Code Counts is an email newsletter for the code community brought to you by ICC. Inside each issue, you can find valuable news and perspective from the rest of the industry on matters of codes and standards, as well as resources that can help code officials do their job more effectively.
1. Mass timber and tall wood were highlighted in the May 2016 issue of Code Counts:
The Other Tall Building System
A fast-growing circle of building designers have begun to specify a new building system for mid-rise and tall building structures. The performance and safety characteristics of this building material have captured the imagination of architects and evidence of this growing phenomenon is mounting with dozens of projects being specified worldwide.
2. The July 2016 issue focused on why Wood-Frame Construction helps save lives during Seismic event:
Designing for Earthquake Safety
At precisely 4:30 on the morning of Monday, Jan. 17, 1994, a blind thrust earthquake rocked southern California for a terrifying 10 - 20 seconds. Though considered a “moderate” tremblor on the Richter scale, the Northridge earthquake registered the fastest peak ground velocity ever instrumentally recorded in North America. Property damage was an estimated $40 billion, ranking it among the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
Designing for Fire Safety
During the week of October 21, 2012, the International Code Council (ICC) approved language for the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) that declared cross-laminated timber (CLT) was approved as a building element for non-residential structures (2015 IBC 602.4).
This breakthrough codification of CLT quickly inspired a wide variety of mass timber development—from schools and offices to mid-rise/multifamily, civic, institutional, industrial and retail—and the code enforcement that goes with it. Today a new class of CLT-based mid-rise structures are in active development in Minneapolis, New York City, and Portland, Oregon.