Tag Archives: Building Codes

ICC releases resilience benchmarks for buildings

Earlier this month, the International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) released a pilot document on community resilience benchmarks for buildings. It focuses on providing a mechanism to evaluate a facility’s current state of resilience and a guide for possible improvements.

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Building codes save lives in massive Alaska earthquake: ICC

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2018 highlights the importance of building codes in saving lives, protecting property, and contributing to a rapid post-disaster recovery. According to a statement by the International Code Council (ICC), the earthquake did not result in any collapsed buildings, widespread damage to infrastructure, or loss of life, partially due to the strong building codes the state adopts.

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Oregon grants approval for wood buildings up to 18 stories

Oregon has become the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings under its Statewide Alternate Method (SAM). The new document, SAM No. 18-01, Tall Wood Buildings, provides prescriptive technical requirements for tall wood buildings ranging from eight to 18 stories, depending on design and construction methods.

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