NAHB Accepts Seat on ICC Foundation Board
NAHB recently joined the International Code Council (ICC) Foundation's Board of Governors, becoming the first organization to announce its participation in the group. The ICC Foundation is a subsidiary of the ICC, and its Board of Governors oversees the foundation’s policy decisions.
“There is a great need in our industry to have code officials and builders work together,” said Don Pratt, who was selected by the NAHB Senior Officers to serve as the association’s representative to the board. Pratt, a member of the NAHB Construction Codes and Standards Committee and a builder from Auburn Hills, Mich., said that joining the board is “one more thing that cements the strong relationship” between NAHB and ICC.
The ICC Foundation is chaired by James Lee Witt, CEO of the ICC and former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and is organized into four segments, including the Board of Governors, International Advisory Board, International Directors and Technical Advisory Council. By accepting a seat on the Board of Governors, NAHB will be participating at the highest decision-making level of the foundation.
The foundation’s mission is to reduce the often devastating effects of natural disasters and building tragedies by promoting methods and technologies that encourage the construction of durable, sustainable buildings and homes. To achieve this mission, the foundation plans to support research and development that improves construction methods and techniques for making buildings safer.
NAHB, through its participation on the Board of Governors, will be seeking to promote research that identifies cost-effective improvements and advances in building technology to achieve this goal. Pratt says the foundation’s research can lead to new building techniques that are affordable and will improve the health and safety of homes.
The ICC Foundation also educates consumers, governments and industries about constructing stronger, safer buildings and homes and offers technical services, training and guidance to governments or organizations looking to develop or improve existing building construction standards.
For more information about NAHB’s involvement in the ICC Foundation’s Board of Governors, e-mail Ed Sutton or call him at 800-368-5242 x8564.