2016 annual report

Building Safety Month promotes safe, sustainable structures
Building Safety Month, founded by the International Code Council, is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May. This public awareness campaign is designed to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 63,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.

Week One: Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals

The construction industry is experiencing a mass retirement of skilled professionals; one study indicates that over the next 15 years the industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce. Employers are seeking qualified building trade professionals to fill the positions of retiring employees and will be vying to hire the best of the best to reinforce their decreasing workforce. Trained professionals are needed in the building industry to prevent a major job shortage in the workforce.

In addition to learning about construction, engineering and architecture, the future workforce needs to become knowledgeable about the building codes to ensure the very best, resilient buildings. ICC and industry partners are providing training and mentoring about the latest design, technology and innovations in the codes through high schools, colleges and career training programs.

High School Technical Training Program

ICC has created the High School Technical Training Program to provide schools with a framework to help students understand how codes and regulations are used in the design and construction of residential, commercial, federal and military facilities. Schools participating in the HSTTP provide students with up-to-date code knowledge and technical code training that fits hand in hand with practical training leading to a skilled workforce.