Latest Articles in Code Arena

  • Editor’s Note: While Window & Door will continue to report on the codes and standards that are relevant to the fenestration community, this is the last installation of Code Arena by Julie Ruth. We thank her for her informative columns over the years and wish her much happiness in her retirement. Enjoy this farewell from the true professional who helped our manufacturers and dealers stay... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • The Online Governmental Consensus Vote could change how codes are developed
    The Final Action for the International Code Council Group B Code cycle has finally been determined. It took longer than usual for the 2016 ICC Group B Code cycle because of the addition of the Online Governmental Consensus Vote after the conclusion of the Public Comment Hearings, but it did not take as long as it did for the 2015 ICC Group A Code cycle. The OGCV after the 2015 ICC Group A Public... 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 »
  • The series of columns on the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 International Code Council Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry continues. This month’s column discusses the establishment of consistent definitions of fenestration in the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code that were approved during the 2016 ICC... more »
  • Update of ASCE 7 likely to confuse design wind pressures for residential construction
    In the last few installments of Code Arena, we’ve looked at the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 ICC Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry. This month’s column provides an overview of the proposed changes for structural design of residential buildings that were approved during the 2016 ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings. If the approval... more »