Codes & Standards

Laura M. Porinchak / August 2021

AWCI member contractors know they are not designers, but they may be put in that role at some point during the construction process. So how much do they need to know about building codes and standards? A lot. In the article that begins on page 26, contractors discuss codes and code cycles, and some of the things that influence code changes.
    
A discussion of codes and standards may put some people to sleep, but I think you’ll find our article on the subject to be revealing and very informative. The contractors we interviewed talk about how energy conservation, acoustics, thermal bridging and more have affected or inspired current codes. Some also discuss the advantage of knowing what is or isn’t up to code when you’re on the job site, especially if someone else tries to tell you how to do your job. Technical subject-experts from the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and the Gypsum Association add their thoughts regarding the code-setting process and how contractors can stay up-to-date. You’re sure to learn a thing or two from this article.
    
This also is our annual buyers’ guide issue; the guide starts on page 33. It is there you will find the list of AWCI member manufacturers and the products they make, along with their contact information. An expanded version of the guide is also on AWCI’s website at www.awci.org/buyersguide.
    
More than anything, though, I want to let you know how excited I am that AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo is being held in just two months in New Orleans. It has been since October 2019 that we have been able to host an in-person event, and we are long overdue. We have modified the convention’s program schedule to bring even more value to each attendee and exhibitor, and I think the “regulars” who have been coming to our annual event will notice the difference. The tighter schedule means less time away from the office, but all the popular favorites are still included.
    
AWCI President Burnum said it all very well in his message on the previous page: The relationships formed through AWCI experiences usually result in long friendships and, ultimately, a better industry. Beyond all the beneficial networking opportunities is the education. Attendees learn from experts during the education sessions and at the Solutions Showcases in the exhibit hall, they have input on industry and AWCI issues during the committee meetings, and they get the know all the industry’s new products and services from our exhibitors.
    
Actively participating in such a large event gives an advantage to contractors of all company sizes. Everyone returns with new information, whether it’s a tool, an idea or new technique. And sometimes it’s also coming back knowing you have a new friend who can help you out down the road when you need business advice. I look forward to seeing my old friends and making new ones this fall, and I hope to see you there. In the meantime, stay safe!