In Brief

The International Code Council is developing a Green Building Professional Certification Exam to demonstrate a code official's ability to understand the application of green building technology and assess adherence with green building programs. The new certification will help provide assurances that green and sustainable buildings are also safe. To develop the certification, the Code Council is creating

  • The International Code Council is developing a Green Building Professional Certification Exam to demonstrate a code official's ability to understand the application of green building technology and assess adherence with green building programs. The new certification will help provide assurances that green and sustainable buildings are also safe. To develop the certification, the Code Council is creating an Exam Development Committee of recognized experts. Committee members must be proficient with green building practices. Individuals interested in serving can apply online, or call 1/888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 5287.

  • In a surprise decision, the Raleigh, North Carolina City Council has decided to ban the installation of food waste disposers, though the ordinance does not ban selling disposers. Ostensibly, the ban was to help prevent sanitary sewer overflows. The ban will be up for discussion in City Council meetings in the coming weeks.

  • EPA is asking for public comment on a list of 104 possible drinking water contaminants that may need to be regulated in the future to ensure the continued protection of drinking water. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA includes currently unregulated contaminants on the draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL) that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and may require regulation. This draft CCL, which is the third such listing, lists 93 chemical contaminants or groups and 11 microbes. It also describes the process and basis for selecting these contaminants.

  • The National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced that Christine Todd Whitman will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2008 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference. Whitman was elected as New Jersey's 50th Governor in November 1993 and was appointed by President Bush as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January 2001. She will address attendees regarding sustainability and the effects it has on the kitchen and bath, housing and shelter industries in a global community.

  • Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter (ABC SEPA) is holding a grand opening event for its new Apprenticeship and Craft Training Center, which will serve as the educational training center for more than 300 students each year, on Friday, April 4, 2008. The event will be held from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Craft Training Center, 1500 Gehman Road, Kulpsville, Pa. For more information contact Karen Higgins at Sagefrog Marketing at 610/831-5723 or [email protected].