For Immediate Release - April 1 2008




William Strawn, Communications Officer


San Francisco – Isam Hasenin, P.E., Director and Chief Building Official of the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), was reelected by his peers as Vice Chairman of the California Building Standards Commission at the Commission’s March meeting – his third consecutive year in a leadership position on the body responsible for adopting and implementing building codes state-wide.

“It is an honor to continue to serve on the Commission,” Hasenin said, “and to continue to be part of its leadership.  I am deeply appreciative of the Governor’s confidence in reappointing me, and I look forward to continuing to work with building officials and other experts on our always-evolving code standards.  The Commission is determined to take actions that ensure that California remains in the forefront of national and global leadership in the vital area of building code standards.”

During the past two years when Hasenin served as the Commission’s vice chair, he played a leading role in the decision-making process that resulted in the adoption of important state-wide initiatives – including passage of the International Building and Fire Codes as the base codes for California that became effective January 1, 2008;  the Commission’s adoption of the Wildland Urban Interface Fire regulations; and the initiation of the green building standards code development process, an area expected to continue growing exponentially with increasingly strong public demand for environmentally sensitive actions.

A Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a licensed Civil Engineer and Certified Building Official, Hasenin has more than 20 years’ experience in building department management and operations.  He is an active member of numerous professional organizations.

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