International Code Council Enters US Trade and Investment Strategic Partnership

Glass Magazine
March 4, 2019
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

Left to right: Code Council Vice President Judy Zakreski
and U.S. Commercial Service Foreign Service Officer
Cody Dietrich.

The International Code Council entered into a formal strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) to raise awareness of international standards in construction that are required across the globe. With the shared goals of promoting the use of U.S. building codes and standards and ensuring worldwide public safety in construction and infrastructure, the partnership will encourage global use of the International Codes, I-Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world. 

ITA’s Strategic Partner designation is given to entities that have demonstrated the willingness and ability to work across ITA’s network to achieve the goal of export promotion.

The Code Council frequently serves as the voice of the U.S. building safety and regulatory community in international dialogues and is expanding its global footprint, says the organization, positioning the Code Council to contribute to the advancement of ITA’s mission. Under this agreement, the Code Council will continue to collaborate with ITA on several global trade initiatives in the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia, as well as to facilitate transparency and harmonization in codes and standards that impact the built environment.

“With our redefined focus on our global strategy, this new strategic partnership is not only exciting, but it will help us achieve our goals to reach beyond code adoption to help countries successfully implement a cohesive building safety system to achieve a safer built environment,” says Dominic Sims, CBO, Code Council CEO. “At the same time, we will leverage our expertise and international expansion efforts to help U.S. exporters and standards developers in the construction industry to access opportunities overseas.”

The Code Council will soon roll out a Global Building Codes Tool to provide ITA clients with information about the building codes used around the world in one easy-to-access webpage. The tool, scheduled for release in March, will assist U.S. exporters in understanding the building requirements in their target markets.