If it’s a building code, there’s a good chance this council is behind it.
Number of members: 64,000-plus
Member breakdown: ICC’s membership consists of code officials, plan reviewers, fire officials, inspectors, architects, engineers, contractors, other building industry professionals and students.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Number of active sites: 6 locations (Birmingham, Ala.; Brea, Calif.; Country Club Hills, Ill.; Lenexa, Kan.; Rochester, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.)
Key Services offered: Technical, educational and informational products and services, including evaluation services, accreditation services, codification and content management services, code application assistance, education programs, certification programs, technical handbooks and workbooks, plan review services, digital products, online magazines and newsletters, and building safety career assistance.
Mission statement: To provide the highest-quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.
The International Code Council (ICC) is a member-focused association with more than 64,000 members. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.
ICC was established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model building codes. The founders of ICC are the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). Prior to the Code Council, these nonprofit organizations developed three separate sets of model codes used throughout the U.S. The three model code groups came together to create the International Code Council to develop codes without regional limitations—the International Codes (I-Codes), now the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.
The Code Council created the Sustainability Membership Council to advocate for concerns and issues related to sustainability. Builders, design professionals, industry, policymakers, regulators and other professionals assist ICC in increasing participation in the code development process and to advise on programs and policies, legislative matters, code adoption issues and other related issues.
ICC also has a Sustainability, Energy, and High Performance Code Action Committee (SEHPCAC), which is a forum to deal with complex technical issues ahead of the code development process, to identify emerging issues, and to draft proposed code changes of importance to the ICC membership.