Building Codes

NAHB and BOMA have confirmed their support for the changes to the Code Council's Code Development Process.

The 2012/2013 ICC Code Development Process will be the first to fully implement the change where the International Codes are distributed into two, 12-month cycles

At the ALSC meeting yesterday (Oct 20), a strong coalition made up of representatives from SBCA, NAHB, NAHB’s Building System Council, the Leading Builders of America, ABC, TPI and NLBMDA provided testimony discussing the potential ramifications of the proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values and provided a wide variety of thoughts and perspectives.

The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review announced in an email memo it would be delaying its decision regarding Southern Pine design values in order to hold an additional hearing in approximately 60 days.

While such events are thought to be rare, concerns in Massachusetts about several recent structure fires involving spray foam has brought the issue of heat caused by exothermic chemical reactions during the application process into the spotlight.

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) recently announced a potential reduction of grade-marked Southern pine lumber design values for all structural end uses. For component manufacturers, there is value in immediately communicating with your customers how the potential changes may directly affect each business transaction, now and in the future.

In the past week, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) have published notices regarding a potential reduction of grade-marked Southern Pine Lumber design values for all structural end uses.

Some builders get as good performance from 2x4s as from competing systems–and for less cost–by doubling up the frame.

Four new polls in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Maine indicate state residents strongly support federal and state energy efficiency standards and policies.  

BASF announced that closed-cell spray polyurethane foam products have received hurricane-zone approval from the Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance (BNC) Department.