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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 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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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