Building Codes

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), known as the nation’s third busiest airport, has been undergoing a major overhaul that requires adherence to strict city building codes.

The Governor of Colorado’s signing of HB10-126 is notable because Colorado is a home rule state. While this bill would allow jurisdictions to retain some freedom regarding their energy bill, it would also require them to use one of the model energy codes that were developed and published within the last decade.

A federal court cleared the path for ICC Evaluation Services to proceed with its copyright infringement complaint against the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc. when the court denied IAPMO’s motion to have the case dismissed.

Potential productivity benefits for architecture, engineering, and construction may depend on the outcome of copyright litigation by the International Code Council (ICC) against San Francisco-based startup UpCodes. The firm, which aims to reduce perceived bottlenecks in the implementation of the nation’s 93,000 building codes, faces charges that its public posting of codes undermines the public-private partnership that develops them.

Despite assurances from Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta that he will boost the number of OSHA compliance officers this fiscal year, new data shows the number of inspectors has declined.

Following the S701.1 standard update, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes has recognized the Fifth Edition as the new reference document for EPS and XPS insulation in the interim revision to the 2015 National Building Code of Canada.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially signed H.B. 2439 into law which prohibits local governments in Texas from mandating the use of only specific products, and it will allow the use of products and materials permitted in current national building codes.

Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill Friday that cities urged him to veto, saying it will change the future look of North Texas communities.

The International Residential Code (IRC) is largely a prescriptive code that lays out direction for materials and installation methods however there are items where the code carves out product provisions and limits the applicability of those provisions to a certain size building.

Colorado HB 1260 passed the Senate and Nebraska legislators have sent a bill, LB 405, to Governor Pete Ricketts.