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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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Richard Witt recipient of 2016 Code Official of the Year Award

Rick Witt, Building Official from Chesterfield County is this year’s recipient of the 2016 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award and was presented to him at this year’s ICC Annual Conference held in Kansas City. The International Code Council Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award is given to an individual whose contributions to the code enforcement profession are meritorious. The individual must demonstrate professional abilities that are an example for all members of the code enforcement profession, and advance the cause of safety in the built environment.

Rick has dedicated his professional career to building safety at the local, state, and national levels. He has many credits to his name including having served as the Vice Chair of the ICC Codes and Standards Council, Chair of the Board of International Professional Standards (BIPS), the Professional Development Council, and the Certification Committee to name a few. In addition, Rick’s service to VBCOA as Legislative Chair, as well his work as the Governor-appointed position of Virginia Director of Regulatory Compliance are among his many contributions and accomplishments.

Rick was also instrumental in the expansion and growth of the Virginia Building Code Academy; as well as, what is now the Building Code Academy Advisory Committee (BCAAC).

Congratulation Rick!


From left: International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, Gerald H. Jones, 2016 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award recipient Richard Witt and International Code Council Board of Directors Member and Awards Committee Chairman William Jeff Bechtold.


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Water Reuse eLearning/Snap Series Course Now Available

The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) is pleased to announce the release of a new online continuing education course: “Water Reuse – Nonpotable Water Systems”. This course is the latest installment in the VBCA’s Snap Series,  which are free, short, and interactive online courses offered through the VBCA Knowledge Center.

This eLearning program will introduce learners to Water Reuse and the related code requirements for Nonpotable Water Systems, including Rainwater systems, Gray Water systems, and Reclaimed Water systems. The course only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and successfully completing the course is worth .5 hours of DHCD Continuing Education Credits.

The course is available to anyone who is registered on the VBCA Knowledge Center website. After logging in, simply enter “water reuse” in the search field at the top right of the page.

Forgot your user ID or password? Simply click the “Forgot Login ID” or “Forgot Password” link to have that information emailed to you. (Note that this will not work if you don’t have a current email for yourself in the system. Please email or call us if you are unable to obtain your Login ID or reset your password.)

New to the VBCA Knowledge Center? Click the “Register” button at the top of the page.

For more information or for help with the Knowledge Center, contact the Virginia Building Code Academy office at vbca@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7180.

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ICC Congratulates Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development

ICC recognized Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s recent honor at the State’s 18th Annual Innovative Technology Symposium for its employment of an ICC’s Cloud-Based System for Code Development.

The Department of Housing and Community Development was honored at the 18th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) for developing cdpVA, an online process allowing stakeholders to monitor, update and develop building, fire and other related regulations, which won the Government to Business Award.

“Virginia is the first in the country to deploy the Code Council’s cloud-based code development solution based on cdpACCESS,” explained ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO speaking at the ICC conference held last month in Kansas City. “This innovative system provides digital access to ICC model codes and standards, legislative formatting for AHJ code change proposals, a collaboration tool for working with stakeholders and, most importantly, is customized for Virginia’s specific regulatory process.”

Launched March 1, 2016, Virginia’s online process includes electronic versions of the code requirements, automatic legislative formatting, a collaboration tool and public comment feature, and as a depository for all regulatory documents including but not limited to meeting notices, workgroup information, summaries, board meetings and public hearings, gathering them from various other sources and calendars creating a single location for information.

Virginia’s stakeholders are embracing cdpVA, which: eliminates the possibility of incorrect proposals being presented at workgroups, code committees and board meetings; eliminates the possibility of losing proposals that have been submitted; significantly reduces the time to prepare and generate agendas for workgroups, code committees and board meetings; allows staff and stakeholders to access any given proposal at any given time; and drastically reduces mountains of paperwork and the need to stand at a copier scanning documents to create pdfs and then copying thousands of pages for every meeting.

ICC congratulates the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development on its innovative adaption of cdpACCESS for enhancing building projects in the safe environment.

To read more ICC’s new release visit: http://media.iccsafe.org/NR/2016/091416-cdpVA.pdf

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