Building Codes

“(Building officials) are educators more than we are administrators. If we do the education thoroughly, administration is easy,” says Roger Axel, a longtime building official and valued partner of the Structural Building Components Association.

If you are designing to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) or later, it’s important to take a close look at the allowable load ratings you are referencing for some companies’ connectors and hangers.

Today CI is virtually required in commercial construction.  But residential walls, typically framed with wood, not steel, have less of an issue with thermal bridging.  So is the use of CI on these types of structures worth it?  Absolutely! 

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is referenced often in the building construction industry, but those references don’t typically give a lot of context to the value ANSI provides to the market.

State legislatures in New York, Virginia and Washington have recently introduced legislation that would could have an impact on the building envelope. 

The Illinois Register, published on December 7, 2018, gives notice of amendment to existing rules which will update the state's energy code from 2015 IECC to 2018 IECC.

Alpine will launch the new VisionREZ Takeoff & Estimating Plugin compatible with Autodesk Navisworks 2019 at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV on February 19th, 201

An update of a National Institute of Building Sciences study on benefit-to-cost ratios of hazard-mitigation investments has determined an 11:1 BCR over time for jurisdictions that have adopted model building code updates versus those that still use codes from the 1990s.

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its newest version of the LEED green building program, LEED v4.1, is open for registration for both new construction projects as well as interior spaces with LEED v4.1 BD+C and LEED v4.1 ID+C.

Picture this: you’ve been tagged to design the building envelope for the next national institution.  Maybe it’s an addition to the Smithsonian, or a presidential library.  In any case, you are building for posterity, and this thing has got to last.  What do you do?