Building Codes

The first test for any new construction project is determining the building codes that will apply to it. This article will briefly outline how every project falls into one of two model codes based on the features of the structure. 

In a recent submission to Building Enclosures Magazine, PIMA president Justin Koscher briefly examines the impact the latest building codes have on making structures more resilient to natural disasters.

The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center's upcoming webinar on 2018 IECC for Existing Buildings will be held on May 22, 2019 at 12 p.m. CT.

The following article summarizes Chicago’s efforts to adopt much of the 2018 IBC, which is seen as a boon for construction in the city. Of particular interest is the allowance of the “performative method” for projects like energy retrofits.

For anyone using UpCodes or the printed version of the 2018 IBC, it is important to pay close attention to the errata when it comes to Section 1705.5.2 Metal-Plate-Connected Wood Trusses Spanning 60 Feet or Greater.

According to, adding a deck, patio, or porch to an existing home returns 90% of the money invested at the sale of the home. While an outdoor living space is something that homeowners desire, either for personal use or for potential resale value, the structural implications of adding a deck to a home constructed with floor trusses are significant. In order to prevent deck installation from becoming an issue, there are a few things components manufacturers (CMs) should be aware of if clients are interested in preemptively or retroactively installing a deck- ledger.

As ICC states the ANSI mark of distinction provides building officials what they need to know to approve an ANSI accredited agency’s technical evaluation report. Why? ANSI demonstrated that each accredited agency has the necessary competencies and has undergone a rigorous accreditation process as defined in IBC chapter 17. Accordingly, the agency meets all code compliance regulations.

What is the definition of authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) found in the building code, and what does this definition mean? The 2018 set of building codes does not provides a definition for AHJ. Therefore, this term will need to be defined using the dictionary or as a term defined in another code.

What is the definition of building official found in the building code, and what does this definition mean? The place to begin to address key definitions, which may be understood differently through interpretation, is from source documents where adoption into law occurs.

An International Code Council and American Society of Civil Engineers lawsuit is taking aim at UpCodes, a startup that aims to make code compliance easier for architects and construction professionals through a free, searchable database of regulations and accompanying tools.