Building Codes

The International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association today announced the formation of the Coalition for Current Safety Codes (CCSC).

Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is among the latest in a long line of “engineered” wood products that are strong and rigid enough to replace steel and concrete as structural elements in bigger buildings.

Raised-heel trusses provide a simple, cost-effective way to meet stricter energy-efficiency codes.

A mandate in the state's building code for sprinklers in new homes is at a stand still.

On June 2, 112 fire service officials from across the country attended a manufacturing plant tour and wood truss workshop at Shelter Systems in Westminster, MD.

SBCA has updated its engineered use guidance for implementing the reduced Southern Pine lumber design values that went into effect on June 1st.

The market for alternate-project-delivery methods continues to expand as more owners and owner groups are seeing the benefits of delivery methods such as construction management-at-risk and design-build.

As the debate regarding mandatory sprinklers in new construction in South Carolina continues, a final decision on whether sprinklers will be required could take months.

Both ALSC and SPIB have responded to SBCA's requests for further information regarding lumber testing data and methodology regarding Southern Yellow Pine lumber.

A new collaborative Q&A has been issued for Registered Design Professionals regarding SPIB's Supplement No.9 to the 2002 Standard Grading Rules for Southern Pine Lumber, which provides new design values effective June 1, 2012. SFPA has also issued summary press release