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  •   My daughter, Maria, taught our family about evolution. She explained to us that when living organisms—whether plants or animals—develop characteristics that uniquely suit their survival under specific conditions, those organisms become dominant over time. Over more time, the organisms that fail to adapt cease to exist. Some refer to this as “survival of the fittest... more »
  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. The question takes an interesting twist when we consider it from a building code perspective. Code enforcement is, by its very nature, a branch of government that reaches into where we live, work and play. From the moment we wake in the morning—and even... more »
  • Under a darkening mid-day sky, the 2013 AAMA National Summer Conference came to a close, June 12. As alerts of a pending Midwestern storm mounted, various AAMA board committees and councils hastened to complete their business.   Among those groups was the AAMA Code Action Committee. The CAC’s primary business was to continue discussion and review of the public comments that AAMA... more »
  • The 2013 International Code Council Group B Code Development Hearings recently took place in Dallas, where code officials reviewed numerous proposals for changes to the 2015 International Residential Code, 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and 2015 International Existing Building Code, among others. Following is a report on the more significant results of these hearings, with... more »
  • The International Code Council has posted the code-change proposals that will result in the 2015 ICC Group B codes, including the 2015 International Residential Code, 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and 2015 International Existing Building Code. These proposals are available for review at the ICC website. While it's too early to know the results of these proposals, there are some... more »
  • “This is going to be a big one,” the retired fire official from New Jersey said. “This thing is huge, and the states it’s going to hit aren’t used to being hit by this kind of storm.” He pointed to an image of the Hurricane Sandy weather system on his laptop screen, dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to the combination of storms that had spawned it and its... more »
  • Many years ago, the Building Officials & Code Administrators organization hosted a group of Eastern European code officials who were interested in learning about code administration in the U.S. After a month of observing code enforcement American style, they were asked their opinion of it. “Too democratic” was their response. There are many freedoms we who have lived in the U.S.... more »
  • One of the reasons working with the construction codes has held my interest for decades now is that there always seems to be a new challenge. Just about the time 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... more »
  • 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.” The saying reflects the more historic action of simply stopping one’s colleague in a hallway to have a discussion. It reflects the importance of seeking out, and obtaining, feedback on what one plans to present before it’s ever... more »
  • The International Code Council Group A hearings concluded this week, with the organization making plans to allow remote voting in coming code change cycles. The hearings also saw votes on a number of American Architectural Manufacturers Association proposals covering such matters as threshold heights, wind load provisions and flashing. The ICC has established a goal of fully implementing remote... more »