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Here ye, Here ye! ….Calling all validated voting members of ICC; the voting window for online Governmental Consensus is set to begin on November 8. While you may be focused on a different vote that day, please mark your calendars to start voting on the outcome of the public comment hearing results! You will have approximately 2-weeks to complete your voting.

By the time you read this, it is likely that the results will already have been posted. Here is the proposed schedule from the ICC website:

Public Comment Hearing Results To be posted: November 2, 2016
Online Governmental Consensus Voting period Approx. Nov 8 – 21, 2016
Summary of Final Action Group B Code Changes To be posted: December 6, 2016

Virginia has always been a leader in the development of codes, let’s keep that going! Get a group together or vote at your leisure at home. Read the changes and listen to the testimony…its available 24-hours a day for two full weeks, please don’t let this opportunity to participate and represent Virginia go by.

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Link to cdpACCESS is here:  cdpACCESS

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Chapter Merit Award Presented to Virginia Building and Code Officials Association

The Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA) was presented with the ICC Chapter Merit Award during this year’s ICC conference held in Kansas City. Chapter Merit Awards are presented to Chapters that distinguish themselves through activities that demonstrate the goals and objectives of the International Code Council.

The VBCOA Chapter has an impressive member base of 1,053, an increase of 100 members within the last year, with approximately 90 percent of the members ICC certified and is an ICC Preferred Provider.

VBCOA encourages members to earn their ICC certification and by obtaining Preferred Provider status the chapter offers sessions at its conferences that enable attendees to earn continuing education towards maintaining their certifications. They have conducted extensive training on cdpACCESS to ensure that its members are comfortable with the process and are encouraged to participate. A scholarship program is also available to assist members to participate in the code development process at the national level.

VBCOA provided funding for members to attend the ICC Energy Conference and eight $1,000 scholarships were awarded to members to attend the ICC Annual Conference in Long Beach, California last year. VBCOA has developed a model code update training program for educating contractors, homebuilders, architects and other professionals in the private sector, as well as training modules, such as accessibility, underground storage tanks, re-roofing requirements for commercial buildings, cdpVA, ADA-compliant egress components, property maintenance, and 2012 code updating training.

It is for their continuous effort to encourage, support, and enable their members to be actively involved in the code development process and in their individual professional development that VBCOA was recognized with this year’s Chapter Merit Award.

DHCD applauds the efforts of VBCOA…congratulations!

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Save the Date: VA Code Education Conference


Virginia Code Education Conference
July 24 – 26, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton

The Virginia Code Education Conference (VCEC), formally known as the ‘Joint Conference’, is holding its first conference in July 2017 under its new name and planning leadership. This 3-day event will be packed full of interesting topics for everyone regardless of which organization you belong to and all training sessions will qualify for continuing education hours from one or more of the providers.

More information about this conference and the registration process will be available shortly.
If you have questions in the meantime contact:
Paula Johnson at pajohnson@pwcgov.org
Sandi Morris at Sandi.morris@dhcd.virginia.gov

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Don’t miss out on the upcoming Virginia Rehabilitation Code Technical Training!

The final offering of 2016 of the Virginia Rehabilitation Code Technical Training is fast approaching! The Jack A Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy has opened additional seats for the class scheduled on November 15-17, 2016. Come learn how to interpret and apply the Virginia Rehabilitation Code to projects in the Commonwealth. In this highly interactive course, students learn by applying VRC concepts to a variety of real life situations. Don’t miss out on the last opportunity of the year to attend this highly anticipated 3-day class.

For more information or to register, visit: https://dmz1.dhcd.virginia.gov/BFR/Main/LogOn.aspx

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Webinar Coming Up: Design of Shelf Angles for Masonry Veneers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
11 a.m.-noon

Anchored masonry veneer wall systems are commonly used throughout North America in residential, commercial and institutional construction. These exterior masonry veneers are non-load-bearing and are usually assumed to be little more than an exterior finish of building envelope. Using prescriptive design methods, masonry veneer can be supported vertically by foundations for heights less than 30 feet, or supported by the building frame for taller structures. The purpose of this presentation will to present a design methodology for the vertical support of masonry veneers under the current building code provisions, especially in light of the increasing cavity width being specified for higher prescriptive insulation levels. The course is encouraged for architects, engineers, building code officials, general contractors, masons and MAMA members. Continuing Education Credit Hours will be provided. Certificates after completion of the course. The course is free to attend.

W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, PE, FASTM Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering University of Louisville

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Masonry Association (MAMA)
To register or for more information, click here: Webinar – Design of Shelf Angles for Masonry Veneers.

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NEMA Guidance for Hurricane Hermine

Torrential rains and widespread flooding are expected throughout Virginia as a result of Hurricane Hermine.  The storm is expected to continue moving northeasterly throughout the day with impacts from the storm continuing through next Wednesday.  Power outages and downed power lines should be expected.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has the information and resources you can rely on before, during and after a storm.  This includes tips for preparing your home and workplace, electrical safety during a storm and guidance on restoring your electrical systems affected by wind, rain or flooding.  Be prepared, have a plan, and stay informed.  

NEMA’s Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

NEMA’s After the Storm Strategies

NEMA’s Guidance on Downed Power Lines

NEMA’s Disaster Recovery Guidance

NEMA Evaluation Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

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ICC Call for Committees

ICC-HeaderimageICC is accepting applications for various opening in the governing committees for each of the six membership councils. In addition to the existing membership councils, there is a special call for a new council that will be known as the Emerging Leaders Membership Council. This council will focus on the needs of the next generation of code professionals, focusing on communication and interaction preferences methods.  More information can be found at http://www.iccsafe.org/membership/councils-committees/call-for-councils-and-committees/.

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