NBN Online for the week of May 16, 2005

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In This Issue:

Front Page
Builders Seek Timely OSHA Citations and Other Reforms
Will You Be the Next Winner of a Digital Camera?
New Southern Nevada Homes Embrace Water Conservation
Coast to Coast
Developer Tactics to Avoid Housing Bust
Economics & Finance
Home Buyers Opt for Upscale Smaller Homes
Builder Confidence on Home Sales Holding Strong
Business Management
What Do You Need From Your Estimating Software?
Seniors Housing
A Holistic Approach to Wellness for CCRCs
Little Consolidation Seen in Remodeling Industry
Ohio Remodeler Named Remodelor™ of the Month
Education Calendar
New Roadless Rule Lets States Choose Forest Protection
Career Staffer New EPA Administrator
Building Quality
Pulte, KB Home Divisions Earn Quality Certification
Deadline for Housing Quality Award Application Nears
Workforce housing
2006 Workforce Housing Awards Open
Workers Make Hard Choices to Pay for Housing
Housing Costs Get Tougher Still for Working Families
ICC to Guide Mexican Codes and Standards Update
Student Chapter Opens at Acosta Job Corps Center
Building Products
Custom Sell Sheets Present Door Glass Upgrades
Builder's Engineer
Good Lawyer — Bad Lawyer
NAHB-Produced Shows on HGTV & DIY — This Week
Research Center Seeks Land Development Expert
Association News
Customize Your Computer’s Cursor With the NBN ‘Hammer’
Tsunami Relief at Almost $350,000
GM Discount Available on More Than 80 Vehicles
Calendar of Events

ICC to Guide Mexican Codes and Standards Update

The International Code Council (ICC) has signed an agreement with Mexico’s National Commission of Housing Development to help the country’s government develop a residential building code.

The I-Codes that have been developed by the ICC will provide a guide for the creation of new codes and standards in Mexico.

“The Mexican government has a long-term plan to update its construction standards to include the safest techniques, materials and technologies,” said James Lee Witt, the ICC’s chief executive officer and a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Witt added that the I-Codes, which are already enforced in thousands of U.S. jurisdictions, will provide residents of Mexico with “safe, affordable and comfortable housing.”

Carlos Gutierrez Ruiz, the national commissioner of Housing Development for Mexico, said the agreement would help promote quality and safety in Mexico’s residential buildings and will help support efforts to bolster the nation’s housing supply under the government’s Housing Sector Program.

The agreement was signed during the ICC’s observance of Building Safety Week on May 8-14, which encouraged building departments across America and around the world to promote the use, enforcement and importance of building safety and fire prevention codes.

Rita Feinberg, NAHB's international executive director, attended the signing of the agreement. NAHB works closely with CONAFOVI on various efforts established in collaboration with Mexico's housing sector under the Department of Commerce-supported Access Mexico initiative.

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BuilderBooks.com has the newly released "2004 Supplement to the International Codes" to help bring you up to date. This supplement, the first one published under the International Codes Council’s (ICC’s) new 18-month code development cycle, includes all the approved changes to the 2003 edition based on the 2003-2004 cycle and is the first step towards the publication of the 2006 edition. To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

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