Codes & Standards Insight Bulletins

Funding for Fire Prevention Programs Before Congress
Vol. 119 | 08 August 2017

Funding for Fire Prevention Programs Before Congress

In recent comments before a congressional committee, Chief Butch Browning, NASFM President and Louisiana State Fire Marshal, emphasized the need for continued support at all levels – Federal, state, and local – for fire prevention activities. These include, but are not limited to, More…

Building Enclosure Design Reveals Energy Efficiency
Vol. 118 | 31 July 2017

Building Enclosure Design Reveals Energy Efficiency

Recently, Intertek partnered with the USGBC Central Pennsylvania chapter in a unique demonstration project designed to illustrate the difference in the energy efficiency of two comparable structures – one built to the current 2009 building code and the other built to “passive house” standards, primarily focusing on the benefit of More…

Smoke Variability and Implications of Laboratory Selection
Vol. 116 | 20 June 2017

Smoke Variability and Implications of Laboratory Selection

Since the first prototype Steiner Tunnel test apparatus was developed in 1922, and the evolution of flame and smoke tests, ASTM E84 has become one of the most common fire tests required for building materials. Recent feedback from our clients has suggested that an increase in the variability of More…

Concerns over lead-contaminated water highlights the importance of proactive testing
Vol. 105 | 02 December 2016

Concerns over lead-contaminated water highlights the importance of proactive testing

The recent issues in Flint, Mich. regarding lead and other contaminants in the public water supply, have rekindled an interest throughout the country to verify if their drinking water is safe. Lead is harmful to humans, and drinking water can be a significant source of exposure. More…

Post Installed Adhesive Anchors may soon require installation by trained-certified personnel and continuous checks
Vol. 104 | 17 November 2016

Post Installed Adhesive Anchors may soon require installation by trained-certified personnel and continuous checks

As states continue to adopt the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2014 American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318 in part or in total, Professional Engineers must stay informed. Part of the changes in the 2014 ACI 318 and the 2015 IBC is More…

New OSHA Standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure
Vol. 103 | 27 October 2016

New OSHA Standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure

In June, a new standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was put in effect regarding occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The standard is designed to reduce lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease More…

The Evolving International Building Code: What You Need to Know
Vol. 101 | 21 September 2016

The Evolving International Building Code: What You Need to Know

With the globalization of the U.S. economy and the incorporation of designers working across state and national boundaries, it is often challenging for contractors and employers to stay up to date with today’s International Building Code (IBC) guidelines More…

New Steel Bridge Codes and Standards now available from AASHTO and NSBA
Vol. 100 | 09 September 2016

New Steel Bridge Codes and Standards now available from AASHTO and NSBA

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) recently partnered to unify the diverse requirements governing steel bridge construction. This joint effort is of particular note because it includes the policies, codes, standards and specifications from More…