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The ICC Pulse Podcast is a monthly podcast that offers listeners the inside scoop on the International Code Council and the building safety industry. Episodes of the ICC Pulse Podcast will feature interviews with leading industry experts where we will discuss a wide range of topics including current events and new technologies.

Episode Date
Episode 19: Chicago Code Adoptions

This month Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations Sara Yerkes interviews Commissioner Judith Frydland and Deputy Commissioner Grant Ullrich of the Chicago Department of Buildings.  The guest discuss the exciting recent code developments in the City of Chicago. 

Episode length: 00:24:24

Aug 21, 2019
Episode 18:Fire Service Membership Council

In this episode, Code Council Vice President of Fire and Disaster Mitigation Karl Fippinger interviews members of the ICC Fire Service Membership Council Randy Metz and Gary West. The guest discus the membership council, its new Ad Hoc committee and new building construction and fire safety technologies. 

Episode length: 00:23:43

Jul 24, 2019
SPECIAL: Seismic Activity & the Searles Valley Earthquake

In this special edition episode, we are joined by special guest Ken O’Dell, S.E. who is a California Structural Engineer, the President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and a Principal of California based MHP Structural Engineers. In light of the Searles Valley Earthquakes, O’Dell discusses his work related to seismic activity and shares insight on seismic design provisions in the building code.


Episode length: 00:20:31

Jul 22, 2019
Episode 17: Major Jurisdiction Committee

In this episode, we interview Wendy Wan from the New York City Department of Buildings and Terry Whitehill, Portland Oregon’s Building Official. Both are members of the Code Council's Major Jurisdiction Committee. Each guest shares information about the committee, as well as the initiatives of their respective jurisdictions.

Jun 19, 2019
SPECIAL EDITION: Securing Clean & Abundant Water

RESTalk Host Bill Spohn interviews RESNET Program Director Ryan Meres and Code Council Executive Director of Sustainability Programs Dave Walls for this special ICC and RESNET collaboration episode for Building Safety Month. The guests discuss the new water ratings standard, water efficiency and conservation.


Episode length: 00:19:08

May 13, 2019
Episode 15: Career Path to Master Code Professional

This month we are joined by David Naples, a building code official for Remington & Vernick Engineers in Middletown, Delaware. Since 2006, David has been a Master Code Professional, the highest level of Code Council certification. In this episode, we discuss Dave’s career path to MCP certification.


Episode length: 00:14:39

Apr 17, 2019
Episode 14: Interior Design & The Codes

In this month's episode, we discuss codes and interior design with American Society of Interior Designers CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID.

Episode Length: 00:19:17

Mar 20, 2019
Episode 13: The Global Standards Community

Code Council Vice President of Global Services Judy Zakreski appears as the guest host for Episode 13 of the ICC Pulse Podcast. ASTM International President Katharine Morgan joins Judy for a conversation about global standards. With more than three decades of experience in increasingly strategic and managerial roles at ASTM, Kathie is a respected industry leader and one of the world's prominent voices on standardization-related issues.  


Episode length: 00:28:37

Feb 28, 2019
Episode 12: Federal Government Update

In this month’s episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast, Code Council Vice President of Federal Relations Gabe Maser gives an update on the federal government after the 2018 midterm elections. Gabe shares insight on the federal government’s involvement with the codes, various legislative agendas related to the built environment and what to expect from the 116th Congress.


Episode Length: 11 min. 41 sec.

Jan 23, 2019
Episode 11: Building a Career in Plumbing

Code Council Senior Director of PMG Resources Lee Clifton appears as the guest host for episode 11 of the ICC Pulse Podcast. Clifton's former trainee Damon Premer joins for a conversation about building a career in plumbing. Premer has worked in the plumbing trade for 32 years and is a senior project executive at All Area Plumbing in Commerce, Calif. 

Dec 19, 2018
SPECIAL: Hoarding & The Codes

In this special edition episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast we are joined by Matt Paxton, top hoarding expert and featured cleaner on the hit television show HOARDERS. Matt, who served as our keynote speaker at this year's Annual Conference in Richmond, Va., shares his expertise about a topic that is inextricably linked to building safety, fire prevention and the codes.



Nov 26, 2018
Episode 10: The Alliance for National and Community Resilience

Code Council Vice President of Government Relations and Executive Director for the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) Justin Wiley appears as the guest host and resilience prevention expert and ANCR Board of Directors member Ryan Colker joins him for a conversation about ANCR.

Ryan is also the Vice President of the National Institute of Building Sciences where he leads the Institute’s efforts to improve the built environment through collaboration of public and private sectors. He shares his resilience expertise and insight on the ANCR’s first benchmark focused on buildings.

