Volume 36, Issue 11, November 2001

Codes&Regulations

Numerous Developments at the ICC; News Regarding Codes and Standards
The chief executive officers of the International Code Council’s (ICC) statutory members (the Building Officials Code Administrators International Inc. [BOCA]; the International Conference of Building Officials [ICBO]; and the Southern Building Code Congress International Inc. [SBCCO]) have agreed to merge the certification exams of each group into a single set of national certification exams for code officials and inspectors. According to the ICC, the action is in response to the unanimous direction of the members of the three organizations at last year’s annual business meeting.

“The widespread adoption of the International Codes makes possible national standardization of professional credentials,” said Paul K. Heilstedt, P.E., BOCA CEO. “We look forward to participating in this significant milestone in the future of code enforcement.” 
Additionally, the ICC says that the first edition of the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities (ICCPC) will be available by the end of next month. According to the ICC, the publication has been in the works for five years, and represents the culmination of several interim drafts released since 1998.

The 2001 ICCPC will include approved revisions from the 2001 code development cycle. According to the ICC, it will also provide a performance-based adoption option and serve as a resource document that will help the user understand the intent of the prescriptive codes. ICC adds the ICCPC is not intended to replace any prescriptive codes, but rather work with them.
In other news, the ICC board of directors has approved the development of five new safety standards for the built environment, two of which will affect the glazing industry. According to ICC’s newsletter, the standards are the Standard for Determining Impact Resistance from Windborne Debris and the Standard for Hurricane-Resistant Construction.

Balloting for ASTM E 1300 To Begin Soon
The ASTM committee for E-06 on Performance of Buildings plans to begin balloting major revisions to document E 1300-00—Standard Practice for Determining the Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings.

Proposed revisions include the addition of non-factored load charts for polyvinyl butyral laminated glass and glass with firm support only on one, two or three sides; and glass deflection charts for each thickness and construction.

Get a Building Code Degree Online
The Building Officials Code Administration (BOCA) has partnered with Red Rocks Community College of Lakewood, Colo., to offer an online certificate program and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in building code enforcement. 

The certificate requires 30 semester hours and the AAS degree requires 60 credit hours distributed among code specific courses, general education classes and elective courses. Tuition is $122.70 per credit hour. 

ASTM Standard for Fenestration Installations Now Approved
After five years of development stages, the ASTM E 2112 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and Skylights was recently approved. According to Barry Hardman, editor of the standard, E 2112 offers about 190 pages of clear installation instructions for both retrofit and new construction, and is geared primarily toward the residential market. The standard, Hardman says, can be used with most any residential window on the market. 

“This standard is the first of its type other than the manufacturer techniques,” said Hardman. “It gives installation [techniques] for those who don’t have any.”

Hardman says the ASTM standard committee sees the window and wall as one envelope, and expects the new standard will bridge the two areas together.

BRIEFLY
Spec-Temp of Antwerp, Ohio, announced it has received architectural product certification from the Safety Glazing Council, compliant with ANSI Z97 … The Maryland Fire Prevention Commission has adopted the 2000 edition of the National Fire Prevention Association’s NFPA 1—Fire Prevention Code™ and also its 2000 edition of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®, and all their reference documents… The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved the International Code Council’s Certified Building Official exam for reimbursement under the Montgomery GI Bill.


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