Dear Gary,

When the International Code Council was formed building officials and inspectors were intended to have the last say on the content of the codes. But it hasn’t worked out that way.

As each three-year code cycle went by, manufacturers and other special interests began submitting more and more proposed changes, changes that weren’t intended to provide minimum safeguards for families but rather to achieve their own goals, often financial in nature. Hearings got longer and more expensive. Fewer and fewer building officials and inspectors could afford the time and cost of attending lengthy hearings. At times during the final voting on the 2015 IRC as few as 15 building officials and inspectors were actually there to vote.

Representatives from state and local energy offices, environmental sustainability councils and fire services have replaced you in the voting. While each of these groups has an important role to play in the code development process, they don’t have the overall breadth of knowledge or experience you do in your role as the primary enforcer of the codes and it shows.

To help you have a voice in these important decisions and to create a more balanced code, the ICC created its new cdpACCESS program that allows you to vote without having to take two weeks to attend the hearings.