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How You can Help ICC Adoption of ASCE 7-16

Friday, August 26, 2016

Please assist us in supporting the I-Code adoption of ASCE 7-16 and opposing the attempt to block the update to the 2016 edition of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads & Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures for the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Existing Building Code (IEBC). 

Below are excerpts from Ron Hamburger editorial, "How You can Help ICC Adoption of ASCE 7-16." The full text of the editorial will be posted on the Structure Magazine website in September .

Why Help is Needed 

The updated 2016 Edition of ASCE 7-16 includes new seismic, snow and wind hazard maps, and site coefficients which have been coordinated with the 2018 IBC. If the 2016 is not approved, the 2018 IBC will have an uncoordinated and confusing mixture of requirements: some based on ASCE 7-10 and some on ASCE 7-16. This will create major enforcement problems for building officials and general confusion for anyone attempting to follow and use the code.

How to Help

The next step in the code adoption process will occur at the Public Comment Hearings in Kansas City in October when ICC Governmental Members will vote yea or nay on this and other public comments. We urge ICC Governmental Members to vote against the public comment to ADM-94 challenging adoption of ASCE 7-16. We also urge engineers who know building officials and other ICC Governmental Members to contact them and urge them to vote against this public comment opposing the adoption of the ASCE 7-16 and support adoption of the 2016 Edition of ASCE 7.

While concern over increased construction costs is understandable, it is also important to recognize the major improvements in ASCE 7-16 including the following:

  • New wind speed maps that result in reduced wind speeds for much of the country and clarify the special wind study zones;
  • New regional snow data generated by state Structural Engineers Associations in Colorado, Oregon, New Hampshire, Washington and other mountainous states, that is now directly  referenced and eliminates many, older site-specific Case Study zones;
  • Entirely new chapter with tsunami design provisions.  

Take Action Now

Contact building officials and other ICC Governmental Members and urge them to vote against this public comment opposing the adoption of the ASCE 7-16 and support adoption of the 2016 Edition of ASCE 7.

List of Organizations that Support ICC Adoption of ASCE 7-16

  • Washington Association of Building Officials Technical Code Development Committee (WABO TCD)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency/Building Seismic Safety Council Code Resource Support Committee (FEMA/BSSC CRSC)
  • FEMA Building Sciences
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Wood Council (AWC)
  • The Masonry Society (TMS)
  • National Council of Structural Engineering Associations Code Advisory Committee (NCSEA CAC)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • Structural Engineers Association of New York Codes and Standards Committee (SEAoNY CSC)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York)
  • Institute of Building and Home Safety (IBHS)
  • Portland Cement Association (PCA)
  • Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI)
  • Concrete Foundations Association (CFA)
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
  • Mason Contractors Association of America (NCAA)
  • National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA)
  • Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI)
  • Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI)