The International Code Council has developed a new honor to acknowledge public safety creatively in the built environment: the ICC Innovation in Code Administration Award.

ICC CEO Dominic Sims said the award recognizes building and fire departments for innovation in the delivery of code administration services in their communities. The award program is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs-Fire and Life Safety Sectional, the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and the Code Council.

Groups eligible for the award must be a building or fire code organization that provides cods administration services to one or more jurisdictions. The may include fire departments, fire marshal’s offices or building departments charge with code administration.

“Code enforcement is one of the five pillars of community risk reduction: education, enforcement, engineering, economic incentives and emergency response,” said ICC Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss, who serves as the Georgia State Fire Marshal. “Fire and building departments across the country are developing new and innovative approaches to deliver code administration services as part of community risk reduction. These tools and techniques should be shared — and honored — to help reduce risk from death, injury, fires and other natural or man-made disasters.”