Building Codes

At the heart of SBCA’s mission is ensuring members stay abreast of issues in the marketplace and the Association protects and advances the interests of its members. This is often done through advocacy efforts before the International Code Council (ICC).


ASHRAE has published a standard describing a methodology to apply building energy modeling throughout the design process.

A troubling question being raised today is whether wall assemblies that pass NFPA 285 are actually safe enough. This article explores the effectiveness of the standard as it applies to U.S. construction.

As jurisdictions around the country begin to look at updating their local building codes, Component Manufacturers should make sure that their local jurisdictions are aware of an error that exists in the 2018 IBC regarding special inspections of metal plate connected wood trusses.

The following are summaries by ASHRAE and ACC of actions states have taken recently regarding the energy and/or building codes.

While this article addresses one approach to effective air sealing, a number of effective approaches to air- and water-sealing windows installed over exterior foam sheathing (very complicated by today’s standards) are outlined in step-by-step guides on

Designers worldwide are asking whether MCM material, or any wall cladding assemblies containing combustible material, should continue to be used on high-rise construction. Before any type of judgment is made, let’s review the facts behind the building fires that have been reported.

USGBC president and CEO Mahesh Ramunujam spoke to Robb Report to deliver the industry perspective on why the green movement is growing so rapidly.

Proudgreenbuilding has published the following white paper, which takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.

On April 12, John Goodrich, senior designer of Truss Engineering Corporation in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, presented to building officials in Groton, Connecticut.