Building Codes

Designers worldwide are asking whether MCM material, or any wall cladding assemblies containing combustible material, should continue to be used on high-rise construction. Before any type of judgment is made, let’s review the facts behind the building fires that have been reported.

USGBC president and CEO Mahesh Ramunujam spoke to Robb Report to deliver the industry perspective on why the green movement is growing so rapidly.

Proudgreenbuilding has published the following white paper, which takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.

On April 12, John Goodrich, senior designer of Truss Engineering Corporation in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, presented to building officials in Groton, Connecticut.

A Building Research Establishment (BRE) report summarizing the investigation into the deadly Grenfell Tower fire last year in London has been leaked, and several causes for the tragedy were identified. Each of the following excerpts from the report are linked to the online report.

Justin Koscher, president of PIMA takes a close look at the many benefits of energy codes beyond energy efficiency and the resulting cost savings.

Continuous insulation (ci) and cavity insulation products are both sold with R-value ratings, but the way these two products are used in wall construction means they do not have the same effectiveness.

Mike Karceski, president of Atlas Components, Inc. in Cherry Valley, Illinois, gave an SBCA presentation to building officials and building inspectors in the city of Danville, Illinois.

NAHB members are particularly concerned about three suggested amendments that would add to the cost of construction without an accompanying benefit to the health and safety of the home owner – the stakeholders NAHB represents when they testify at these hearings.

The newest versions of IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 call for one to four inches of exterior continuous insulation depending on the building location by climate zone, even in warmer zones where foam board insulation had not previously been required.