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  • The potential impact of the ASHRAE 189.1/IgCC merger on residential products
    At the present time, a merger of International Code Council International Green Construction Code and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 189.1, Design of High Performance Buildings, except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is occurring. The resulting document will be referred to as the 2018 edition of ASHRAE 189/IgCC. Although the intent of both are somewhat... more »
  • System glitches alter ICC code development path for 2016
    State and local jurisdiction adoption and enforcement of the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code continues to grow. As of press time, the International Code Council website reports that the 2015 IBC is being enforced either statewide or locally in five states, and the 2015 IRC and 2015 IECC in three states. At the... more »
  • “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” said 18th century poet Robert Burns. The same could be said of the ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings that took place in Long Beach, California, last fall. The intent of these hearings was to record the online ballots the governmental-voting member representatives would use to finalize the 2018 editions of the ICC Group A codes.... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association How to Use this Guide This article focuses on the requirements of the 2015 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2012 and 2015 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is not intended to be a full discussion of... more »
  • Questions about replacing windows where new construction would require Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings are common. While a recent column discussed new provisions for replacement windows in the 2015 International Codes, it did not address all possible scenarios. EEROs are required in all basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth floor of single family homes, townhouses and apartment... more »
  • About 10 p.m. the evening of June 22, 2015, I learned I was under a tornado warning via both my local news station and a weather alert on my cell phone. The words “tornado warning” mean a tornado has either been spotted or is eminent. Those words, along with the lightning show going on outside my windows, convinced me to seek shelter. I live in a ranch home over a crawlspace. Not yet being... more »
  • Our discussion this month focuses on the specific requirements for residential replacement windows found in the 2015 International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code and International Existing Building Code. These international codes require any repairs or alterations to an existing building to comply with the requirements of the applicable code for new construction. This... more »
  • How important is it to you to be able to open an exterior window and bring fresh air into an interior space you are occupying? Would you consider buying or renting a home that did not have operable windows? If you did not have operable windows in your kitchen or living room would it bother you? The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code requires interior,... more »
  • The series of columns on the new provisions of the 2015 International Codes for fenestration continues this month with a discussion about design wind speeds from the 2015 International Residential Code. The design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC has been revised to the Strength Design (SD) model. With this change, the design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC will be consistent with that... more »
  • This month’s discussion of the new 2015 International Code requirements for fenestration shifts to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2015 IECC offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home. The ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a... more »