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  • Another new code? Yes, now in development at the International Code Council is the International Green Construction Code or IgCC, as it has been dubbed. If you thought the ICC already published a code for green construction, that was actually not a code, but a standard.  ICC jointly published the National Green Building Standard with the National Association of Home Builders in 2008. That... more »
  • Previously, reports on the International Code Council code development hearings that ended earlier in November focused on significant energy related proposals that could impact the window and door industry and the approval of a proposal to reference the Association of Millwork Distributors' side hinged entry door standard in the International Residential Code. This article summarizes the results... more »
  • To some extent, sitting in on International Code Council hearings is a bit like watching a professional baseball game. You have to know the rules, and the players involved, to actually understand what is happening. And sometimes, amid long periods of tedium, there are flairs of the dramatic. Such was the case at the code development hearings, which started at the end of October and conclude this... more »
  • Talking recently with my younger son, whose passion is physics, I explained my concerns about the continued push within the energy codes to lower the maximum SHGC, which in turns lowers the visible light transmittance of the window. There are proposals pending for the next code change cycle that would establish the maximum SHGC as 0.25 in Southern climate zones. Even with very good glass, what... more »
  • We Chicagoans are, unfortunately, all too aware of the perks expected by some elected government officials. Whether its exotic trips or payment for a truck driver’s license or a vacated Senate seat, we don’t have to go back to the days of Al Capone to find crooks in Illinois. Of course this is not unique to Chicago. Nor is the expectation unique to elected officials. Stories about... more »
  • I was discussing the American Clean Energy and Security Act with my oldest son a while back. I explained that it had started out as a bill by these two representatives Waxman and Markey, who had brought it before the House Energy Committee, where it had been passed. At the time of our conversation, it had recently been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. “So now it has to go to... more »
  • The 2009 edition of the International Codes is now available. The debut of a new edition of the I-codes usually sparks a flurry of questions about content and enforcement. It is timely therefore to devote this column to the most frequently asked questions and their answers: Is the 2008 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 referenced in the 2009 I-codes?Yes. When the phrase “I-codes... more »
  • The only constant in life is change. These include new ways of getting things done, such as the use of a smart phones to check our e-mails, or the use of a Web tools like GoToMeeting to facilitate the effectiveness of our conference calls. Many changes are made because progress in technology makes them possible and cost effective. More recently, however, the International Code Council ... more »
  • President Barack Obama, in a January speech on energy and the economy, said “These are extraordinary times and it calls for swift and extraordinary action.” Translation—I am an astute enough politician to understand that the reason I have been elected as the president of the United States is that there are a whole lot of people out there who are unhappy with the situation, or... more »
  • There is a time for planting and encouraging growth. A time to plant seeds or young saplings, water and nurture them, so that the young plants increase in size and become strong. And there is a time for trimming the new growth back, to control the growth, and to protect the plant from becoming overwhelmed by the sheer size and weight of its own increase in volume. I am speaking, of course, about... more »