Building Codes

When building officials, or really anyone, reject an engineer’s seal instead of following the code compliance process for alternative materials, products, designs, building system designs and methods of construction, they exceed the authority given to them by the building code or professional engineering law.

An APA report entitled, A Review Of Large Scale Wood Structural Panel Bracing Tests, states there is a wide range of OSB shear resistance performance values given the wide variety of boundary conditions that exist in real buildings.

APA states, and the SBC Research Institute (SBCRI) agrees, that test results can be affected by test apparatus and real world boundary conditions.

Competition makes everyone in a market better. That is why SBCA continues to fight for a free and fair market place that has access to accurate and transparent information and facilitates good decision making.

The performance of attics and roofs covers a big subject area, so this is the first of two articles addressing this topic. In this first article, we get every one on the same page, explaining the science and options available to builders and remodelers.

On January 3, 2013, SBCA hosted a meeting with APA to address overstated OSB design properties in the building code. Mr. Elias, who attended the meeting, responded with a letter where he discusses the concept of “standard factors” for “product equivalency.

HOK and BRE today announced plans to Americanize the BREEAM New Construction standard for the U.S. marketplace. BRE expects to release BREEAM USA New Construction for public consultation in January 2019.

Just over a year ago, a fire in London’s Grenfell tower killed 72 people and had building industries around the globe taking a closer look at fire protection. However in America, what happened to Grenfell is unlikely to occur because a building like Grenfell would not have been built in the first place.

Indiana is beginning a review of the 2018 IRC and potential updates to their current, 2009-equivalent code. An initial public meeting will be held on July 18, 2018 where the Commission will review Chapters 7-12 of the IRC which includes Chapter 11, the energy portion of the code.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, at their annual meeting in Boston, adopted unanimously a resolution endorsing America's model building energy code, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).