About NCSBCS – Who We Are...

Mission Statement:
The National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc. serves
as a forum for the interchange of information and provides technical services,
education and training to our members to enhance the publicís social,
economic well-being through safe, durable, accessible and efficient buildings.

Vision Statement:
To be a resource for our members involved in the built environment.

The National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc. (NCSBCS) was founded by the nationís governors to promote the development of an efficient, cooperative system of building regulation to ensure the publicís safety in all buildings and to help reduce the regulatory cost of construction. Since 1967, NCSBCS has provided a national forum for the public and private sector to discuss building code and public safety issues and to consider common action on building codes adoption, administration and enforcement.

NCSBCS also works for: the acceptance of new technologies in building construction; a uniform national education and certification system for building regulatory personnel; accountability in the design, construction, and inspection of buildings; public awareness of building regulatory personnel and the work they do; accessible design; interstate acceptance of modular buildings; more effective and efficient use of information technology in the building regulatory process; and enhancing U. S. economic competitiveness in the global market place.

NCSBCSí policy-making body is comprised of governor-appointed delegates who are the chief building regulatory official of each state and territory. Non-policy members of NCSBCS who participate in standing committees include other state and local building officials, architects and engineers, building contractors, manufacturers of equipment and building materials, corporations, national construction associations, federal government officials, academicians, and consumers. Through NCSBCS, members have an active voice in the nationís building regulatory process, including in codes and standards-writing organizations and the federal government. NCSBCS is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected by the organizationís members.

NCSBCS is a non-profit organization.  NCSBCS has an Executive Branch Agreement with the National Governors Association (NGA) and provides NGA with professional expertise on building codes and public safety issues. NCSBCS also is a cooperative member of the Council of State Governments and has a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

NCSBCS is secretariat to the Association of Major City/County Building Officials (AMCBO), the Industrialized Buildings Commission (an interstate compact), and the Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age. NCSBCS delegates and staff participate in numerous national, state, and regional organizations.

NCSBCS carries out its mission through the work of its standing committees:

Recent work of the these committees include: a report to the nation's governors on the need for the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association to work together to develop a coordinated, cohesive set of model building codes for state and local governments to adopt; a publication Introduction to Building Codes and Guide to Effective and Efficient Codes Administration; a conference on high-rise retrofit issues for major jurisdictions; bi-monthly important issues conference calls on topics of immediate importance to members; and responses to a call for public comments on HUD regulations impacting states regulation of modular and manufactured homes.

In early 2004 NCSBCS established an Information Technology Industry Advisory Subcommittee to provide a home for hardware and software firms to work with state and local governments and the construction industry to help expand the effective use of information technology in the nation's building regulatory processes.

NCSBCS committees meet by conference call and at the fall annual conference. The 2004 Annual Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 29-October 1.

NCSBCS Background: The association had its formal beginning in Wisconsin in 1967. It was formed in response to recommendations contained in the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Report, Building Codes: A Program for Intergovernmental Reform. From that report, a group of concerned governors, working with the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), established NCSBCS as a not-for-profit organization to represent, on a national level, the statesí building codes and public safety concerns.

Shortly after NCSBCS was founded in 1967, the delegate members expressed their strong concerns about the barriers created by the lack of uniformity and interstate reciprocity. They targeted the development of uniform state regulation for all types of buildings -- mobile, modular, and site-built -- as one of the major objectives of the new organization.

From 1970 to 1972, with financial assistance from the Department of Commerce, NCSBCS delegate members participated on a Special Working Group on Legislation and Regulations. By 1973, that group, in cooperation with the model building code organizations, the National Association of Building Manufacturers, the mobile home industry, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, developed a series of model laws and rules and regulations that were later adopted by the Council of State Governments as model state legislation.

From the mid-1970ís to early 2001, NCSBCS provided support to the states and to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development serving as HUDís monitoring agent in the Federal Manufactured Housing Construction & Safety Standards program. In 2002, NCSBCS transferred that program to the Institute for Building Technology and Safety to concentrate on its core mission as an association.

Today, NCSBCS is working through its standing committees and programs to serve the building codes administration and enforcement needs of its members and to actively promote streamlining of the nationís building regulatory process using information technology. In the summer of 2001, NCSBCS, together with 34 other national organizations and governmental agencies, formed the Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age to use information technology to reduce costs and enhance public safety and economic development in the United States. The Alliance helps each appropriate level of government adopt and implement streamlined administrative procedures and processes to eliminate existing barriers to safe, decent, affordable, and environmentally safe housing and buildings. Among the work products NCSBCS has developed on behalf of the Alliance are: model procurement requirements for hardware and software (including an interoperability statement) model enabling legislation, and listing of available software.

In addition to the programs, NCSBCS offers education and training for code enforcement personnel on administrative issues through its International Academy for Professional Codes Administration.  NCSBCS also holds bi-monthly member conference calls on important issues. Recent calls have been on high-rise retrofit, homeland security, nightclub safety, and helping jurisdictions make greater use of information technology in their building regulatory processes.

NCSBCS membership is open to public and private sector individuals, organizations and agencies. Additional information on NCSBCS benefits of membership, annual conference, work of its standing committees, the subjects covered in important issues conference calls, publications, education and training services, and activities of AMCBO and the Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age are all available on the NCSBCS website -- www.ncsbcs.org.