Five fire tests conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Fire Research Laboratory have met with positive results.
A multi-use, multi-level building currently under construction in Whitefish, Montana, will feature an elevator shaft manufactured from cross-laminated timber (CLT) rather than the traditional choice of concrete masonry units (CMUs).
To help translate what the latest changes to building codes mean for opportunities in wood construction, the American Wood Council (AWC) recently introduced four new standards which are adopted by reference in compliance with the 2015 International Building Code (IBC).
The recent approval of the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) is of interest to design/construction professionals as it often means expanded options for structural applications. However, understanding the latest changes and allowances in various jurisdictions can also be a daunting prospect.
Buildings have an impact on people and the environment throughout their entire lifecycle, starting with extracting resources from the earth to putting them back in the earth, or burning them, at the end of their lives. To evaluate the effect of buildings in this regard, everything from the energy they consume, the waste they generate, and the carbon dioxide (CO?) they emit must be considered throughout six major cycles.
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