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Influencing Building Codes on the National, Provincial, State, and Local Levels


Influencing Building Codes on the National, Provincial, State, and Local Levels
Date: February 13, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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This live virtual webinar will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive an email to confirm enrollment in the “Influencing Building Codes on the National, Provincial, State, and Local Levels” course, which is accessible in the LearnUpon platform. The Zoom link/login information is posted within the course.

Cost: Members: Free /Nonmembers: $65.00

IIBEC members use various codes and standards in their daily work. This familiarity with model building codes has allowed IIBEC to influence and propose changes to the national model codes based on member feedback. While modifying the model codes is an efficient method at the national level, local adoptions of current codes vary widely in the United States. Delayed adoptions and local modifications have the potential to reduce stringency, but they also pose an opportunity for IIBEC members who are familiar with the local-amendment process. This webinar will give IIBEC members an introduction into the world of code development. Through this process, opportunities for proposing local amendments will be highlighted, including a recent success story related to adopting 2024 International Building Code amendments in the state of Georgia’s building code.

Knowledge Level: Introductory
Recommended Prerequisite Knowledge: None

Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Determine the dates for submission of code-change proposals for the 2027 International Code Council’s code development cycle.
2. Explain how model building codes are modified, adopted, and amended in the United States.
3. Recognize opportunities to influence code development in their local jurisdiction.
4. Restate a story of IIBEC members’ success in amending the building code in Georgia.


Emily Lorenz, PE

Emily Lorenz, PE, F-ACI, specializes in building code and standards work and advocacy, currently representing the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants as its senior director of technical services. Lorenz actively participates as vice chair of the Envelope Subcommittee developing the commercial provisions of the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and as a voting member of several committees including the 2024 IECC Commercial Committee, the Envelope Subcommittee of ASHRAE 90.1, the ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability, and the American Concrete Institute’s building code subcommittee on sustainability. She also serves as an expert to ISO TC59\SC17\WG3 Environmental Declarations of Products.

Victor C. Martin, PE

Victor Martin is a professional engineer who has been involved with many specialized roofing, waterproofing façade, and fenestration-related projects. He has approximately 10 years of experience with many different types of materials, including masonry, roofing and waterproofing, exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), fiber cement, and stucco systems. He has performed building enclosure condition assessments and storm damage assessments on numerous residential, commercial, and institutional projects. He has designed numerous roofs, waterproofing, and façade repairs and replacements. In addition to assessment and design, Martin has served as an expert on numerous high-profile building enclosure-related litigation projects.

Chris Dawkins, PE

Chris Dawkins, PE, is president of Beech Consulting Inc. (BCI) and a principal building consultant and forensics engineer with BCI and its partner firm, Engineered Solutions International LLC. He has 40-plus years of experience in building construction and civil engineering disciplines. His consulting practice is focused on building enclosures (roofs, wall claddings, and components) and forensics investigations of buildings or site systems construction. He also has practiced in facilities master planning; urban areas civil engineering design; construction phase services for new buildings and renovations to existing buildings; site grading and paving operations; and urban streetscape projects. Dawkins has practiced as a building enclosure consultant and consulting engineer since 1993, after serving in several assignments during 12 years with the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He is the past president of the IIBEC Georgia Chapter and currently serves on the IIBEC Executive Committee.

Continuing Education Credit Information

  1. This activity is approved for 1.0 IIBEC CEH.
  2. This activity has been approved 1.0 AIA LU/Elective
    AIA Program Number: BCodesW24_Live
    AIA Provider Number: G024

At the conclusion of this course and upon completion of the required survey(s), learners will be able to download a Certificate of Completion within the LearnUpon platform. Learners are responsible for self-reporting IIBEC CEH credits by uploading their Certificate of Completion to their IIBEC portal.

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