Building Codes

On February 21, 2018, DOE issued a pre-publication notice of determination that Standard 90.1-2016 would achieve greater energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code.

The budget deal that addressed our country’s short-term funding woes included several positive reforms that impact buildings.

Typically, rough-in electrical will be done before spray foam is applied, with the final connection of fixtures and other devices occurring afterward; however, it is often impossible to avoid running at least some circuits in insulated walls after the spray foam has been completed.

A new ASHRAE publication aims to improve energy savings at K-12 school buildings, titled Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy.

The Virginia Register of Regulations, issued on February 5, 2018, gives final notice of a revision to state regulations for "Standards for Planning, Design, Construction and Reimbursement of Local Correctional Facilities."

At the National Frame Building Association’s (NFBA) Frame Building Expo in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 14 – 16, SBCA’s Vogt highlighted the importance of understanding the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in projects using metal plate–connected wood trusses.

From a cost perspective, it was a record year for natural disasters in the United States in 2017. Hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands of buildings, many of them people’s homes, were destroyed.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) proposes to adopt changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code).

Thanks to a new program, young adults from low-income neighborhoods in Tennessee are receiving technical training in energy-efficient home construction practices, including weatherization, sustainability, and basic home upgrades.

The ICC recently released a summary of a code change to N1101.6 regarding the definition of an air barrier.