The International Fire Code Council of the International Code Council has appointed Michael Gardner, executive director of the Gypsum Association, to the Fire Safety Committee of the International Building Code. Gardner will serve on the committee for the 18-month code development cycle, from January 2005 through June 2006.

The ICC code development hearings are scheduled to be conducted in Cincinnati, from February 22 to March 6, 2005. The IBC Fire Safety Committee will meet at a yet to be determined time during those hearings. The Fire Safety Committee will consider building code provisions that enumerate requirements in the IBC intended to ensure life safety and property protection in the event of a fire in a variety of building and occupancy types.