Volume 40,   Issue 5                                 May  2005

Codes & Regulations

The International Code Council (ICC) is using findings from an investigation of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center to try and understand better what caused the collapse, and to also develop construction guidelines for protecting lives and property.

The ICC is using its code development process to address building safety and fire prevention code issues that have been raised in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) findings from its World Trade Center investigation.

“NIST has done an important service by conducting this comprehensive study,” said James Lee Witt, ICC chief executive officer. “The International Code Council intends to fully review its findings as it strives to continue to improve building safety and protect lives and property.”

ASTM International Offers Second Edition of Standards on Sustainability in Buildings
ASTM International has announced the second edition of its Standards on Sustainability in Buildings is now available on CD-ROM. The publication includes 111 standards and focuses on the design, construction and operation of environmentally sound and resource-efficient sustainable buildings. 

According to the announcement, the standards will assist federal and state agencies in complying with federal mandates that call for environmentally preferable products, energy efficiency and sustainable buildings. A list of the standards can be accessed by visiting www.astm.org and entering GREEN05 at the site search. 

The publication is designed for use by architects, government agencies, developers, planners, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, building materials and product manufacturers and more.

AAMA Announces Release of Updated Thermal Barrier Framing Systems Report
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released TIR-A8-04, a Technical Information Report on the structural performance of thermal barriers and aluminum profiles used in fenestration products.

The document was first published in 1990, and now includes a software program to assist designers in optimizing energy-efficient framing system designs. It can also help in analyzing the energy efficiency of proposed fenestration designs.

“Aluminum is the most popular material used for multi-story curtainwall, heavy commercial and architectural window grade framing, and its use in energy-efficient systems is enhanced by the integration of a thermal barrier,” said Larry Livermore, AAMA’s technical standards manager. 

According to Livermore, the new report provides detailed information about poured and debridged thermal-barrier designs and mechanically crimped-in-place designs. 

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