Fire, safety code change proposals expected to spark debate

Residential fire sprinklers and improved energy efficiency are just a few of the code change proposals expected to draw lively debate during the International Code Council’s Final Action Hearings at the Code Council’s 2008 Annual Conference.

Held Sept. 14-23, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, the Code Council’s Annual Conference offers you the opportunity to broaden your code knowledge and contribute to the future of building safety and fire prevention.

"Participation in the code development process leads to safer construction, saved lives and reduced property losses," said Code Council CEO Rick Weiland. "We look forward to welcoming a strong turn-out of First Preventers – code officials – along with local government officials, architects, engineers, contractors and other construction industry professionals."

To register, visit or call 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 4229. To participate as an exhibitor or sponsor, call 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 5264 or visit the International Code Council website at

The Code Council’s Annual Conference features the Final Action Hearings, Sept. 17-23, which will result in the 2009 International Codes, and gives all attendees the opportunity to voice their opinions about proposed code changes by fostering full and open participation in the Code Council’s governmental process.

Nearly 30 education sessions will be offered during Annual Conference, giving participants the opportunity to earn CEUs and LUs. Topics include hazard response, disaster mitigation, green building and more. Certification testing will be available Sept. 19-22 for residential and commercial building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspectors; fire inspectors and fire plans examiners. To pre-register for the exams, visit

The International Code Council Expo will feature more than 100 exhibitors displaying construction industry-related products and services designed to improve the built environment. A special section of the Expo is dedicated to plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas products. Exhibitors represent manufacturers, service companies, government agencies and trade associations.

Other features activities include the Code Council’s Opening Event, hosted by Target Corporation, the annual business meeting, awards luncheon, golf tournament, fun run and the Fifth Annual Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride. 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.