Tag Archives: International Code Council

Building Safety Month highlights safe building practices

The theme for the International Code Council’s (ICC’s) 38th annual Building Safety Month is “Building Codes Save Lives.” Held during the month of May, the program is an international campaign to raise awareness about building safety, the importance of current codes, and the role code officials play in creating safe, sustainable structures.

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Shelter from the storm

This year is shaping up to be a record-breaking one for tornadoes and severe weather. In just the first nine months, nearly 1300 tornadoes swept across the country. Since 2009, the International Building Code (IBC) has included standards for tornado shelters. However, not until the 2015 edition did it require certain buildings in tornado-prone areas to take additional precautionary measures. New K–12 facilities with occupant loads of 50 or more, as well as critical emergency operations, are among the structures that are now required to include a storm shelter if they reside in a 402-km/hr (250-mph) wind speed zone.

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