Evaluation Committee

The ICC-ES Evaluation Committee consists of 10 Code Officials who provide independent consideration and approval of acceptance criteria, with public safety as their main concern.  Acceptance criteria are developed for new and innovative products that are not yet recognized in the code, therefore allowing for entrance of such products into the marketplace. The ICC-ES Evaluation Committee meets three times a year to consider new acceptance criteria and revisions to existing criteria. Attendees at committee meetings have the opportunity to speak on acceptance criteria and provide information to committee members. All meetings are open to the public.

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Michael Abegg, P.E., CBO
Structural Plans Engineer
City of Phoenix-Planning & Development Dept Phoenix, AZ
During his time at the City of Phoenix, Mr. Abegg has served as the...More Details
Michael Abegg, P.E., CBO
During his time at the City of Phoenix, Mr. Abegg has served as the Fire Marshal, Building Official, IBC Technical Lead and Senior Structural Plans Engineer. His responsibilities have included: Fire Marshal Appeals; Code Modifications; Technical Interpretations; Alternate Materials, Design and Methods of Construction; plan review and inspection efforts and internal policies and procedures. In addition to maintaining the Certified Building Official certificate, he has ICC certifications in Residential and Commercial plans review and inspection as well as Accessibility and Energy plan review. Prior to his time at the City of Phoenix, Mr. Abegg worked as a Structural Design Engineer including residential and commercial projects.
Mr. Abegg holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Arizona. In his free time Mr. Abegg enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys.
Ronald W. Clements, Jr., CBO
Assistant Building Official
Chesterfield County, VA Building Inspection Department, Chesterfield, VA
Ron Clements is the building official for the Chesterfield County D...More Details
Ronald W. Clements, Jr., CBO
Ron Clements is the building official for the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection. His responsibilities include management oversight of the department’s plan review and inspection divisions. He has held this position since 2011. Prior to that, he was chief of Chesterfield’s commercial plan review division. Ron has over 25 years of code enforcement experience, six years as a plans examiner for Hanover County, Virginia, in addition to 19 years with Chesterfield. Ron holds a bachelor’s of science degree in building construction from Virginia Tech and numerous Virginia and ICC professional certifications including building official, building plans examiner and building inspector.
Ron’s ICC service includes terms on the General Committee, Fire Safety Committee, Code Technology Committee, Code Correlation Committee, Codes and Standards Council, and Appeals Board. Ron’s organizational activities in Virginia include service on the boards of directors for the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association and Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association. He is a past president of VBCOA and represents both associations before the Virginia General Assembly. Ron also works with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development assisting the agency with state building code regulation development. In addition, he serves as a lead instructor for DHCD’s Jack A. Proctor Building Code Academy.
Eugene Barbeau, P.E.
Code Engineer
City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Barbeau is Code Engineer with the City of Los Angeles, Departme...More Details
Eugene Barbeau, P.E.
Mr. Barbeau is Code Engineer with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety (LADBS). He is responsible for analyzing the California Building Code to develop, write and process the Los Angeles Building Code Ordinance and publish the Los Angeles Building Code, which includes the Los Angeles Green Code. He provides technical assistance to the department through research and analysis of the code, and makes recommendations for application of the code as well as recommendations to management to amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) due to new statutes or legislation related to construction and structural design standards. As the code engineer, Mr. Barbeau also applies historical knowledge and technical engineering principles to research, develop, write and process other ordinances initiated by departments or council.
Prior to becoming code engineer, Mr. Barbeau served as a research engineer in the Building Research Section (BRS) reviewing alternate materials and methods of design not specifically recognized in the Los Angeles Building Code, and structural engineering associate at various LADBS offices reviewing construction documents for conformance with current code regulations. Before joining the LADBS, he spent several years practicing as a civil engineer and construction supervisor with experience in cost estimating design and construction of concrete, steel and wood structures.
Mr. Barbeau holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and is registered by the State of California as a Civil Engineer. He is the current chair of the Los Angeles Basin Chapter, Fire Life Safety Committee of the International Code Council (ICC).
