stickers by contacting sbco@dhcd.virginia.gov  or by calling 804-371-7150.  Please order early to ensure you have an adequate supply when needed.

The VADR prescribes uniform statewide regulations to be complied with for the construction, maintenance, inspection, and operation of amusement devices, whether mobile or affixed to a site. Should you have any questions on the regulations, additional information and FAQ’s can be found HERE.

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Technical Review Board Interpretation

At the January meeting of the Virginia State Technical Review Board, the Board heard a request for an interpretation on Section 305.2.9 Clear zone of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) referenced by the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).

The general question was whether or not this section required a three foot setback between the property line and the barrier.

View the official interpretation here :

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Upcoming American Wood Council education events

awcIn this week’s WoodPost  the American Wood Council announced two upcoming webinar  events along with a number of eCourses open to all. Registration is complementary and ICC and DHCD continuing education hours are available.  For  more information visit the American Wood Council at http://www.awc.org or email education@awc.org.

Evaluation of Recommended Allowable Design Properties for Wood in Existing Structures (DES160)
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 1:55pm-3:00pm Eastern
Registration:  http://awc.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=887149&group=
Tall Wood Structures: Current Trends and Related Code and Standard Changes (DES600-1)
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 1:55pm-3:30pm Eastern
Registration: http://awc.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=887150&group=

AWC eCourses can be found at http://www.awc.org/education/ecourses



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