Nov 14, 2018
Episode 9: Tiny Homes & Code Enforcement

Chief Building Official for Davis, California, Greg Mahoney joins us this month to share industry insight on the new phenomenon of tiny homes, including the challenges these homes present to code officials and the overall impact on housing affordability. Greg also explains Appendix Q of the 2018 International Residential Code which covers tiny home requirements. 

Episode Duration: 00:21:58

Oct 17, 2018
Episode 8: Welcoming the New Generation of Building Safety Leaders

Recent Boise High School graduate Therese Etoka joins us for this month's episode to share her story about her advocacy for code adoption in Boise. 

Sep 19, 2018
Episode 7: Plumbing Cross-Connection Control Programs

Code Council Senior Director of PMG Resources Lee Clifton appears as the guest host for episode 7 of the ICC Pulse Podcast. Backflow prevention specialist Bruce Rathburn joins Lee for a conversation about plumbing cross-connection control programs. Bruce is the past president of his local chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) and the immediate past president of the ABPA International.

Episode Duration: 00:08:34

Aug 22, 2018
Episode 6: From Military to Civilian ft. Sergeant First Class Mike Reese

This month's episode explore the transition from the military to civilian life. Currently a code services officer in Manhattan, KS, Sergeant First Class Mike Reese joins us to share the fascinating story of his journey from the Army to the world of building safety.

Episode Duration: 00:14:35

Additional resources

ICC Military Families Career Path Program

ICC Learning Center


Jul 18, 2018
Episode 5: ft Mike Pfeiffer & Ed Wirtschoreck

In this episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast, ICC's Senior Vice President of Technical Service Mike Pfeiffer joins as our guest host.  He and special guest Ed Wirtschoreck, ICC Director of Codes, share a comprehensive recap of the Spring Committee Action Hearings that took place in Columbus, Ohio from April 15-23, 2018. 

Episode Duration: 00:27:22

More resources

Five takeaways from the Committee Action Hearings

2018 Annual Conference and Group A Public Hearings


Jun 20, 2018
Episode 4: Legionella & Building Water Systems

In this month's episode, the Code Council interviewed Dr. Janet Stout, a world-renowned expert on Legionella and Legionnaire’s disease. Dr. Stout, president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh and a research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, talks about the dangers of Legionella, where it’s most prevalent and how those at risk can protect themselves.

Episode Duration: 00:14:55

May 18, 2018
Episode 3 ft. FEMA's Eric Letvin & John Ingargiola

In this month’s episode we welcome two guests from the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Eric Letvin, FEMA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator of Mitigation and John Ingargiola, Lead Physical Scientist of FEMA’s Building Science Branch join us to discuss pre-disaster mitigation, a prevalent topic after the series of tragic natural disasters in 2017. 

Episode Duration: 00:24:14

Related article: IBHS selects Roy Wright as new CEO and President 

Additional resources:

Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program  

Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program


Apr 18, 2018
Episode 2 ft. Beth Tubbs

Beth Tubbs, a senior staff engineer with the International Code Council Codes and Standards Development department joins us this month. She has been with the Code Council since 1995 and she is currently the secretariat to the International Existing Building Code, the International Fire Code, and ICC Performance Code. Beth is also the lead staff on the Fire Code Action Committee.

Beth has extensive experience in fire protection engineering and shares insight on the lingering effects of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last year and how the Code Council and others in the codes and standards community have responded.

Episode Duration: 00:15:20

Additional resources: 

ICC article: "Combustible exterior wall ‘cladding’ systems: An ICC perspective"

NFPA's risk management tool:Exterior Façade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool (EFFECT)

ICC and SFPE's jiont publication: "Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings"

Mar 20, 2018
Episode 1 feat. Jay Elbettar

In episode 1, Whitney Doll, the Code Council’s Director of Communications and podcast host, talks with Board of Directors President Jay Elbettar, P.E., CBO, LEED AP, CASp. Jay shares some of his experiences as a code official, plans for 2018 and updates about various Code Council initiatives.

Jay Elbettar, P.E., CBO, LEED AP, CASp is the president of the ICC Board of Directors and a building official for  Mission Viejo, Calif. He manages and directs the operation of the Mission Viejo Building Division through Charles Abbott Associates, including plan checks, inspections, counter operations and permit issuance. He was the recipient of the 2010 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award. He is a registered professional engineer in seven states.

Whitney Doll is the Director of Communications for the International Code Council. She oversees the Code Council’s strategic communications initiatives and media relations program, and works closely with internal and external audiences to solidify the ICC brand.

Episode Duration: 00:20:17

Additional resources:

International Codes (I-Codes) 

Building Safety Month

Wall Street Journal article: Homes Built to Stricter Standards Fared Better in Storm

Safety 2.0 
ICC Military Families Building Career Path Program

- Value of the Code Official Toolkit

Feb 20, 2018