NBFAA gets a seat at the code-making table

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

IRVING, Texas--Saying they're happy to have a seat at the table, the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association announced yesterday that its president, Merlin Gilbeau, has been appointed to the International Code Council.
Gilbeau will join representatives from many other industries and companies on the ICC. The ICC develops codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.
While codes must be adopted by a city, county or state before they can be enforced, most jurisdictions that adopt codes choose codes developed by ICC said Steve Daggers, vice president of communication for ICC.
There are currently 45 states and Washington, D.C.,that use versions of ICC building codes. Its fire codes are currently used by 36 states and Washington, D.C., Daggers said.
Involving various industries in the process is important to the outcome of the codes, he said.
"The advisory board level is where the codes start. That's where industry, code enforcement, architects and engineers get an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas," he said.
NBFAA is looking forward to being involved in the process.
"We now have a seat at the table. Not only will we have a better idea what's going on with the ICC, so we can stay on top of it and convey that information to our membership, we can also bring issues that the ICC hasn't thought of to their attention," said Georgia Calaway, communications director for the NBFAA.