Preorder for International Code Council’s 2021 I-Codes Now Available

Starting August 3, 2020, the International Code Council will be accepting preorders for the 2021 edition of its International Codes (I-Codes), the most widely used and highly regarded set of building safety codes in the world. Each edition of the I-Codes goes through the Code Council’s highly-respected consensus code development process that draws upon the expertise of hundreds of plumbing, building and safety experts making it possible for the use of new materials, methods and design.

When: Preorders of the 2021 I-Codes book are available now at shop.iccsafe.org. The Code Council will release its 2021 I-Codes in October 2020.

What: The 2021 edition of the I-Codes. The I-Codes provide a minimum safeguard for people at home, at school, at play, and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of modern, correlated building safety codes which regulate the architectural, structural, fire protection/life-safety, plumbing, mechanical, resiliency and energy conservation designs and systems of today’s modern buildings and structures.

Who: The International Code Council, a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training.

  • ICC Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Sara Yerkes, is available to speak with media about key updates and benefits of the 2021 I-Codes.

AWC and ICC Release Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC

The American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council have released a joint publication, Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC, providing an overview of requirements for mass timber construction as found in the 2015, 2018, and 2021 International Building Code (IBC).

The document highlights changes beginning with the 2015 International Building Code, that allow for construction of mass timber buildings with larger heights and areas than was permitted for buildings of wood construction types (Types III, IV and V) prior to the 2015 IBC. The document reviews the 2015 IBC recognition of cross-laminated timber (CLT), the reorganization of heavy timber provisions in the 2018 IBC, followed by the significant changes in the 2021 IBC and International Fire Code (IFC) for tall mass timber construction.

In addition, the Code Council and AWC will co-present two full-day courses on Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC this fall. The course will highlight provisions in the 2015/2018 IBC for Mass Timber Construction as well as provide an overview of Tall Mass Timber Construction per the 2021 IBC and 2021 IFC.

“The ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee recommendations were based on rigorous fire and life safety equivalent performance and testing. As a result, the ICC membership’s approval of tall mass timber code provisions in the 2021 IBC permit mass timber to be used in lieu of traditional tall building materials,” said AWC Vice President of Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland. “Given the anticipated demand across the country for taller mass timber buildings, this publication provides the building safety community with comprehensive explanations of the new regulations.”

“We are pleased to be collaborating with AWC on this effort to increase the knowledge of the important code changes established in the 2021 IBC,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson.  “Building safety is more important than ever and this publication serves as an excellent resource for code officials to assist with the growing mass timber construction.”

The Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC publication is available for purchase through the Code Council store. You can sign up for the fall course through the Learning Center.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

About the American Wood Council

The American Wood Council is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides almost 450,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations

ICC-ES Applauds U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement, Offers Conformity Assessment Service in All Three Countries

Brea, Calif. – Effective July 1, the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), negotiated to replace NAFTA, officially entered into force.  ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) certifies products in all three USMCA markets and will continue to offer evaluation services in North America under the agreement.

The new Agreement is beneficial for North American workers and businesses by creating more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports economic growth. The standards, conformity assessment and Good Regulatory Practices chapters of USMCA include stronger language that will aid in future bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.

In the area of conformity assessment, where accreditation is and will continue to be a government function in both Canada and Mexico, manufacturers will have the option of using ICC-ES. ICC-ES is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and EMA for Mexico with relevant scopes in all three countries.

U.S.-based building products manufacturers and standards developers should be encouraged by this increased harmonization in the area of standards to seek opportunities to access the construction sectors in Canada and Mexico. ICC-ES is available to help streamline the process and provide a one-stop-shop for testing, listing and evaluation service.

About ICC Evaluation Service

The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the Code Council family of solutions, is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. ICC-ES evaluation reportsbuilding product listings and plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and solar thermal product listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards.

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

International Code Council and SEAOC release new seismic design manuals

Washington, D.C.  – The International Code Council and the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) have partnered to release a joint publication of the 2018 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals. The updated series provides a guided approach to applying the structural provisions of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and referenced standards.

This updated, four-volume series includes:

  • Volume 1: Code Application Examples – Volume 1 contains code application examples based on the IBC and ASCE 7-16, including determination of seismic irregularities, combinations of structural systems, determination of drift, support of discontinuous systems and analysis of seismic forces applied to equipment, nonstructural elements and nonbuilding structures.
  • Volume 2: Examples for Light-Frame, Tilt-up and Masonry Buildings – Volume 2 contains code application examples of light-frame, tilt-up and masonry construction. Diaphragm flexibility, center of mass, collectors and chords, deflection and anchorage are discussed through examples. In- and out-of-plane seismic loads are analyzed.
  • Volume 3: Examples for Concrete Buildings – Volume 3 contains code application examples of concrete construction. Moment frames, braced frames and shear wall construction are analyzed.
  • Volume 4: Examples for Steel-Framed Buildings – Volume 4 details sample structures with steel moment frames or braced frames and steel connections.

“Providing resources that aid the career development of building industry professionals is key to our efforts to welcome the next generation of industry leaders,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson. “This collection is an excellent reference and study guide for the NCEES Structural Exam. Each volume of the Structural/Seismic Design Manual collection serves as an invaluable resource for civil and structural engineers, architects, academics and students.”

“We are excited for the release of the 2018 Structural/Seismic Design Manuals and the guidance they will provide to structural engineers,” said Katy Briggs, SE, SEAOC Project Co-Manager. “In addition to updates to previously published design examples, new design examples have been added throughout the four manuals to address structural engineering challenges.”

