Author(s): James Pauley. Published on September 4, 2018.

Listening & Creating


Over the last four years, NFPA members have heard me on many occasions talk about our transformation into an information and knowledge organization. The development of critically important codes and standards will always be a major part of what we do, but we also know that, while codes and standards are central to the work you do, you are also asking for, and expecting, much more.

You probably have also heard me talk about how we are working harder to learn about the challenges facing members and others who rely on NFPA information. We are continually looking for ways to leverage technology and to deliver information that can help all of you do your jobs more efficiently.

One recent addition to the toolbox is our introduction of CodeFinder. This is a tool we developed to help architects, engineers, contractors, and many others easily find the codes and standards that are in use across various jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, and many other parts of the world. A key feature of CodeFinder is to help everyone understand the referenced standards that are in place. It isn’t just for NFPA standards, either—the tool also includes information on the use of codes from the International Code Council and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.

The tool is one of our first examples of how we utilize crowdsourcing to help ensure that we keep the information dynamic and up-to-date. Stakeholders can easily submit updates or additional information that they become aware of through their own local efforts. It is also a great example of how NFPA is listening closer to what you’re telling us, and how we’re using that information to create tools to help you do your job better.

CodeFinder is only the beginning. As we continue our transformation, you will see us utilize more innovative ways to deliver the critical information and knowledge that you have been asking for from NFPA. CodeFinder has been available for a few months now, and we are incorporating feedback on an ongoing basis—it’s a great example of how we can deliver on and refine what you tell us you need.

We implore you to keep the ideas coming and to continue to engage with us on every level of what we do—from the standards process to public education to research and much more.