Michael P. Rickabaugh, CBO
Deputy Manager of Building & Safety
Deputy Building Official Reedy Creek Improvement District Lake Buena Vista, FL
Michael Rickabaugh has been the Deputy Building Official for Reedy ...More Details
Michael P. Rickabaugh, CBO
Michael Rickabaugh has been the Deputy Building Official for Reedy Creek Improvement District in Lake Buena Vista, Florida since 2003. He graduated from Penn State University and has a total of 30 years’ experience as a Building Official. He has held positions with 5 jurisdictions in Wyoming & Florida as Building Official, Director of Public Services & Manager of Fire Prevention. Michael has been active in chapter and conference support and has held various positions in local chapters, including President of the Wyoming Conference of Building Officials and President of the Wyoming Division of the IAEI. He served 5 years on the ICBO Education Committee, including 1 year as Chairman; and served 1 year on the ICBO ES Committee as well as 1 year on the ICC ES Legacy Committee for the UBC. In addition, he served a 6 year Governor’s appointment to the Wyoming Council on Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety, where he served as Vice-Chairman.
He is certified by the ICC as a Building Official, Building Inspector, and Plans Examiner and is licensed by the State of Florida as the same. He is registered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as a Safety Assessment Program Evaluator and is designated by ICC IAS as a Lead Evaluator-in-Training for building department accreditation.
David Sauter, BCO
Building Inspector
Hatfield Township Hatfield, PA
Mr. Sauter currently serves as the Commercial/Residential Building ...More Details
David Sauter, BCO
Mr. Sauter currently serves as the Commercial/Residential Building Inspector in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and has held that position since 2009. His responsibilities include all plan reviews and inspections for all commercial/residential projects and all other day to day issues that affect the code department. He is also active in the PA Association of Code Officials. He will serve on the ICC 2019 Group B 1Admin Code Development Committee for the upcoming 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle and is 1 of 3 ICC members to serve on the RESNET/ICC Water Efficiency Rating Index ( WERi ) Standard Committee.
Previously Mr. Sauter worked in construction management for 35 years as a superintendent/project manager for several developers. His responsibilities included plan reviews, co-ordination of all construction activities and interaction with all applicable code and governmental agencies. He served 2 terms on the ICC-Energy Exam Development Committee from 2010-2016. Mr. Sauter currently holds multiple ICC and Pennsylvania Certifications and has an Associate Degree from Bucks County Community College.
Frank Li, SE
Senior Structural Engineer
DSA Structural Safety Section Los Angeles, CA
Frank Li is a Senior Structural Engineer with the Structural Safety...More Details
Frank Li, SE
Frank Li is a Senior Structural Engineer with the Structural Safety Section of the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) in Los Angeles Regional Office. At DSA Mr. Li is responsible for the review of construction documents for public K-12 schools, community colleges, and essential services facilities for compliance with Title 24 of California Code of Regulations and other governing regulatory requirements. In addition, he had authored a Design Criteria for DSA Pre-check procedure on Cantilevered Solar Canopy Steel Structures.
Prior to joining DSA in 2013, Mr. Li had spent twenty years in the private sector including ten of those with his own consulting practice. His experience includes single-family residential buildings, multi-family mixed-use buildings, commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, etc.
Mr. Li is registered in California as Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science from University of California, Los Angeles and Master of Science from San Jose State University.
Jeanna Scott, CBO
Assistant Building Official
City of Plano Plano Texas
Jeanna Scott is currently an Assistant Building Official for the Ci...More Details
Jeanna Scott, CBO
Jeanna Scott is currently an Assistant Building Official for the City of Plano, Plano, Texas and has been with the City since 2016.  Her responsibilities include managing the permit and plan review services department, as well as acting as the liaison to the planning and engineering departments for new development projects. Jeanna has 13 years’ experience with other jurisdictions as a Plans Examiner Supervisor and as an Assistant Building Official.  She holds several ICC Certifications including Certified Building Official, ICC Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plan Reviewer, ICC Certified Residential Plans Examiner and ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner.
Robert A. Waite, Jr., AIA, CBO
Managing Architect
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Bob Waite is the Managing Architect for the University of Virginia ...More Details
Robert A. Waite, Jr., AIA, CBO
Bob Waite is the Managing Architect for the University of Virginia Building Official. He joined OUBO as Senior Review Architect in December 2008. He has over 25 years of professional experience in architectural design, project management and code compliance inspections. He has experience in all types of building uses including health care facilities, residential and dining facilities, athletic facilities and classroom and laboratory facilities.
