Building Codes

The Engineering News-Record recently published an article exposing the ways steel groups are at odds with fire-protection-materials interests over code compliance for structural-steel floor assemblies.

Steel hangers and connectors are often installed wrong, with incomplete fastener schedules, the wrong fasteners, and compromised bearing surfaces.  This illustrated article looks at the top five hanger/connector installation problems… and how to fix them.

Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has launched a new version of the Strong-Wall® Shearwall Selector web application created to help building designers choose shearwall solutions based on up-to-date building code.

Applied Building Technology Group (ABTG) has developed a step-by-step guide for attachment of exterior wall coverings through FPIS.

APA-The Engineered Wood Association (APA) recently sent out an email containing the following misleading heading: Thunderstorm Twerks Texas Houses (they also feature this article on the APA homepage).

The following legislative and regulatory actions in New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma and California could have an impact on the building code.

Pioneers of water-blown spray foam insulation, Icynene, today announced the formal launch of its new online continuing education learning portal for architects – Icynene University.

Question: What does “or equivalent on the underside of the floor framing member” mean in the context of a 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) gypsum wallboard membrane.

The following are summaries of legislation affecting state-wide building codes in Florida and Idaho.

A recent article by Tim Healy in the Journal of Light Construction provides an installation detail on step flashing adapted from Chapter 4 of The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2013.