Tag Archives: International Building Code

Success in the Balance: Form and function with balanced doors

Photo © Heather Collins Roe Photography

When choosing a marquee entry door system, specifiers need to consider several criteria including traffic, the building’s wind and stack action pressure, accessibility, and obstructing pedestrian traffic. Balanced doors can address these criteria with fluid opening and closing, even when strong external wind pressures and internal stack pressures. Design, frame, and tempered glass options are also discussed.

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Design of Fire-resistive Exposed Wood Members

Photo courtesy Structurlam

The article offers an in-depth look at design considerations for fire resistance when building with wood products. It also looks at wood engineering mechanics and design procedures that comply with the International Building Code (IBC), recognizing fire resistance demonstrated by structural wood beams and columns in actual fires.

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Specifying Weather-resistant Siding: Section 1405.16

Fiber cement siding complying with International Building Code (IBC) Section 1404.10, Fiber-cement Siding, shall be permitted on exterior walls of Types I, II, III, IV, and V construction for wind pressure resistance or wind speed exposures as indicated by the manufacturer’s listing and label and approved installation instructions. Where specified, the siding should be installed over sheathing or materials listed in Section 2304.6, and conform to the water-resistive barrier (WRB) requirements in Section 1403.

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Specifying Weather-resistant Siding

All photos courtesy James Hardie Building Products

Severe weather can devastate communities and cause costly damage to property, prompting those who select, recommend or influence product decisions for commercial, multifamily, institutional, and industrial buildings to seek more durable siding materials to protect against fire, wind, impact, and floods. As a result, fiber cement siding is an increasingly popular choice to satisfy requirements for both improved property protection and code compliance.

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