“This new edition will provide much-need guidance on numerous topics, including new seismic design provisions in the latest International Building Code, ASCE 7, and material standards,” added SEAOC President Rafael Sabelli, SE. “This will be an important resource for engineers working to learn and apply those requirements.”

The 2018 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals are available for purchase through the Code Council store individually or as a collection in both print and a new eBook format to use on any device. Code Council eBooks provide instant access to references and codes both online and offline with a full suite of study tools. Visit www.iccsafe.org/ebook for more information.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

About the Structural Engineers Association of California

The 3,500 members of SEAOC include California-licensed Structural Engineers, engineers who practice structural engineering, researchers, teachers, students, industry members, associate and affiliate members committed to improving the safety and resilience of the built environment. SEAOC is respected as an authoritative world leader in the practice of structural and earthquake engineering and as a nationally influential participant in structural code and standard development.

International building code development/research organizations agree to cooperate on enhancing resilience through codes

Washington, D.C. – The Australian Building Codes Board, the National Research Council of Canada, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and International Code Council today publicly released the statement of outcomes that emerged from the recently-launched global initiative on building resilience. While the world – including the building safety community – continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is recognition that risks to buildings and communities caused by increasingly intense severe weather events do not disappear and must continue to be addressed. Following a devastating bushfire season in Australia and on the cusp of the summer hurricane season, the launch of the global resiliency dialogue represents a commitment by the four organizations to collaborate in the development of building codes that draw on both building science and climate science to improve the resilience of buildings and communities to intensifying risks from weather-related natural hazards.

The document that was released today, Findings on Changing Risk and Building Codes, emphasizes that building codes need to evolve to address new weather-related risks to minimize human suffering, loss of life, and economic loss. The findings, along with the desired outcomes of collaboration by the signatories, are applicable throughout the world. The leaders of this initiative are encouraging other governments and non-governmental organizations to join in endorsing the collaborative work. Organizations may learn more and endorse the initiative through an online submission process at www.globalresiliency.org.

In addition to collaborating to support research initiatives and information sharing that will help promote more resilient buildings, the group is now embarking on the development of international building resilience guidelines, designed to be globally applicable.

“The issuance of this international statement elevates the Code Council’s building safety mission and provides a platform for a valuable exchange of resources and best practices with like-minded organizations around the world, as well as for expanding the benefit of the advanced research being conducted by our partners,” said Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “We will continue to engage stakeholders as well as the private sector to achieve maximum impact and contribution to this global resilience initiative.”

Neil Savery, Chief Executive of the Australian Building Codes Board added, “In supporting the outcomes statement, the ABCB leadership committed to continued collaboration with its colleagues from America, New Zealand and Canada.  The opportunity to share information, experience and development of building code content and standards for natural hazards that are common to each country, can help create more resilient buildings, as well as contribute to mitigating the environmental impacts of buildings.  As the outcomes statement identifies, building codes already establish a significant level of occupant and public safety, and need to remain contemporary, but it is important to note that they cannot guarantee this given the nature of extreme weather events.”

Michel Dumoulin, Vice-President, Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada, noted ”We are committed to ensuring our buildings and infrastructure are built to be resilient, and remain dedicated to this through our support for the initiative and the exchange of international best practices that will benefit our partners across the globe.”

Following the approval of the New Zealand Government’s endorsement of the findings by the Honorable Minister Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building and Construction, the Manager of Building Performance and Engineering and Building for Climate Change programme lead Dave Robson noted, “We are excited to be part of this initiative and look forward to supporting its growth and development in the coming years. Gathering information and insights from other countries will help us develop responses to climate change in New Zealand and support our Pacific neighbors. International collaboration and coordinated responses are critical to managing risks buildings and communities across the world are facing from climate change.”

Click here to download the document.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

About the Australian Building Codes Board

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a joint initiative of all levels of government in Australia, together with the building and plumbing industries. Its key objective is to oversee issues relating to health, safety, amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in buildings.  The ABCB promotes efficiency in the design, construction and performance of buildings and plumbing systems through the National Construction Code (NCC), and the development of effective regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.  The ABCB aims to establish minimum, performance-based, proportional and cost effective codes and standards, as well as promote regulatory systems that are consistent, as far as practicable, between the States and Territories.

About the National Research Council of Canada

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is Canada’s largest federal research and development organization. NRC’s Codes Canada plays a vital role in the code development process by providing technical and administrative support to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) and its related committees, which are responsible for the development of the National Model Building Codes. The NRC ensures that the best available knowledge from across Canada and around the world is brought to bear on the development of the national codes. The unique association between the NRC and the CCBFC gives the Commission ready access to NRC scientists, engineers and state-of-the-art facilities, enhancing Canada’s position as a world leader in the development of comprehensive, yet practical, construction codes.

About New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the Government’s lead business-facing agency. Its contribution to improving the well-being of New Zealanders is summarized in the Ministry’s purpose, to grow New Zealand for all.  The Building System Performance Branch is the steward of New Zealand’s building and construction regulatory system. The Branch works alongside building practitioners, government agencies, other regulators and the wider construction industry to understand what matters to the sector and to improve the regulatory system.  This includes looking at how the building regulatory system protects lives at an acceptable level of risk and cost, as well as managing the system that regulates building work and monitoring its effectiveness; reviewing the Building Code and producing documents that show how to comply with it; a dual regulatory role, with building consent authorities undertaking daily operations; monitoring the performance of Building Consent Authorities, who directly regulate building work; investigating complaints and making determinations about disputes on certain building matters; and providing advice and guidance to the Government and the wider sector on issues and topics of interest to building and construction.