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AIA Advocacy @ Convention: Codes Events


By Stephanie Spear, Manager, Building Codes Policy

From June 20 to 22, thousands of AIA members will be descending on Denver, CO for the 2013 AIA Convention. How will you make a difference for your community while you are there? By attending one of the AIA Advocacy events! Over the next few weeks, we will be outlining these events in greater detail. Next to be featured are the codes events.

If you are planning to come to the AIA Convention this year, please make time to attend some of the codes-related education and networking events.

    Thursday June 20 – EV209 6 pm-8 pm, Architects in Advocacy and Public Service Reception. This networking reception is jointly hosted by AIA Government & Community Relations, Architecture for Humanity, and Public Architecture in recognition of architects who represent the profession by serving the public good. Thanks to partnerships between these organizations, AIA members have more opportunities than ever to become civically engaged and make a difference through the design community. Any convention attendee with an interest in public service, grassroots activism, codes advocacy, or disaster assistance is encouraged to attend.

    Thursday June 20 – TH214 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Permit Streamlining: Architects in a Leadership Role. With building and planning review staff cuts of up to 80 percent in jurisdictions across the country, it has become an increasing challenge to conduct permit processing that is more timely, efficient, and transparent—without compromise to public safety. Architects are in an excellent position to help their local jurisdictions find and vet streamlining methods that are locally appropriate. The result, when successful, is a win-win: the community, profession, and city government all benefit from stimulated economic development, good jobs, and higher-performing buildings. This program will give attendees the knowledge to join the conversations and take a leadership role in vetting, implementing, and fine-tuning permit streamlining.

    Friday June 21 – FR404 6 pm- 7 pm, The 2012 IgCC in Practice. The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been out for a year. What does that mean for practitioners? This seminar will explore the various opportunities and challenges that architects face in working with the 2012 IgCC. Using information and feedback collected from members and other building industry groups, this session will look at how the landscape of architecture practice has changed since the code's publication. What is the IgCC really like to work with, from the architects' perspective?

    The session will also explore the realities of practicing under the 2012 IgCC, especially in terms of liability and the potential for additional services. Participants will learn how firms of different sizes are dealing with the code and navigating new relationships with code officials.

    Finally, the session will address myths versus facts in what it means for communities to adopt the 2012 IgCC. How are communities responding to the code? How many communities have adopted the code, and what has that been like? Where are opportunities for architects to get engaged in the adoption process in their communities?


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