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.
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?
The extension of product use risk to you is an aspect that is rarely if ever reviewed. This is often because there are the more pressing needs of daily business to tend to. Additionally, since this risk has not presented itself in the past there is less felt need to tend to it in the future.
A general understanding of building codes helps all parties involved in design and construction understand the specific requirements involved in compliance, preventing errors, delays, cost overruns and most importantly, ensure public safety.