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Standards adoption has become an integral part of ACI’s mission: “…as a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development dissemination and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational and training programs, certification programs…”
The United States does not have a national building code.
Authorities having jurisdictions (AHJ) over the development and enforcement of building codes tend to be: states, counties, and municipalities. Most AHJs develop their respective building codes with only a few modifications to nationally developed model codes. There are three major model building code development organizations:
In the United States authorities having jurisdictions (AHJ) over the development and enforcement of building codes tend to be: states, counties, and municipalities.
Most AHJs develop their respective building codes with only a few modifications to nationally developed model codes. There are opportunities to incorporate ACI developed criteria as modifications to the codes being adopted by the AHJ. This requires engagement in the code development processes of the respective AHJs. In addition, the success of major changes or new criteria proposed to the model codes often requires early adoption by proactive AHJs. It is also qualified state and local officials voting on the final action of proposed changes to the International Code Council model codes. Having a relationship with these individuals, where ACI through its volunteer membership is established as a resource, is invaluable for both state and local adoptions and model code development. Activities related to state and local code adoption tend to rely heavily on the willingness of ACI members volunteering to serve as champions working directly with state and local officials.
Resources to Understanding International Adoptions
Industry articles focused on ACI Code Adoption
ACI Code Advocacy—U.S.
ACI Code Advocacy—International
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