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Building Enclosure – That’s a Wrap!

A recent article in BD+C Magazine, “Building Wrap and the Code; What you Need to Know,” cites International Building Code and ASTM codes, and describes the International Code Council-Evaluation Service’s evaluation criteria for building “wrap” (also known as WRBs, a popular method of protecting building enclosures against moisture intrusion). The article also lists key performance […]

Up in the Air – OCx and COVID-19

Energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions. Indoor air. Outdoor air. Systems, metrics and benchmarks…Local Law 97 is complicated. New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act LL97 requires buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to meet the first set of mandated energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals by 2024, or face major incremental fines every year. The […]

California 2019 Energy Code – Nonresidential Building Envelope

Envelope (Enclosure) Code Presentation The 2019 California Energy Code, aka Building Energy Efficiency Standards—Title 24, became effective on January 1, 2020. Last month (June), the California Energy Commission released this comprehensive presentation on the nonresidential building envelope mandatory and prescriptive measures now in place. BECx Checklist for Air Leakage The CEC mandatory requirements include limiting […]

Re-Occupancy Assessment – AIA Risk Management Plan for Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a seven-step risk management plan to assist design teams and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for […]

Do You Need ISO 45001 Certification? Safety/Health Standard for the Built Environment

The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Standard is an International Standard that “specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for…preventing injury and illness.” Like other ISO Standards, Certification to ISO 45001 is not required, but its contents are useful for all businesses. Certification may not […]

West Virginia Contractor Licensing Act 2020

If you work on building projects in WV, be aware of revised language requiring licensure, introduced in the January 9, 2020 legislature under House Bill 4012: It is unlawful for any person [“Person” includes an individual, firm, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity engaged in the undertaking of construction projects or any combination […]

NYC Design-Build Legislation

One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s last actions in 2019 was to sign into law the “New York City Public Works Investment Act” (A7636-B) authorizing the use of design-build contracts, as opposed to the multi-phase design-bid-build (DBB) contract method, for many public facilities. Section 4(a) of the Act includes specifications for using a Qualifications-Based […]

Philadelphia Building Tune-Up Law Passes Unanimously

As of November 21, owners of commercial buildings larger than 50,000 SF in Philadelphia are now required to conduct regular building tune-ups to improve energy efficiency performance, which will advance the city’s efforts to achieve its clean energy goals. Philadelphia is a member of the City Energy Project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources […]

BECx Providers Note: NYC Is for The Birds

One of the unintended consequences of designing elegant, light-filled glass structures is that an estimated 100 million birds are killed annually in the US as a result of collisions with buildings. NYC Audubon estimates that up to 230,000 birds are killed every year from flying into the city’s buildings. On December 9, NYC Committee on […]

ICC: Commercial Building Code Violations

The International Code Council’s 2019 Common Code Noncompliance Survey Report ranks the top commercial building code violations in construction-related trades, and details the reasons behind the violations. Building inspectors rank the top causes for issues and the categories of work where they most commonly take place: Workers that don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A contractor’s […]