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BUILDING CODES of new technology ยป Development and building systems support the use of wood. A CRITICAL CODE C The building community can lower environmental impacts. BY JOHN "BUDDY" SHOWALTER iting sustainable, economic and energy efficiency advantages, a movement to build taller with wood is gaining traction around the world. Development of new technology and building systems are supporting the use of wood in more applications, and its benefits are being recognized through updates to building codes. Today, builders have the opportunity to operate within the parameters of the recently approved 2015 International Building Code (IBC), which is beginning to be adopted in 14 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 various jurisdictions all over the United States. Others are closely following research and testing that in the future will enable us to join other countries where buildings over 10 stories are being built with mass timber. Understanding all updates reflected in each new edition of the IBC, and how to engage in and influence change in future codes, can be intimidating for professionals in construction and building design. There are several ways the building design community can be involved in the process. First and foremost, builders should famil- iarize themselves with current building code requirements and design guides. Having a clear understanding of the current landscape can help inform you on how to engage in both the model building code development process as well as the code-change processes put in place by individual states. 2015 International Building Code The IBC is in use in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In June 2014, the 2015 version of the http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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