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Codes & Standards

Building Codes to Local Laws

As we start a new year with the 2024 International Building Code now available, we also start a new code development cycle. Every three years, the International Code Council starts a new iteration of updating...

Wall Fire Rating Details

I often get calls about specific fire rating details: Do I have to install this backer piece behind my control joint? Do butt joints have to be staggered? Is it OK to run wallboard vertically...

Control Joints in Interior Gypsum

This month I want to cover interior gypsum applications. The joint requirements are different for exterior applications and for portland cement plaster.

Did You Hear That?

What are the code requirements for sound? In the International Building Code, sound transmission requirements are in chapter 12, “Interior Environment.” Section 1206 of the 2021 IBC states the following: “Walls, partitions and floor-ceiling...

What’s Next in the Building Code?

Building codes are considered living documents, which means they evolve with time. The International Code Council, for example, operates on a three-year cycle. The most current edition of all the ICC family of codes...

EIFS in NYC

New York City is set to initiate a major code change that will affect the design and installation of certain types of exterior wall assemblies. The language is specific to combustible exterior wall coverings,...

Acoustics in Suspended Acoustical Ceilings

In acoustical wall design the main consideration is how much sound energy will pass through the wall itself. The wall assembly will be tested at specific sound frequencies where a unique single number will...

Horizontal Membrane Protection

Membrane protection in the context of fire resistance indicates a component in either a fire-resistive assembly or a specialized system providing the fire resistance. This definition is a prime example of how advances in...