News Release - December 26 2007





Contact: William Strawn, Communications Manager


: Isam Hasenin, P.E., Director and Chief Building Official of the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), was reappointed December 20th by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to a second four-year term on the California Building Standards Commission, 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 I am deeply appreciative of the Governor’s confidence. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with building officials and other experts on our always-evolving code standards, and ensuring that California remains in the forefront of national and global leadership in this vital area.”


Recognized as one of the state’s top experts on building codes and disability access issues, Hasenin became Director of DBI in mid-March 2007, following a six-month national search.  During the past nine months he has conducted an in-depth assessment of the Department’s strengths and weaknesses; restructured the organization and appointed experienced and highly qualified executive managers to improve decision-making and code interpretation consistency; revamped and expanded DBI’s “Over-the-Counter” permit review and approval process; and completed a comprehensive, five-month Business Process Reengineering (BPR) review – a close examination of the City’s entire building development review, permitting and inspections’ process. The BPR initiative was approved unanimously on December 19th by the Building Inspection Commission – and contained nearly 200 recommendations to streamline and improve the permit and inspections’ process.


Hasenin’s new four-year term on the California Building Standards Commission is effective January 1, 2008.  During the past four years, two of which he has served as the Commission’s vice chair, he has been part of the decision-making process that resulted in the adoption of the International Building and Fire Codes as the base codes for California – which also become effective January 1st; the Commission’s adoption of the Wildland Urban Interface Fire regulations; and the initiation of the green building standards code development process.


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


DBI oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 150,000 buildings. Please visit for more detailed information (Note: the Final BPR Report will be posted on the web site within the next week).


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