Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Building-Codes articles below.
Forty years ago, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the National Institute of Building Sciences when President Gerald Ford signed the Housing and Community Development Act into law on August 22, 1974.
Whoever said some things only get better with age probably was not a facility manager.
The 2015 International Codes support resiliency, safety, innovation, and affordability in the built environment.
Theme for Building Safety Month Week Three urges code officials to "Surround Your Buildings with Safety” by taking special precautions to ensure outdoor areas are safe.
Outcome-based path would focus on a building’s energy performance during operation.
IFMA President and CEO Tony Keane explains, “With the passage of the Federal Building Personnel Training Act, the U.S. federal government acknowledged for the first time in code the critical role of facility management (FM)."
Officials explain how code compliance, working smoke, and carbon monoxide alarms are key to saving lives.
This app provides up-to-the-minute information on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), facilitating material selection for roofing projects.
Report to Congress states current I-Codes are effective in reducing flood-related damage.
The following article by Jared Blum serves as a more extensive counterpoint to a piece posted on FacilityBlog on September 26, 2013.
Research suggests alternative courses of action, including the possible development of a more accurate test, the use of different flame retardant chemicals, and a range of options for mitigating the impact of the flame retardants currently used.
HR 2065 would require homeless veterans’ facilities to be code compliant.
Building Safety Month—the International Code Council’s educational public safety campaign—focuses on saving lives during high-wind events.
Presented by TFM and NEMA's enLIGHTen America Initiative, this February 14 webinar focused on energy and green codes for lighting controls. Three experts from NEMA member companies discussed technologies and strategies, how the codes figure in, and the results that can be achieved.
This compilation of codes and standards relating to the built environment is intended to serve as a resource when educating the industry, government, and the public about the regulations and referenced documents that are used when constructing buildings and facilities. Comments are due March 8, 2013.
While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Consequently, ASHRAE is working to define one clear, logical metric to move the building industry toward producing net zero energy buildings by 2030.
The UPC has joined other major plumbing codes in requiring compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 14, for plastic pipe and fittings.
The International Green Construction Code has been designed and released as the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction.
Begun in January of 1998 and completed in April of 2001, the five story, 106,000 square foot Chemical Sciences Laboratory of San Diego State University (SDSU) was a $29.5 million project. From the October 2002 issue.
To help reduce earthquake risk for buildings, Arup provides damage mitigation through advanced “beyond code” techniques.
In addition to saving lives and reducing property loss, statewide building codes based on recognized standards can protect the environment from waste caused by rebuilding after a disaster.
The PCA/IHBS ordinance provides mandatory requirements for increased resistance to natural disasters with the goal of reducing the number of destroyed buildings, protecting property, and saving human life.
Triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the tsunami in Japan that struck a 1,300 mile stretch of the country's eastern coast on Friday (2:46pm...
Richard P. Weiland of ICC stresses the importance of enforceable building codes in light of the one year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake.
This article is provided by Robert E. McLean, CAE, executive director of the Photoluminescent Safety Association (PSA).
As of June 2010, the building codes of 14 states and four territories do not meet the requirements in 90.1-2007. A total of $5 million from the DOE is available to be awarded for up to 20 states.
Drafters of IGCC are nearing completion of the first ever integrated green code for traditional and high performance commercial buildings, set for a public release in March.