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Don’t miss your opportunity to affect the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council announced that the code change submission window has been expanded to Thursday, January 11, at midnight Pacific Time for the 2018 Group A International Codes (I-Codes). This extension from the previous January 8 deadline is intended to reduce stress following the post-holiday work rush and provide extra time to submit proposals. All proposals must be submitted through the online code development website, cdpACCESS.

The I-Codes are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and result in the highest level of building safety in the industrial world. The code change submission process marks the beginning of the ICC code development process for the 2021 I-Codes. This process takes place every three years and is open, transparent and inclusive. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the process by submitting a code change proposal, testifying at the code hearings or applying for a position with a Code Development Committee.

The Group A Codes include the International Building Code (IBC-E, IBC-FS, IBC-G); International Fire Code; International Fuel Gas Code; International Mechanical Code; International Plumbing Code; International Property Maintenance Code; International Private Sewage Disposal Code; International Residential Code (IRC-M, IRC-P); International Swimming Pool and Spa Code; International Wildland-Urban Interface Code; and International Zoning Code.

The next steps in the process are the posting of the code change agenda on Wednesday, February 28, and the Committee Action Hearings (CAH) in Columbus, Ohio, on April 15-25. The CAH offers code and fire officials, architects, builders, engineers, designers, plumbing, mechanical, and energy conservation professionals, and others an opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the Group A Codes.

Additional resources:

  • To submit a code change proposal, visit Anyone can submit a code change, but registration is required. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.
  • For more information about cdpACCESS, visit
  • For more information about the code development process, click here.
  • To register for the April Committee Action Hearings, click here.

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

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The Masonry Society’s’ (TMS) Design Practices Committee has incorporated numerous revisions to the Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (TMS 403) from its previous version published in 2013. As part of the review and approval process, TMS 403 is provided for public review and comment. To view the draft standard and to submit comments, visit:

Comments may be submitted until September 10, 2017 using the form at the link above.

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Multi-Family Wood Construction: Engineering Mid-Rise Buildings
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February 15th

Structural Stability During Construction
Matthew Pavelchak is a Project Manager within the Diagnostics Group of Walter P Moore focusing on solving issues with existing structures.

February 27th

Designing for Resilience: The Role of the Structural Engineer
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March 6th

Welding Problems and Practical Solutions
Duane K. Miller, Sc.D., P.E., Lincoln Electric, is a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections.

March 16th

CalOES Safety Assessment Program
Jason Spotts, P.E., is a civil engineer with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

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Join an NCSEA Committee

NCSEA Member Organization members may apply for NCSEA committee positions throughout the year using the Volunteer Application on Once submitted, the application will be reviewed to ensure NCSEA Member Organization membership and then forwarded to the committee chair(s) for review.

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Listen to the November 29 webinar by SEI President Andy Herrmann and SEI Young Professional Committee Chair Linda Kaplan for a review of SEI member benefits and opportunities, including special offerings for students and professionals to make the most of membership in SEI/ASCE and an update on SEI Vision for the Future of SE initiatives. View the webinar at

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Register now for P.E./S.E. Review Courses beginning February 2017! Taking the P.E. Civil, S.E., or Environmental Exam this Spring? ASCE’s Exam Review Courses take the guesswork out of your study plan and prepare you for exam day. Qualified experts deliver interactive courses that will build your confidence for exam day. You will receive access to recorded webinars and reference materials. Group rates are available for 2 or more engineers preparing in the same location. Recordings of these sessions will be available in February and March.

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After serving for five years on the STRUCTURE magazine Editorial Board as the steel industry representative, Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E., is retiring. Roger is the Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).

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