At OUBO, Bob manages and distributes the reviews for all projects that the office reviews. He coordinates with Project Managers and helps them schedule the reviews for their projects. He assigns the processing of all building permits. He provides ADA compliance inspections and expertise when needed and assists in reviews for architectural code compliance, constructability, ADA compliance, and compliance with UVa’s Facilities Design Guidelines.
Bob served with the US Army as a 1st Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam.
Bob is a registered Professional Architect in Virginia and holds certification with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development as a Residential Building Inspector, Combination Building Plans Examiner, and Certified Building Official.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from UVA and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Arash A. Altoontash, Ph.D., SE, PMP
Senior Structural Engineer
OSHPD Facility Development Division Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Arash A. Altoontash is a member of the Seismic Compliance Unit ...More Details
Arash A. Altoontash, Ph.D., SE, PMP
Dr. Arash A. Altoontash is a member of the Seismic Compliance Unit at the California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. He has more than 15 years of experience as a structural engineering regulator and design professional, in addition to 5 years of academic research and development experience at Stanford University. He was in charge of design or review of structural systems and elements utilizing a variety of building materials, including concrete, steel, masonry, wood, aluminum, cold-formed metal, acrylic, fiber-reinforced polymers, and glass. His expertise includes static/dynamic linear or nonlinear structural analyses, seismic design/retrofit/vulnerability assessment, base isolation and supplemental damping, liquid containing/soil retaining structures, utility lines’ seismic bracing, equipment seismic anchorage, laboratory testing of structural material/components/systems, and performance-based design, structural investigations. He has developed and taught advanced and introductory Structural Steel Design courses at the University of California, Irvine.
David Session
Assistant Builidng Official
Sustainable Development & Construction Dallas, TX
Mr. Session is currently the Assistant Building Official for the ...More Details
David Session
Mr. Session is currently the Assistant Building Official for the City of Dallas, Texas. He has held this position since 2015. This position is responsible for all Construction Codes including Plan Review, Field Inspections, along with Fire Protection and Food Establishments plan review.
David formerly served as the District Manager for one of Dallas’ four Inspection districts.
While district manager, he concurrently served as the Chief Building Code Administrator for the City of Dallas, Texas. He held this latter position since 1999. His responsibilities included overseeing the Commercial Plans Review Section, the Health Plans Review Section, and the Building Field Inspectors. Part of Mr. Session’s responsibility was the training of the plans examiners and field inspectors. In addition, David was responsible for the adoption of Dallas’ Chapter on the Administrative Provisions to the Construction Codes as well as the adoption of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, the International Existing Building Code, the International Energy Conservation Code, and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
Mr. Session has been with the City of Dallas for 32 years, previously holding the position of Manager of the Commercial Plans Review Section, Commercial Plans Examiner, Zoning Plans Examiner, and Permit Technician.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Session served as Building Official for the City of Lancaster, Texas. The responsibilities there included administration of building, zoning, health department, and animal control issues.
Mr. Session was a member of the PRIME BEEF Civil Engineering Squadron of the United States Air Force and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.
Matt Zamani, P.E.
Senior Structural Engineer
Development Services Department San Diego, CA
Matt Zamani currently is working as Structural Engineer Senior fo...More Details
Matt Zamani, P.E.
Matt Zamani currently is working as Structural Engineer Senior for the City of San Diego Development Services Department. Matt has been working with the department for over 20 years, reviewing structures ranging from single family to multi-family dwellings, commercial mixed-use buildings, high rise buildings, and temporary structures, Matt’s current duty is to supervise associate structural engineers in the review of plans for various type buildings/structures for conformance with Structural, Fire Life Safety, and Accessibility requirements of California Building Codes and Local Ordinances, In his supervisory role, Matt assists his staff to resolve complex structural and Fire Life Safety code issues, investigate and research to accept use of new construction method and materials proposed by architects and engineers. Matt also actively participates in building code development through the City of San Diego Development Services Department.
Matt is an ICC certified plan examiner and is registered as a Civil Engineer in the State of California.