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The Four Major Aspects of Code Compliance for Windows

Window replacement contractors need to understand four major aspects of code compliance for windows: energy conservation, safety glazing, fall protection, and emergency escape and rescue. For the first two aspects, requirements for replacement windows in existing buildings are the same as those for windows in new construction. That is, energy codes limit the U-factor and solar-heat-gain coefficient, and if the window is located in one of seven locations deemed "hazardous" by the IRC, then it must be safety glazed, typically using either tempered glass or security film. These both mainly affect the cost of the window itself. Read More at Builder Online

2019-06-17T16:12:30-04:00February 8th, 2019|Codes & Standards News|

Disaster Mitigation: Every Dollar Above Code Counts

When it comes to design and construction, it pays to invest in disaster mitigation.  That was a message from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) this week, amid its annual Building Innovation conference.  In a recent report for a multi-year study, NIBS found a national benefit of as much as $11 for every $1 invested into mitigation strategies around safety, the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life—all of which leading experts say should be a primary focus amid increasing costs for natural disasters. Read More at DWM

2019-01-18T12:47:09-04:00January 18th, 2019|Codes & Standards News|

ICC releases resilience benchmarks for buildings

Earlier this month, the International Code Council(ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) released a pilot document on community resilience benchmarks for buildings.  It focuses on providing a mechanism to evaluate a facility’s current state of resilience and a guide for possible improvements.  The benchmarks consist of nine requirements aimed at increasing resilience, including the adoption, administration, and enforcement of building codes. Read More at Construction Specifier

2019-01-18T12:45:24-04:00January 18th, 2019|Codes & Standards News|

Code change submission deadline extended to January 14

Washington, D.C., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The International Code Council extended the deadline for proposed changes to the 2019 Group B International Codes (I-Codes) to Monday, January 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.  All interested parties are welcome to submit their proposals through the code development website, cdpACCESS. Read Full Press Release at Globe Newswire

2019-01-18T12:43:18-04:00January 18th, 2019|Codes & Standards News|

CALIFORNIA GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO 2020 SOLAR PANEL MANDATE: The new requirement will cost about $10,000 per home

“It’s officially official,” says Kelly Knutsen, director of technology advancement for the California Solar & Storage Association, referring to the California Building Standards Commission’s (CBSC) unanimous vote to confirm the solar panel mandate on new homes in California, starting in 2020.  With the newly established code, California is the first state in the country to adopt the clean energy requirement.  Low-rise residential buildings, including single-family homes and multifamily dwellings of three stories or less, are required to use solar for new permits dating Jan. 1, 2020, or later. Read More at Builder Online

2018-12-18T17:57:25-04:00December 18th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

Protecting the public—and contractor—from lead paint

“Is your installed sales team certified to work on homes containing lead paint? Are your subcontractors? If not, any work you perform on such properties built before 1978 could be subject to five-digit fines.”  Attorney Blake Nelson provides a succinct rundown in LBM Journal on what you need to know about the lead paint rule, how EPA has been enforcing the rule, and what you should be doing to stay in compliance.   Find out at LBM Journal

2018-12-10T17:39:32-04:00December 10th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

Oregon Adopts Alternative Code for Energy Efficiency

(November 29, 2018) This week, the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard was approved by the Building Codes Structures Board and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use throughout Oregon.  The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements.  Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.   Read More at Code Watcher

2018-12-10T17:38:30-04:00December 10th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

Research Finds Fire-Resistant Building Codes Do Not Raise Home Prices

Homes in wildfire-prone areas around the U.S. could be built to better withstand blazes without increasing the cost of construction, according to a new report.  The research released Tuesday was sponsored in part by the insurance industry and marks the first attempt to quantify the expenses associated with building residences that meet stringent flame-resistant criteria. Few states have adopted such codes, often citing housing costs, but the new findings suggest fire-plagued communities could curb damage and save lives with minimal effect on home buyers. Read More at Insurance Journal

2018-11-30T13:29:01-04:00November 30th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

2018 International Green Construction Code Released

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) has been released by the International Code Council (ICC), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), ASHRAE, and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The IgCC is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building codes. The 2018 IgCC aligns the technical requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017-Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings, with ICC’s multi-stakeholder IgCC. Goals of the updated code are to help governments streamline code development and adoption and improve building industry standardization by integrating the two previously separate guidance documents.  As a result, the 2018 IgCC is now a unified code that emphasizes adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects. Read More at Facility Executive

2018-11-12T12:10:54-04:00November 12th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

National Database of Code Officials, Engineers Ready for Next Disaster

National Database of Code Officials, Engineers Ready for Next Disaster - The International Code Council and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) have joined forces to create a national, digital database of volunteers to assist local, state or federal entities who need skilled, trained and certified building safety professionals in the aftermath of a disaster. Read More at Code Watcher

2018-11-01T13:04:04-04:00November 1st, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

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