The International Code Council and the National Environmental Health Association have established a new task force on pandemics. Recognizing the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on new and existing buildings and construction, this task force will develop resources to help prepare buildings and communities for disease-related threats.
The task force will analyze all aspects of the built environment to find solutions that reduce the risks posed by pandemics. It will complete a comprehensive review of current code requirements, existing guides, executive orders, regulations, white papers, reports and standards, related to design, preparedness and health considerations for building construction, operation and pandemics. Then, the group will identify best practices and guides to address the design and layout of new and existing buildings and establish a comprehensive package of public information materials.
The task force will consist of a broad cross section of building, code, design, insurance, plumbing and public health environmental experts appointed by the code council board of directors. In addition to the creation of the task force, several work groups made of task force members and other interested parties will be established.