Building Codes

In partnership with AIA, IES, and USGBC and with support from the DOE, ASHRAE is developing a new series of Advanced Energy Design Guides focusing on achieving zero energy performance.   

The EPA recently released the 2018 edition of Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A Guide for State and Local Governments.

Oregon has become the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings under their statewide alternate method (SAM). The SAM program is unique to Oregon, allowing early technical consideration and approval on a statewide basis.

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."

According to a recent article in Construction Specifier, more than 30 organizations from around the world have joined forces to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings.

Passive house certainly appears to offer a model that ensures that new projects are doing more good than harm to our environment, which is encouraging.

 

Designing a resilient building envelope can seem intimidating, especially with all the building and energy code requirements. And while there is no getting around the complexity of the interactions between a building’s interior, its walls, and the surrounding environment, things make more sense when you take the time to look at the fundamental physics at work.

The structural building component industry was founded on taking responsibility for its engineering work, demonstrated through sealed truss design drawings.

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.