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ICC, NAHB, NMHC Will Initiate Safety Review
May 13, 2014

International Code Council (ICC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) members, stakeholders and others with technical expertise in the built environment will come together to review fires in buildings under construction that recently caused severe property damage and personal injury. The initiative will seek to identify causes and publish its findings to provide an opportunity for code and fire officials, architects, engineers, builders, construction workers, manufacturers and others to collaborate on recommendations for prevention, mitigation and safety.

Using a roundtable, open discussion format, participants will meet on July 31 for a day-long session at the ICC Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., and deliver its findings by Sept. 15. Retired California State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman will be the moderator. Interested participants can get details by calling 888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 6235.

“We have noted a series of recent fires that have struck buildings under construction,” said ICC Board President Stephen Jones, CBO. “Once we identify common causes, participants will explore strategies so the building industry might prevent or mitigate the primary causes of these incidents.”

Roundtable participants will review the official report of cause for major under construction fires as determined by the local investigating fire and/or building department or any other official agency. The group also will work with site owners and contractors to examine the relevant information about each incident in developing any recommendations for improving safety at construction sites.

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