The Final Action Hearings for the International Code Council begin on Wednesday September 17, 2008 in Minneapolis Minnesota. There are hundreds of code changes up for debate and approval by the governmental members. The interesting part is that the process has made the front page of many newspapers including the New York Times.
The New York Times is questioning why government agencies (GSA specifically) are questioning code changes that are based on the investigative findings born after the 9/11 tragedies. These changes are not making airplane resistant buildings, but making the super tall buildings safer for occupants to egress during an emergency.
So why are code changes now making the buzz on covers of the New York Times and why is Hillary Clinton commenting on the ICC Changes as well?
I would like to hope that the code changes are become more important to our political leaders and the public. I’m not sure if that is the reason but there are many interesting issues up for debate.
Regardless of your position it is important to understand where codes and standards come from. The ICC will be streaming the annual business meeting and the final action hearings on the web. If you are not at the hearings this week, tune in online and watch code history be made. If I can not make it to the hearings I typically have the web-cast on while I am working in the office.
Check out the web-cast and don’t forget to check back with us as we provide updates throughout the week.