Codes and Standards
The Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks, is based on provisions in the 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code.
A free app that calculates the maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occup...read more
The standard offers guidance when installing fenestration products.
Growing economy means more jobs, more cars, more hours stuck in traffic.
AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.
Photo: Tall wood building student residence currently under construction at UBC in Vancouver, B.C. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects
The guide summarizes provisions for the use of wood and wood products in the 2018 IBC.
The U.S. Green Building Council says that the LEED residential market has grown 19% since 2017. N...read more
Improved safety, better adoption of electric scooters and autonomous vehicles are possible if dri...read more
Payback ranges from five to 15 years.
Other states have no ban, but have strengthened building codes for tidal wave resilience.
Photo of a pop-up park in England. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Pop-up parks that provide instant open areas for public use and programming can revitalize under-...read more
Plan including sand dunes and mechanical barriers would cost as much as $32 billion.
Researchers say program will reduce injuries, save lives.
Initiatives include cool streets, cool roofs, and broader urban tree canopy.
Enhanced data transmission will make virtual reality more effective, but 5G adoptions will increase gradually. Photo: Pexels
Virtual reality, Internet of Things, robotics, and drones will all benefit from enhanced data flo...read more
American Concrete Institute document includes major technical changes.
Study finds increased engagement and readiness for new roles.
AAMA document includes mandatory language, optional language, and detailed technical commentary....
Solutions include eliminating single-family zoning and allowing taller apartments in higher-densi...read more
Recognition that structures should be acoustically satisfying.
All must comply by January 1.
Construction industry must also invest in training, recruiting high school students.
Reducing number of parking spots frees up land for ‘more purposeful’ uses.
Wide range of solutions address numerous environmental challenges.
First to fund solar for smaller-scale commercial operations.
Confidential reporting on structural failures, near misses, and other incidents.
Climate resiliency a key theme of entrants.
Property owners face many challenges; coastal defense project plans are complex and need more tim...read more
No gas hook-ups will be allowed in new houses, apartments, and commercial buildings.
The Landmark @ One Market is one of San Francisco’s most architecturally distinctive buildings....
Pertains to fire resistance rating times.