Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Changes to prescriptive values for 2018
     The International Energy Conservation Code has evolved greatly since its first edition in 1998. Overall, significant strides have been made in improving the energy performance of buildings. Based upon analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, buildings built to the 2015 IECC use less than half the energy of buildings built to the 1998 IECC.   During this time... more »
  • Applause met the recent defeat of legislation in Connecticut that would have imposed timelines on warranty claims and required manufacturers to pay for materials and labor. From many perspectives, these requirements would have proven costly and harsh in application. While it was vetoed, it is worth asking what the legislation itself points toward and whether there is a disconnect between those... more »
  • With regard to the 2018 International Codes, one of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes. The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code required EEROs from sleeping rooms in... more »
  • 2018 IRC to include appendix for tiny houses installed on a permanent foundation
    Most people consider owning a home to be the American dream. Typically, this home would include a kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But some people dream of owning a “tiny home,” defined as a house that measures less than 400 square feet in area. The reasons for wanting to own a tiny house are many. Some people point to their low... more »
  • Our review of the 2018 International Codes continues this month with a discussion about the update of existing referenced standards. There have been numerous instances where standards that were developed through meticulous adherence to ANSI or ASTM protocols were rejected due to concerns about the standard’s content. Criteria for all referenced standards The International Code Council... more »
  • Changes to Design Wind Pressures in the 2018 IRC
    The content of the 2018 International Building Code and 2018 International Residential Code has been finalized. We can now start to prepare for the potential impact of these new provisions in the marketplace. Perhaps the most significant change in the 2018 I-codes for fenestration products will be the update of American Society of Civil Engineers 7. The 2018 IRC will refer to the 2016 edition of... more »
  • Should all parts of the law—including building codes—be freely available? This question was addressed, in part, in a recent copyright lawsuit involving ASTM and PublicResource.org. The issue was whether the standards developed and published by ASTM, and later incorporated into laws, are entitled to copyright protection. PublicResource.org is a nonprofit that places legal information... more »
  • Americans fiercely value the right to individual opinions and beliefs, and our entrepreneurial spirit has been credited to this very characteristic. However, when it comes to the development of regulations for the built environment, let’s just say compliance would be a whole lot easier if, at least once in a while, everyone could agree on one best approach. Of course, that doesn’t... more »
  • 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 all the requirements of the 2015 International Codes for... more »
  • See also Main Article Energy Performance Provisions for design loads of all exterior cladding of residential structures—including fenestration—are set forth in Section R301 of the 2015 IRC. The design loads of concern for vertical glazing are design wind load and impact resistance. Skylights and sloped glazing are also subject to snow load and dead load. Wind Loads Tables R301.2(2)... more »