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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Ali M. Fattah, PE
Senior Research Engineer
City of San Diego, Development Services Department San Diego, CA
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Ali M. Fattah, PE
Ali Fattah is a Senior Research Engineer with the City of San Diego Development Services Department and has served in various capacities within the Department over 25 years of service. During his tenure, Mr. Fattah has performed building code reviews for various types of buildings and structures for conformance to the fire and life safety requirements, structural and lateral force safety requirements and accessibility requirements of the California Building Code. His experience includes lead roles on the review of various iconic and hi-rise buildings within the city as well as reviews and inspections for temporary structures and special events such as sporting and outdoor events. Mr. Fattah is an ICC certified plans examiner and registered by the State of California as a Civil Engineer.
In his leadership role in the Research Engineering Section, Mr. Fattah has the lead role in developing and processing local amendment to the California Building Code for codification into the San Diego Municipal Code. As Senior Research Engineer, Mr. Fattah also reviews requests for use of alternate materials, methods and materials of designs and works with various manufacturers seeking approval for the use of various building materials and products not specifically recognized by the various locally enforced construction codes.
Mr. Fattah has also had extensive participation on various local and national professional organizations in the development of the International Building Code and the California Building Code. He is a past chair of the Code Committee for the Structural Engineers Association of California, past president of the San Diego Area Chapter of the International Code Council and currently serves as the Chair of the SD Area Chapter ICC Code Committee and serves on the California Association of Building Officials Code Committee.
Michael Abegg, P.E., CBO
Structural Plans Engineer
City of Phoenix-Planning & Development Dept Phoenix, AZ
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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
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Ronald W. Clements, Jr., CBO
Ron Clements is the assistant building official for Chesterfield County, Virginia, and assistant director of the Chesterfield Building Inspection department. 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. He has over 22 years of code enforcement experience, six years as a plans examiner for Hanover County, Virginia, in addition to 16 years with Chesterfield. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction from Virginia Tech. He holds numerous Virginia and ICC professional certifications including building official, building plans examiner and building inspector.
Ron’s ICC service includes four terms on the IBC General committee, one term on the IBC Fire Safety committee, and service on the Code Technology Committee since 2007. Ron’s professional activities in Virginia include service on the board of directors for the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association since 1997 and the board of directors for the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association since 2008. He served as president of VBCOA 2005/2006 and as chair of the VBCOA legislative committee since 2008. In his capacity as legislative chair, Ron serves as a lobbyist at the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of both associations. Ron also works with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, as a representative for VBCOA and Chesterfield, assisting the agency with state building code regulation development. He also serves as a lead instructor for Virginia’s Jack Proctor Building Code Academy.
Eugene Barbeau, P.E.
Code Engineer
City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety Los Angeles, CA
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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).
Scott Marsell
Chief Building Official
Sandy City Sandy, UT
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Scott Marsell
Scott Marsell has been the Chief Building Official of the City of Sandy, Utah for the last twelve years. Scott has more than 38 years of experience in the building construction industry, with the last 30 years in inspection and plan review. Scott, who was licensed as a general contractor with the State of Utah, currently holds certifications in building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire inspector II and plans examiner. Scott served on the legacy ICBO Evaluation Services Committee for 4 years and 6 years on ICC Evaluation Committee with two years as chairman. Scott serves as chairman of the Architectural Advisory Committee for the State of Utah which is charged with reviewing the Model Codes for adoption by the State of Utah and the Utah Chapter of ICC Government Affairs Committee. Additionally Scott has served on the Board of Directors of the Utah Chapter of the International Code Council and as chairman on the ICC-ES Subcommittee on Uniform Codes, he also has served on the Unified Code Analysis Council of the State of Utah, Building Inspectors Licensing Board for the State of Utah, ICBO Plans Examiner Advisory Committee and as a member of the Utah State Building Codes Education Committee and is presently serving on the Engineers Licensing Board for the State of Utah.
Timothy Piland, SE
Senior Structural Engineer
OSHPD (Structural Support Unit) Sacramento CA
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Timothy Piland, SE
Senior Structural Engineer
Facilities Development Division, Structural Support Unit
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), State of California
Timothy J. Piland, SE, has worked for OSHPD in the Facilities Development Division/Structural Support Unit as a Senior Structural Engineer since 2012. Responsibilities include compliance review/approval of OSHPD Special Seismic Certification Pre-Approval (OSP) of Non-Structural Components adhering to ICC ES AC156 requirements and structural plans examiner for Hospital structures adhering to the regulations of the California Building Code.Mr. Piland’s past professional experience covers 20 years in private practice as a licensed Structural Engineer. He has designed a multitude of facilities for the Division of the State Architect (DSA), OSHPD, the Department of Corrections (CDC), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the private sector. Additionally, for over 12 years, he assisted in the grading of the California Structural Engineers examination.Mr. Piland has a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and is currently licensed as a Structural and Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Michael P. Rickabaugh, CBO
Deputy Manager of Building & Safety
Deputy Building Official Reedy Creek Improvement District Lake Buena Vista, FL
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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
Building Inspector
Hatfield Township Hatfield, PA
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David Sauter
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.
James Son, PE, SE
Senior Engineer
Building Division City of San Jose, CA
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James Son, PE, SE
James Son is a Senior Engineer with the City of San Jose, Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department. He has over 25 years of experiences in structural design and plan review. Currently, James is responsible for overseeing various types of buildings and structures for compliance with building codes and safety standards which includes fire and life safety, structural, accessibility, T-24 energy and Cal-green. He is a member of the San Jose alternate material and methods of construction committee that reviews design, material, and construction applications not specifically recognized by the current codes. Also, he is a past chair of the special inspection committee which evaluates special inspection testing agencies and inspectors for qualification to be recognized by the ICC Tri-Chapters and other Bay Area jurisdictions.
James is a registered structural engineer in the State of California and is certified by ICC as a plans examiner. James received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is registered by the California Governor’s office of Emergency Services as a Safety Assessment Program Evaluator.
Brian Tollisen, PE
Assist. Dir. For Regional Services
NYS Dept. of State Div. of Bldg. Stds. & Codes Albany, NY
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Brian Tollisen, PE
Assistant Director for Regional Services
New York State Department of State
Division of Building Standards and Codes
Brian S. Tollisen, PE, has worked for the New York State Department of State since 2001 and is currently the Assistant Director for Regional Services. He previously served as a member of the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee from 2005 thru 2010. Brian’s past professional activities include service as a committee member of the Department of States Building Code Development Technical Sub-committee, a member of the New York State Building Officials Conference, a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and American Society of Civil Engineers.Brian holds an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Science from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Brian is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and has several years of experience practicing as a Civil Engineer.