Building Codes

The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition held a briefing on Capitol Hill this past Thursday.

The Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) for new-home construction and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for commercial construction.

Two amendments that would have prohibited local jurisdictions from opting out of a state requirement to have sprinkler systems in single-family and two-family houses were defeated.

The SBCA SP lumber substitution chart was created to help buyers and suppliers ascertain the lumber design values that are direct substitutes for visual and MSR/MEL grades using all species groups for 2x4 lumber.

On Friday, ALSC ruled to approve SPIB’s proposed design value reductions for SP 2x4 No. 2 Dense and SP 2x4 No. 2 Non-Dense.

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings is a more than 200-page document that aims to encourage architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking about wood construction.

Harford County (MD) has completed the legislative process of updating its building and mechanical codes to the applicable 2012 International Codes (I-Codes) prior to the state-mandated enforcement date of July 1, 2012.

A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering has launched an interactive online energy map that breaks down the patterns of power consumption in New York City.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray annouced that the District of Columbia will adopt the newest version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Albuquerque City Councilors are easing up on energy efficiency requirements for developers. They said will make Albuquerque more builder friendly, but environmentalists said the consumer will end up paying.