The 2008 ICC Codes Forum is rocking and rolling in Sunny (and somewhat raining) Palm Springs California. The codes forum is being cast via the web to provide access to anyone via the world wide web. If you have been on site or viewed during the web you have some some unique things happen over the first six days. There has been great code changes and some questionable ones. If you are new to code development here’s how it works:
A code change is submitted to the ICC to add, delete, change, or modify the current code. The code changes are listed in several manuals based on the document it will modify. The changes area heard via the appropriate committee based on the posted schedule. During the even two hearings are occurring at any given time.
If you tune into the hearings via the web-castyou can see several things occurring. First the proponent of the code change will testify based on the proposed changes. Others in support of the change will follow. Then those against will do the same. After a chance for rerebuttile, the committee will debate the change and recommend its final destination (approved, disapproved, or as-modified). The last action is if any member of the ICC wishes for a floor vote. At the codes forum anyone can vote that is an ICC member. The process is different at the final action hearings (we will provide details in the future).
The ICC process has been under much debate since over 2500 code changes were submitted. The process is up to 2 weeks as currently posted. With the amount of code change and discussion, the hearings have consistently ran long. I know that the ICC board is looking for ways to optimize the code development process and streamline some of its process. Regardless of what is happening, being a part of the process (live or via the web-cast) is a great way to understand the “intent” behind the code.
We have serveral links to some the hotter code changes in our discussion forum. Share your viewpoints for those who may vote in September. What can the ICC do to make the code hearings more effective and accessible to its membership?