WTCA's exec. director to serve on the International Building Code's structural committee

MADISON, Wis. , November 15, 2007 (press release) – On October 27, WTCA was pleased to receive a letter from the International Codes Council asking Executive Director Kirk Grundahl to again serve on the International Building Code (IBC) Structural Committee from January 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. Grundahl also served on this committee for the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 Code Development Cycles.

“I’ve always thought that involvement with the ICC was great. It gives our industry a voice,” stated WTCA President Bob Becht of Chambers Truss, Inc. “Since this is our third consecutive appointment it is just further evidence of what great work WTCA is doing to benefit and speak for our industry.”

“In the early 2000s WTCA created a committee to get more engaged in the code development activity. Given our observation that there was at times a misunderstanding of the roles of the structural building components industry within the built construction environment, there was a real need for us to be represented in the process,” stated WTCA Engineering and Technology chair Bob Dayhoff of Shelter System, Ltd. “This has led to our working with a wide array of code development groups and has grown into a greater understanding of the code development process. The learning that takes place has made this an invaluable WTCA activity.”

WTCA's Engineering & Technical Committee was organized to advise and offer direction concerning technical matters in standards, policy, code enforcement and truss industry concerns. The committee works together with the Truss Plate Institute and its Technical Advisory Committee as well as code-writing and standards-setting organizations. These collaborative efforts have been successful in bringing instruction and clarity to many industry issues.

ICC Committees are the foundation upon which the system of the ICC International Codes (“I-Codes”), standards and related services are built. This appointment reflects the IBC Council’s expectation and belief that WTCA’s participation will make a significant contribution to the success of the committee. Working with the ICC committees and having a voice from within, has helped the structural building components industry correct issues and foster relationships to benefit our customers and the end users of our products. The WTCA membership benefits from the knowledge gained by our progress on all fronts.
The 2008 Code Development Hearings are scheduled for February 18 – March 2 in Palm Springs, CA. For more information about WTCA’s involvement with this committee, please email or call 608/274-4849.

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