ICC Goes International in Abu Dhabi

August 17th, 2010

ICC Global Abu DhabiICC is expanding the reach of its codes into Abu Dhabi. The new building code regulations are to be launched at the beginning of the year 2011. In order to facilitate a successful introduction and to speed up the adoption process, experts from the International Code Council (ICC) set up workshops in August of this year in Abu Dhabi to review and teach ICC fire and building codes with local construction industries and stakeholders.

‘The new building codes warrant the largest training of its kind to take place in the UAE,’ said Ahmed Shareef, member of the Abu Dhabi Building Codes Higher Council. ‘Our message to the construction industry is clear: take advantage of this opportunity to get ready for the new codes. Right now, we are in a process of consultation and training with our industry partners. By taking the journey towards better buildings together, we can ensure that the transition to the new codes will be a smooth one.’

This first set of workshops is followed up with a suite of further training courses, such as the International Fire Code – covering hazardous materials, accessibility, means of egress, mixed occupancy.

Shareef concluded: ‘We are working hard with all stakeholders to identify their roles and responsibilities in adopting and implementing the new codes. The training workshops will bring world-class standards and practices to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which will help us achieve a sustainable environment and the Emirate’s 2030 vision at large.’

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