Tag: advocacy

Bob Card Testifies Before Washington State Legislature on Code Council Process Bill

February 01, 2024

Bob Card, F-IIBEC, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, REWO, and former IIBEC president, testified January 30, 2024, before a Washington state House committee in support of legislation that would streamline the State Building Code Council’s process for considering new model codes. In mid-January IIBEC identified a pair of fast-moving bills pending before the Washington state legislature—SB 6291 and HR 2465—that would improve how the code council works and therefore increase the probability that the state would update its codes on a regular basis, a policy position IIBEC supports. IIBEC teamed with its Puget Sound Chapter to send a letter endorsing  SB 6291 to Washington’s State Government & Elections Committee, which was scheduled to hold a January 26 hearing on the bill.

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Department of Labor Expands Injury, Illness Reporting Requirement for Certain Large Employers

December 10, 2023

The Department of Labor recently announced a new rule that requires large employers in high-hazard industries like construction to electronically submit injury and illness data. The final rule takes effect January 1, 2024. Specifically, the rule requires businesses with 100 or more employees in designated industries to submit case-specific information from the OSHA Form 300 Log and the OSHA Form 301 Incident Report. The data must be electronically submitted through OSHA's Injury Tracking Application. (Determine if your company is required to report these data and read more about recordkeeping and the injury tracking application.)

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North Carolina Republicans Override Veto of Bill Overhauling Construction Code Commission

August 25, 2023

On August 16, 2023, North Carolina Republicans flexed their legislative supermajority muscles and created six new laws by overriding Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s vetoes of those bills. Of the six bills, House Bill 488 reformed the way construction codes are developed. H.B. 488, backed by the North Carolina Home Builders Association, was opposed by many other construction, design, safety, and environmental organizations. IIBEC sent a letter to every member of the North Carolina legislature urging them to let the veto stand and take up the reform effort again in the next session.

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IIBEC Expresses Appreciation to Washington’s Building Code Council for Improved Secondary Drainage Requirements

August 17, 2023

By John Boling In an August 16 letter to Washington’s State Building Code Council, IIBEC Executive Vice President and CEO Brian Pallasch joined with IIBEC Puget Sound Chapter Vice President Darbi Krumpos to express appreciation for including more robust requirements for design of secondary drainage in a package of expedited rules expected to go into […]

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IIBEC Testimony Calls for Changes to Bill Promoting Solar-Panel Installation at Schools

July 19, 2023

On July 17, 2023, IIBEC submitted to a Massachusetts state legislative panel testimony recommending changes to a bill under consideration that would promote installing solar panels on the roofs of eligible schools. The bill, S. 2127, was the subject of a hearing by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. The proposed legislation would create the Healthy and Sustainable Schools Office, which would coordinate an energy audit of all public schools and then, based on the metrics in the bill, implement the recommended energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems on or near school property.

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IIBEC Joins Coalition Pushing to Allow 529 Plan Funds to Pay for Credential Programs

July 14, 2023

In June, IIBEC became a founding member of the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition, which advocates for economic development policy that would strengthen the workforce now and in the future. Organized by the American Society of Association Executives, the coalition’s efforts will focus on building support for the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (S. 722 / H.R. 1477), which would allow students, workers, and families to use their 529 savings plans for costs associated with obtaining and maintaining postsecondary credentials, such as licenses and nongovernmental certifications.

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Roofing Industry Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Career and Technical Education

June 22, 2023

Earlier this month IIBEC joined with our roofing industry colleagues to call on the US Congress to provide more funding for career and technical education in the states. On June 8, 2023, 11 roofing industry associations signed a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to support a robust increase in funding for Perkins State Grants for career and technical education (CTE).

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IIBEC Helps Restore QBS Intent for Architect and Engineering Design Work in Alabama

June 16, 2023

When a coalition working to restore qualifications-based selection (QBS) requirements for architects and engineers needed support – IIBEC got the call.  To help the effort, IIBEC sent a letter on June 6, 2023, asking Alabama legislators to concur with Governor Kay Ivey’s executive amendment to restore Senate Bill 309 to its original intent of requiring the qualifications-based selection (QBS) process for the procurement of architectural and engineering design services. The successful effort concluded when each chamber concurred with the governor’s request, thus clearing the legislation for her signature.

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Canadian Government Allocates Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions

June 02, 2023

On May 29, 2023, Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s minister of natural resources, and Scott Pearce, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, announced more than $900,000 for six feasibility studies through the Green Municipal Fund’s (GMF) Community Buildings Retrofit initiative to help cities and towns across Ontario find the best approach to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at municipally owned buildings.

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