Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2003
ASCE Releases Revised Edition of Minimum
Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, SEI/ASCE 7-02
The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the revised standard, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, SEI/ASCE 7-02. The standard, which is a revision of ASCE 7-98, includes significant changes to the following sections: general provisions, load combinations, live loads, flood loads, wind loads, snow loads, earthquake loads and atmospheric ice loads.
According to the ASCE, the standard provides minimum load requirements for designing buildings and other structures subject to building code requirements.
2003 I-Codes Now Available
The International Code Council (ICC) has announced that the 2003 editions of the International Codes (I-Codes) are now available. According to the ICC, the I-Codes are a complete set of 14 coordinated, compatible building and fire safety codes adopted by jurisdictions across the United States and worldwide.
The two newest members of the I-Codes are the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) and the International Urban-Wildland Interface Code (IUWIC). The IEBC includes provisions for improving and upgrading existing buildings to conserve resources and history, and the IUWIC addresses fire spread, accessibility, defensible space and water supply for buildings near wildland areas.
Also included in the 2003 I-Codes are the following: the International Building Code; the International Fire Code; the International Residential Code; the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities; the International Plumbing Code; the International Private Sewage Disposal Code, the International Mechanical Code; the International Fuel Gas Code; the International Property Maintenance Code; The International Energy Conservation Code; the International Zoning Code; and the International Electrical Code.
NFPA 5000 Meets ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced that its NFPA 5000™ Building Construction and Safety Code meets ISO criteria for Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule. Since meeting ISO criteria, the NFPA says jurisdictions that adopt the NFPA 5000 are eligible for maximum points available.
In addition, the NFPA has announced the availability of its Certified Building Inspector (CBI) and Certified Building Plans Examiner (CBPE) programs. The CBI program focuses on site inspection of structures, also covering site inspections of excavations and enforcement/administration. The CBPE emphasises the plan review process and also addresses prior approvals, building plan and document review administration and document deficiencies.
The NFPA 5000 is part of the Comprehensive Consensus Codes™, which are expected to be available in May.
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