About the Author
Buddy Showalter is a senior staff engineer with the Code Council's product development group. He develops technical resources in support of the structural provisions of the International Building Code and International Residential Code. Showalter reviews publications authored by the Code Council and engineering groups, while also developing publications and technical seminars on the structural provisions of the International Codes for building departments, design engineers and special inspectors. He is the project lead in the development of Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC and associated education programs, jointly developed by the Code Council and the American Wood Council. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Showalter has also been a member of the editorial board for STRUCTURE magazine for more than 15 years. Before joining the Code Council, Showalter spent 26 years with the American Wood Council where he oversaw its technology transfer program with oversight responsibility for publications, website, helpdesk, education and other technical media. He has more than 34 years of experience in the development and support of building codes and standards, publishing more than 60 technical articles for industry-related trade journals.