International Code Council and National Environmental Health Association Launch Pandemics Task Force

NEHA News Release


Release Date: 
December 14, 2020

New Task Force Will Develop Resources to Prepare Buildings and Communities Worldwide for Disease-Related Threats

Denver, CO: The International Code Council (ICC) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have established a new task force on pandemics. Recognizing the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on new and existing buildings and construction, this task force will develop resources to help prepare buildings and communities for disease-related threats.

The task force will analyze all aspects of the built environment to find solutions that reduce the risks posed by pandemics. It will complete a comprehensive review of current code requirements, existing guides, executive orders, regulations, white papers, reports, and standards related to design, preparedness, and health considerations for building construction, operation, and pandemics. The group will then identify best practices and guides to address the design and layout of new and existing buildings and establish a comprehensive package of public information materials.

“The coronavirus pandemic has underscored that safe buildings are essential to maintaining public health,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “A community’s ability to defend against such disasters as pandemics depends on the safety of the homes, buildings and infrastructure that serve its residents. We are extremely proud to collaborate with NEHA on this pandemic task force.”

“The built environment is a central feature of modern life.” said NEHA Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Dyjack.  “Our unique partnership with ICC is one characterized by a common mission, information sharing, and aligned leadership, which in aggregate will serve to reduce risk associated with the pandemic, while we collaborate on methods to safely rebuild the economy.”

The task force will consist of a broad cross section of building, code, design, insurance, plumbing, and public health environmental experts appointed by the ICC Board of Directors. In addition to the creation of the task force, several work groups made up of task force member and other interested parties will be established.

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