Editor-in-Chief Craig Webb writes on how building code enforcement officials have rejected a proposal that would have amended the International Code Council’s International Building Code. The amendment would have barred the use of fire-retardant wood in multifamily structures.
Preliminary online balloting results indicated that the amendment would be disapproved, according to an ICC summary. Once the results are certified, the ICC’s BuildingCode Action Committee (BCAC),
Had the change taken effect, multifamily builders would have had to "switch to concrete, masonry or heavy timber walls, or cold-formed steel construction to achieve the same building height and number of stories," the National Association of Home Builders said in an alert.