Updates to the International Fire Code

The 2015 update of the International Fire Code (IFC) has been published by the International Code Council (ICC) to include several critical changes designers and developers need to incorporate when planning a new structure. The publication is intended as an easy-to-use resource to assist in the application and explanation of the updated codes. It employs photos, illustrations, and comprehensive examples to explain each one of the changes in code. This is the first update after …

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New sheet metal resource released

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has released its first edition of, Architectural Sheet Metal Quality Assurance Guide. This manual is intended to act as an evaluating and inspection tool for exterior sheet metal components for both owners and professional inspectors.  Additionally, the publication contains explanations of various metals and methods of installation, the concept of redundancy, and building envelope fabrication tolerances. This manual is intended to be a supplementary text to …

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New Safety and Security Engineering published

The Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) has released the sixth edition of the Safety and Security Engineering, which contains papers from the sixth biennial international conference under the same name. It features 432 pages of safety topics, including: risk analysis, assessment, and management;

critical infrastructure protection; emergency response; security surveillance systems; safety and security; human factors; modelling and experiments; and systems safety.

These papers include works from renowned engineers, scientists, field researchers, managers, and other …

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2015 edition of ACI concrete manual out

Released by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Manual of Concrete Practice is the most comprehensive source for concrete information, containing ACI documents on code requirements, specifications, tolerances, concrete proportions, construction methods, and evaluation of test results.  The new edition also contains a reorganized 2014 version of ACI 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. The manual is available as a hard copy, a USB drive, or as an

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Updated aluminum manual published

The Aluminum Association has released the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual—the 10th edition of the resource for structural application professionals. Referenced in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), the guide provides important compliance information for engineers and construction professionals designing buildings and other load-bearing structures with aluminum. The manual is separated into various sections, and updated information includes material specifications, cast alloy strengths, testing and quality control/assurance (QC/QA). More than 30 illustrative structural design examples based …

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Energy-efficient retrofit guide available

Energy Design Strategies for Retrofitting: Methodology, Technologies, and Applications, outlines energy saving issues as well as information on the global transition to low carbon communities. Published by WIT Press, one of the issues addressed is the energy/thermal retrofit of European structures constructed between the 1960s and 1990s and primarily used as residential buildings. Case studies and examples of retrofits—including design strategies, material choice, and energy performance targets—are included. Additionally, information on urban renewal, retrofitting strategies, …

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