The International Code Council entered into a formal strategic partnership with the United States Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) to raise awareness of international standards in construction that are required across the globe. With the shared goals of promoting the use of United States building codes and standards and ensuring worldwide public safety in construction and infrastructure, the partnership will encourage global use of the International Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.
ITA helps American companies to succeed globally through international market analysis, trade and export assistance, and the enforcement of trade agreements to ensure a level playing field. The Strategic Partner designation is given to entities that have demonstrated the willingness and ability to work across ITA’s network to achieve the goal of export promotion.
As the global leader in building safety, the Code Council frequently serves as the voice of the United States building safety and regulatory community in international dialogues and is expanding its global footprint, positioning the organization to contribute to the advancement of ITA’s mission. Under this agreement, the Code Council will continue to collaborate with ITA on several global trade initiatives in the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia, as well as to facilitate transparency and harmonization in codes and standards that impact the built environment.