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Member Alert: We need you to contact ICC members in your community
Friday, May 16, 2014

Member Alert

Flood hazard area preservation and limitation on fill is up for ICC Assembly vote!

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is an optional building code that communities can adopt that includes sustainability measures for construction projects. Communities can elect to adopt portions of IgCC that best fit the needs of their community to become and be called a “green” or more sustainable community.

One section of the IgCC focuses specifically on construction in the floodplain. The Association of State Floodplain Managers recently worked with EPA and FEMA in preparing some proposed revisions to the floodplain portion of the IgCC. One of the proposals submitted limits the use of fill to support slab-on-grade foundations for new buildings and structures and substantial improvements. ASFPM testified in support of this standard, underlined below, at the recent Committee Action Hearing in Memphis, Tenn.

402.2.3 Flood hazard area preservation, limitation on fill.  Where this section is indicated to be applicable in Table 302.1, use of fill to support slab-on-grade foundations for new buildings and structures and substantial improvements shall not be permitted.

The approval of a consensus standard under the IgCC is a four step process:

1. Committee approval. This proposed revision was recently approved by the ICC Code Development Committee.

2. Assembly Approval. From May 19-30, all ICC members will have an opportunity to vote on this proposal. A simple majority is needed to pass.

3.  Public Comment Period. If the Assembly approves the revision, a public comment period will open this summer.

4.  Final Vote. Only ICC Government Member Representatives can vote.   

 ASFPM is asking for your help in getting Assembly Approval for standard 402.2.3 and is urging you to contact ICC members in your community to voice support for this proposal ASAP! In order for the IgCC to truly be a “green” construction code, this optional provision provides communities a mechanism to help protect the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplains in their community.

For more information, contact Alan Lulloff, ASFPM’s Science Services program director, at (608) 828-6341 or alan@floods.org.





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