City Staff Honored at Int'l Conference

The Colorado Chapter of the ICC was named Chapter of the Year in Baltimore last week during an awards luncheon, with City of Aspen Chief Building Official Stephen Kanipe accepting it on behalf of the organization as chapter president.  


To earn the designation, a chapter must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in promoting the vision, mission and goals of the Code Council. The Chapter of the Year also distinguishes itself through the development and implementation of programs designed to increase the professionalism of its members and code officials everywhere, and participate in local, state, regional or national activities to increase the public awareness of safety in the built environment.

"It took us 56 years to get here, so I accept this for more than four and one half dozen past presidents, hundreds of Board members, and at least 1,000 men and women on chapter committees that have served over those past five decades," Kanipe said at the event.

Kanipe has been a leader not only at the state level of building codes but also at the international level. He has also been chosen by the International Code Council to help create the first ever International Green Construction Code (IGCC).

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states use the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council.


The City of Aspen recently adopted the Council’s 2009 International Energy Code, a document on which Kanipe also provided expertise.


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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009