March 26, 2013
Code development tends to focus on where the codes are going, rather than where they are now. This year, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code will be determined. Last year, requirements for the 2015 International Building Code were established. Enforcement of these codes, however, is not likely to begin until 2016 or later.It’s the wise manufacturer that looks down the road at where...
November 29, 2012
The Final Action Hearings on ICC Group A proposals took place October 22, 2012, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. These hearings finalized the requirements of the ICC Group A codes, including the 2015 International Building Code.In the November 2012 issue of Glass Magazine, I discussed several code-change proposals of interest to our industry that would be incorporated into the 2015...
November 5, 2012
As this article was written, the Final Action Hearings on ICC Group A proposals were about to take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. These hearings finalize the requirements of the ICC Group A codes, which include the 2015 International Building Code. Included on the agenda were some code-change proposals of interest to our industry that will be incorporated into the 2015 IBC...
October 2, 2012
Several years ago, the Building Officials and Code Administrators organization hosted a group of Eastern European code officials who were interested in learning about code administration in the United States. After a month of observing American-style code enforcement, they were asked their opinion of it. “Too democratic,” they responded. Sometimes, the rules of this “too democratic” process can...
September 6, 2012
One of the reasons the construction codes have held my interest for decades is that they always seem to present a new challenge. Just when we start to figure something out—whether it be compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, three-second gust or ultimate-strength design wind speeds, terrorist-resistant buildings, impact-resistant windows or energy efficient buildings—some new issue...
August 6, 2012
Those of us who have been involved in code development for an extended period of time have a saying: “The code is written in the hallways.”
More from the ICC Group A Code Development Hearings
July 8, 2012
The International Code Council aims to fully implement remote voting for the 2018 International Codes and will conduct a pilot program in 2014 for the development of the 2015 International Green Construction Code. Remote voting will permit active code officials to vote on code change proposals without having to attend the hearings where they are being considered. A number of questions remain as...
Important characteristics to consider when specifying glass flooring products
June 2, 2012
Jockimo's Crystal Clear glass flooring panels allowvisitors to Ontario's Waterloo Region Museum tosee the original railroad tracks beneath the floor.Floor design is by Moriyama & Teshima Architects.KW Glass Systems Inc. was the glass installer forthe project.Photo by Jockimo Inc. As the popularity of glass flooring has increased, so has the need for a standard governing its performance,...
States slow to adopt 2012 International Codes
May 7, 2012
As the adoption process drags on, the question becomes: Will there be changes to the requirements for fenestration products?
March 28, 2012
Related:Fire-rated glass codes update: Tips for architects and specifiersBy Diana San Diego, director of marketing for Safti First This list of standards is not all inclusive, and represents current standards as of April 2012. Industry organizations such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Glass Association of North America and and Insulating Glass...