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...
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...
February 23, 2012
“Will your business survive when ‘green’ becomes code?” was the title of the webinar. The overall implication of the promotional e-mail was that green construction would soon become code-mandated due to the completion of the 2012 International Green Construction Code and that mandated compliance could threaten the survival of many businesses due to liability concerns. Now, I am not a lawyer and I...
A look at the International Building Code and International Energy Conservation Code stipulations for fenestration products
January 26, 2012
The International Codes published by the International Code Council are the most widely used model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 U.S. states, numerous federal agencies―including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense―have adopted the International Codes. Adoption of the ICC codes is also starting...
December 6, 2010
Over the past five years, green building has grown to represent 35 percent of all new nonresidential building construction, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. By 2015, that number is expected to increase to 48 percent, with the green building market valued at $145 billion, MHC officials predict. That's a big number, especially in a construction market hit hard by the recent...
Training and certification on lead-safe practices will be required for work on pre-1978 homes
January 7, 2010
The rules will affect companies doing window and door replacements, and residential glass installations.
Glass railing codes cause confusion among installers
December 12, 2008
Is a top railing required for glass railings? According to the International Code Council, the simple answer is yes. Additionally, in the event one baluster panel fails, the railing must meet the building code’s load requirement for guards, according to the ICC.
Approval could come in 2008
July 22, 2008
The Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association's proposed voluntary standard for the manufacture and installation of bath enclosures is now in the hands of the American Society for Testing and Materials in West Conshohocken, Pa., awaiting approval."The most important thing is to be in front of the [ASTM] subcommittee so they can talk about it and ballot each section of it," says Chris...
Twelve days of hearings and just the beginning
October 1, 2006
The first, and longest, set of code-change hearings for the 2009 edition of the international codes was held Sept. 20-Oct.1 in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the International Code Council of Falls Church, Va. During the 12 days of hearings, a committee heard a record 2,300 proposals to revise the international codes. Many proposals deal with energy conservation (see Glass magazine, July, p. 132);...
A European researcher compares European and North American quality standards
October 1, 2006
Last year, the European Community published harmonized standards on insulating glass units. Every insulating glass unit put on the market in the EC will carry the CE label starting March 2007. The CE mark indicates compliance with health and safety requirements set out in European directives, specified in the EN 1279 series. The letters “CE” stand for Conformité Europé...