U.S. Based Codes and Standards in International Design

Examine the application of International building codes in non USA settings and in multiple building types through the lens of real world examples.


If you design projects internationally, you may intend to use U.S.-based codes in addition to local codes. But that often leads to conflicting fire protection and life safety requirements.

Join us for this session to uncover solutions. Speakers will discuss:

  • Examples of three codes from areas around the world—and how the application of "international" codes served as an alternate design approach
  • Performance-based design as an alternative to prescriptive code compliance
  • Other alternate solutions and how these different approaches can impact your project

In addition, you'll learn about the fundamental International Building Code as well as portability principles and local interpretation.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify and understand the key considerations for using US based codes on International projects.
  • They will be able to understand the fundamental International Building Code (IBC) process as it applies to portability and local interpretation.
  • Practice Professionals will leave the seminar understanding the use of the IBC as an "International Best Practice" approach to dealing with local code officials.
  • Participants will be able to describe to their colleagues specific real world examples of solutions to competing local and International 
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • James Antell

    James H. Antell

    AIA, PE

    Vice President - International, JENSEN HUGHES

    Mr. Antell is Vice president - International, with JENSEN HUGHES.  He has over 30 years of...
  • Jeffrey Harper

    Jeffrey E. Harper

    Vice President - Development, JENSEN HUGHES

    Mr. Harper has been providing code consulting and performance based design services on complex...
  • Rick Lincicome


    President, Rick A Lincicome AIA

    Rick A Lincicome, AIA NCARB is the President of Rick A Lincicome AIA in Washington DC. He recently...