Building Codes

In October, the city council of Santa Monica, California, approved a sweeping ordinance requiring all newly built single-family homes, as well as duplexes and low-rise multifamily buildings, to have zero net energy (ZNE) consumption.

Common sense and laboratory testing say installing window bucks with exterior continuous insulation, such as foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS), is unnecessary./There are much better alternatives.

The 'fine print' is often not reviewed closely, if at all. As a consequence, exposure to risk may not be directly  and fully considered.

To help you double-down as the area’s ninja code master, here are some ‘must-bookmark’ links that can help you save time and trouble.

The latest proposed revision of ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2007 represents a new approach in residential building energy performance.

Now that the DOE has mandated all states to adopt a commercial building energy code that meets or exceeds ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, continuous insulation specifications are really being cast into the spotlight.

There are many terms used for ‘product evaluation reports’ or ‘technical evaluations.’ A generic statement typically heard in the marketplace is, “you need to have an ICC report.”

On Friday, November 18, the International Code Council sent out an email announcing it would be extending the deadline for the Online Governmental Consensus Voting period for the 2018 model code development process.

NCSEA and SBCA collaborated on S268-16 which is a proposal to modify ANSI/TPI 1-2014 (TPI 1) language as referenced in the 2018 International Building Code. 

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) has long been concerned about the lack of permanent diagonal bracing installed in roof systems.