Heading to Dallas TX next week for the ICC Group A Code Development Hearings. Although these hearings will deal with the International Building Code and NOT the International Energy Conservation Code or the International Green Construction Code, many of the proposals that will be considered are a result of recent changes to those two codes. For example, there are several code change proposals that deal with the fire safety risk from increased use of insulation in the exterior walls due to a more stringent IECC.
Another topic that will be addressed in several proposals is the change of wind speed model in ASCE 7-10. There are several proposals to correlate the new provisions of ASCE 7-10 to existing referenced standards such as AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440.
I will be blogging the hearing results as the hearings proceed. A webcast of the hearings will also be available at www.iccsafe.org.