ICC’s Global Connections Day addresses building codes, standards and climate change

Global Connections Day, sponsored by the International Code Council, will convene Oct. 19, in Kansas City, Mo., in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo. The theme for the day is “Building Codes, Standards and Regulations and Climate Change:  Sustainable Practices for a Changing World.”

Global Connections Day will include presentations on the challenges presented by the evolutionary process toward sustainability by assessing its impact on the role of building codes, standards, and regulations in the global marketplace.

Speakers will address the effect of regulatory change on institutions and governments throughout the world and the need for codes and standards to keep pace with the impact of real or perceived climate change.

Rebecca Laberenne, associate director, service implementation, 100 Resilient Cities Program, will provide a special presentation about the 100 Resilient Cities program, an initiative to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Speakers scheduled to speak are the following:

  • Kateri Callahan, CEO of the Alliance to Save Energy
  • James "Tim" T. Ryan, Code Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, and Presidential appointee to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors
  • Ommid Saberi, Senior Industry Specialist-Green Buildings of the IFC Climate Business Department at the World Bank
  • Wayne Trusty, a specialist in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) from Canada.
  • Ishii Akira, Assistant Director, Building and Environment Coordination Division, Housing and Architecture Bureau, City of Yokohama, Japan
  • Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance
  • Rebecca Laberenne, Associate Director, Service Implementation, 100 Resilient Cities Program—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

The final schedule of speakers and topics presented at Global Connections Day are subject to change.

Global Connections Day is free and open to the public. The luncheon is also open to the public, but is a paid event and requires pre-registration. For the latest information, visit the Global Connections Day webpage.


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