IRCC Charter of Membership

The purpose of the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC) is to promote effective international collaboration concerning performance-based building regulatory systems.

The focus of the IRCC is to identify public policies, regulatory infrastructure, education and technology issues for implementing and managing these systems. This focus necessitates interaction with other international bodies having compatible interests with the IRCC.

Specific goals of the IRCC include:

• Providing a forum for promoting a common understanding of, and a framework for, performance-based building regulatory system development;
• Fostering the exchange of ideas and the development of "Best Current Practice" documents and approaches;
• Providing guidance and support for members who develop, implement, and support performance-based building regulatory systems;
• Promoting the pooling of resources, on an international scale, to aid research and development of commonly-needed components of a performance-based building regulatory system;
• Providing benefit to countries embarking on performance-based building regulation development, by providing guidance and support materials, thus minimizing potential duplication; and,
• Encouraging investment in construction-related technology and innovation.


Appointment of new members to the IRCC will be by consensus agreement of Committee Members. Applications would normally be from the primary national lead regulatory agency having experience in the development of performance-based building codes, and the potential to make an effective contribution towards achievement of the stated IRCC purpose and goals. Applications for membership are to be submitted, to the Secretariat, in writing and be accompanied by supporting information on the experience, expertise and role in the building regulatory environment and the contribution, including resource allocation, that is envisaged could be made to achievement of the IRCC purpose and goals. All costs associated with the activities of the IRCC will be borne by the individual members. Continued membership of the IRCC requires active ongoing participation. In this regard, non attendance at two consecutive IRCC meetings by a member, or their nominated alternate, will be cause for review of membership. Should membership be terminated the above application process will need to be followed for re-admittance. Membership of the IRCC will be subject to periodic review.


It is intended that ordinary meetings will be held at least once each year at a time and place agreed by the IRCC. Generally meetings will be rotated amongst the member countries. Members can seek approval of the group for observers to attend meetings. This is to be obtained prior to the meeting. Any requests are to be forwarded through the Secretariat.


Sub-committees may be established by agreement of the IRCC for all agreed tasks and any other relevant purposes.

Additional Information


Dr. IJsbrand van Straalen
Senior Scientist
Telephone: +44 (1) 506 600 490


Ong See Ho
Managing Director
Built Environment Technology Centre
Singapore Building Construction Authority
Telephone: +65 67304593


The IRCC currently consists of representatives of the following organisations:

Australian Building Codes Board ABCB , Australia
Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering OIB , Austria
Building and Control Authority BCA , Singapore
Chinese Academy of Building Research CABR , China
Department of Building and Housing DBH , New Zealand
Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council NRC, Canada
International Code Council ICC , USA

Ministry of Housing MOH , Spain
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport MLIT , Japan
National Board of Housing, Building and Planning BOVERKET , Sweden
National Institute for Land and Infrastructure ManagementNILIM , Japan
Norwegian Building Authority NBA , Norway
Scottish Government Directorate for the Built Environment DBE , Scotland
Singapore Civil Defence Force SCDF , Singapore