[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18321-18322]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06909]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


International Code Council: The Update Process for the 
International Codes and Standards

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The International Code Council (ICC), promulgator of the 
International Codes and Standards, maintains a process for updating the 
entire family of International Codes based on receipt of proposals from 
interested individuals and organizations involved in the construction 
industry as well as the general public. The codes are updated every 
three years.
    The purpose of this notice is to increase public participation in 
the system used by ICC to develop and maintain its codes and standards. 
The publication of this notice by the National Institute of Standards 
and Technology (NIST) on behalf of ICC is being undertaken as a public 
service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any 
of the codes or standards referenced in the notice.

DATES: The date of the next Committee Action Hearings is April 21-30, 
2013 in Dallas, TX at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. This will be followed 
by the Public Comment Hearings October 2, 2013 in Atlantic City, New 
Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

ADDRESSES: Committee Action Hearings in Dallas, TX at the Sheraton 
Dallas Hotel and the Public Comment Hearings in Atlantic City, New 
Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Pfeiffer, PE, Deputy SVP, 
Technical Services,4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, 
Illinois 60478; Telephone 888-ICC-SAFE, Extension 4338. David F. 
Alderman, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 
email: david.alderman@nist.gov or by phone at 301-975-4019.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    ICC produces the only family of Codes and Standards that are 
comprehensive, coordinated, and necessary to regulate the built 
environment. Federal agencies frequently use these codes and standards 
as the basis for developing Federal regulations concerning new and 
existing construction.
    This is the second year of ICC's three year cycle. The fifteen 
International Codes are updated on a three year cycle where each code 
is updated in a specific year. In this current three year cycle, 5 
codes were updated in 2012, 9 will be updated in 2013 and one will be 
updated in 2014. Completion of this cycle results in the 2015 edition 
of the International Codes which are scheduled to be published in the 
first half of 2014. For detailed information on the 2012/2013/2014 
Cycle, including a list of codes to be updated and in which cycle, go 
to: http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/codes/Web pages/cycle.aspx.
    The Code Development Process is initiated when proposals from 
interested persons, supported by written data, views, or arguments are 
solicited and published in the Code Change Agenda document. This 
document is posted a minimum of 30 days in advance of the Committee 
Action Hearing serves as the agenda.
    At the Committee Action Hearing, the ICC Code Development Committee 
considers testimony on every proposal and acts on each one individually 
(Approval, Disapproval, or Approval as Modified). The results are 
published in a report entitled the Report of the Committee Action 
Hearing, which identifies the disposition of each proposal and the 
reason for the committee's action. Anyone wishing to submit a comment 
on the committee's action, expressing support or opposition to the 
action, is provided the opportunity to do so. Comments received are 
published and distributed in a document called the Public Comment 
Agenda which serves as the agenda for the second hearing called the 
Public Comment Hearing. As part of ICC's Governmental Consensus 
Process, at the Public Comment Hearing, only ICC's Governmental Members 
are permitted to vote as they have no vested interest other than 
health, safety and welfare in the enforcement of the code. Proposals 
which are approved at the Public Comment Hearing are incorporated in 
the subsequent Edition, with the next cycle starting with the submittal 
deadline for proposals.
    International Code Council, 4051 W Flossmoor Road, Country Club 
Hills, Illinois 60478; or download a copy from the ICC Web site noted 
previously.
    The International Codes and Standards consist of the following:

ICC Codes

    International Building Code.
    International Energy Conservation Code.
    International Existing Building Code.
    International Fire Code.
    International Fuel Gas Code.
    International Green Construction Code.
    International Mechanical Code.
    ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities.
    International Plumbing Code.
    International Private Sewage Disposal Code.
    International Property Maintenance Code.
    International Residential Code.
    International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
    International Wildland-Urban Interface Code.
    International Zoning Code.

ICC Standards

    ICC A 117.1: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.
    ICC 300: Standard on Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating and 
Grandstands.
    ICC 400: Standard on the Design and Construction of Log Structures.
    ICC 500: ICC/NSSA Standard on the Design and Construction of Storm 
Shelters.
    ICC 600: Standard for Residential Construction in High Wind 
Regions.
    ICC 700: National Green Building Standard
    The maintenance process for ICC Standards such as ICC A117.1 
follows a similar process of soliciting proposals, committee action, 
public comment and ultimately the update and publication of the 
standard. ICC's Standard development process meets ANSI requirements 
for standard's development.


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    Dated: March 21, 2013.
Willie E. May,
Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2013-06909 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]
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