AUSTIN, TX, May 14, 2008 - The International Code Council (ICC), has become an active member of the FIATECH Streamlining Project, joining 38 other national organizations, associations and companies to work together to help state and local governments increase economic competitiveness, public safety and disaster resiliency through streamlining their regulatory processes and making greater use of information technology in their building code administration programs.
In presentations given at the FIATECH 2008 Technology Conference and Showcase held in New Orleans, March 31-April 2, 2008, by representatives from the ICC and the Streamlining Project outlined the benefits to both the public and private sector from making use of information technology (IT) to facilitate e-permitting, electronic plan review, and through acceptance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) the application of SMARTcodes to conduct automatic code checking.
In subsequent joint meetings held at ICC headquarters in Washington, D.C. in mid-April, the FIATECH Streamlining Project and the ICC SMARTcodes initiative identified a series of joint activities to support the above objectives. These projects include ICC joining FIATECH in the acceptance of an invitation from the AGC BIMForum to bring personnel from state and local building regulatory agencies into the Forum to enable the construction community and building regulators to mutually understand ways that building data can be used to facilitate design, construction, and occupancy of better, safer buildings in a more timely fashion. Among the processes that can benefit from BIM data and SMARTcodes are design review, product approvals, inspections and commissioning of buildings.
Other cooperative efforts between the FIATECH Streamlining Project and the ICC include:
The objective of the FIATECH Streamlining Project is to improve regulatory efficiency by developing and deploying tools and techniques for jurisdictions to use to accept digital documents for permitting and approval to enable our nation to build “faster, better, safer and at less cost.”
Among its current projects are:
The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org.