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1 Setting up Your Codes Advocacy Program 280 Plaza, Columbus, Ohio CBRE

2 Agenda >Importance of strong codes advocacy program >Changes in ICC voting procedures >What’s at stake for CRE? Highlights of 2013 process >Establishing a strong local codes voice >Key steps to implementing your program >BOMA International Tool Kit and other resources

3 Codes 101 >Model building codes developed through consensus process by the International Codes Council 3 year development cycle for ICC MODEL codes BOMA International’s codes team influences this process With coming changes to ICC’s voting protocol, local associations will need to get more involved! >States/Jurisdictions adopt model codes locally Local BOMA associations can influence this process!

4 Two Shots at Affecting Change Codes Advocacy During Development of Codes During Adoption of Codes

5 ICC Voting Protocol >Upcoming changes: Remote Voting Now Permitted at ICC Hearings >Who can vote? All ICC Designated Voting Officials – i.e. Building Code Officials, Fire Marshall, Health Official, Zoning Official >What does this mean for BOMA? BOMA will need to ensure that ICC’s voting members understand the issues at hand, and understand the potential impact of the issues on commercial real estate. To do this effectively, we need to begin immediately to build relationships with ICC voting members. An active grassroots will be our key to success!

6 Our Ask: Create a Codes Committee or expand the goals of your GR Committee to include codes advocacy Create and maintain active participation in codes advocacy from your membership Increase the name recognition of BOMA before codes development bodies and local codes officials Influence development of building codes at the national level, and implementation of building codes at the state/local level Establishing a Strong Local Codes Voice

7 The Plan >Keep it simple >Set reasonable (and achievable) goals >Clearly state and communicate these goals >Build on your successes >Communicate your successes (as well as incremental progress) >BOMA International will provide the tools!

8 Key Steps: Codes Committee Establish Codes Committee (or expand scope of GR Committee) >Carefully select your committee chairs and members –Believers, Leaders, Doers >Draft policy positions >Monitor codes & standards activities at the state & local level >Represent BOMA by attending and participating in public hearings, building department meetings, code official association meetings, etc.

9 Key Steps: Codes Committee Outreach to decision makers >Develop a contact list of relevant code officials, starting with the ‘Chief’ officials and working down from there >Reach out to officials to start relationship building See the Communicating with your Bldg Officials Cheat Sheet >Add officials to your mailing lists to receive BOMA updates >Invite codes personnel to be Ex Officio (non-voting) members of the committee >THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU BEFORE WE NEED THEIR VOTE!

10 Key Steps: Advocating During Development of Model Building Code >The game changes in 2014 with ICC moving to the ICC cdpAccess System >Code Officials will be able to vote remotely and will have up to two weeks, after the live vote, to do so >Number of officials casting votes will probably increase by TEN FOLD >Local relationships with code officials will now be TEN TIMES AS IMPORTANT >BOMA-supported voting recommendations will be crucial

11 Key Steps: Advocating During Development of Model Building Code >Partner with other local building associations (AIA, NAHB, National Multi-Housing Council) to: -Jointly offer informational presentations on ICC cdpAccess (BOMA International is working with ICC to gather training materials on this subject) -Jointly offer information on code change proposals of concern (BOMA International will provide this info. to you) -Use the time to solicit information from local officials about what their current concerns are and how BOMA and other strategic partners can help to develop better codes >More information on the ICC Code Development Process is included in the Tool Kit

12 Key Steps: Advocating During Development of Model Building Code Tools BOMA International will provide: >ICC Primary Voters Spreadsheet (Please note this is a starting point. BOMA Int’l will attempt to build a more comprehensive list, BUT each local is responsible for growing their contact list). >Voting Recommendations (these will be available once BOMA International reviews submitted codes proposals)

13 Key Steps: Advocating During State/Local Adoption of Building Code >After the code has been developed, voted on, and published, state and local jurisdictions still have to go about the arduous task of adopting the code >This process almost always involves amendments to alter the code to the jurisdiction’s liking >This is the ‘second shot’ at affecting what ultimately building owners & managers will have to comply with

14 Key Steps: Advocating During State/Local Adoption of Building Code Code Adoption Can occur at the state or local level in one of two ways: >Directly through legislative action (state level) >By regulatory action through state or local agencies

15 Adoption Process State Building, Energy, Fire, etc. Office State Appointed Council or Committee Local Building Officials City CouncilMayor Proposal Undergoes Public Review Process Results are incorporated into the proposal Approving Authority Reviews Legislation or Regulation After Filed or Approved, Code Becomes Law

16 Key Steps: Advocating During State/Local Adoption of Building Code Tools BOMA International will provide: >Sample policy positions >Sample amendments

17 Parting Thoughts >You’re really never “done” with advocacy. It’s an ongoing process, and people will rotate in and out of your sphere of influence as issues change and people in government move on. >Building relationships and a structure to stay in touch with important government leaders (elected and non-elected) is what is important to put into place, and to constantly nurture that relationship. >BOMA International will provide the tools to help you manage this process and put a solid codes advocacy program in place. >Together, we can make this process work!

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