As chilly temperatures continue to plague much of the U.S., make sure your firms and technicians are prepared for unexpected weather events by having them review the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. More information on both of these standards can be found at

Also check to verify if you and your technicians are up-to-date in your relevant certifications to avoid delays. To find an IICRC-certified school or course in your area, visit

BSR/IICRC S400 and BSR/IICRC S550 Updates

The IICRC is also seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of the following Standards:

  • BSR/IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment.

Current status: The S400 Consensus Body has been formed, and has begun the work of drafting the Standard outline and draft Sections. IICRC is seeking volunteers to serve as non-voting section committee members.

The scope of this standard will focus on the principles, methods and processes to clean, maintain and restore the built environment. We define the built environment as materials, building assemblies, structures, furniture, fixtures and equipment located inside a building envelope. Further, this standard will focus on the commercial built environment and define tasks, frequencies, production expectations, goals and results.

The S400 Consensus Body Chair is Richard Bodo, and Vice Chair is Dane Gregory.

  • *New* BSR/IICRC S550: Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration of Commercial Structures.

Current status: IICRC is initiating the development of the BSR-IICRC S550. 

The S550 will be a procedural standard for performing water damage restoration in commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential structures, systems and furniture, fixtures and equipment. The proposed standard includes: building and material science; drying complex materials and systems; safety and health; project coordination, documentation, logistics and risk management; inspections, preliminary determinations and pre-restoration evaluations; limitations, complexities, complications, and conflicts; specialized experts; restoration procedures; HVAC; evaluation and furniture, fixtures and equipment; historical buildings; government; and healthcare facilities.

Those interested in participating on the consensus bodies should fill out the application forms found at and email them to IICRC Standards at