Structural News

Obama Administration announces public- and private-sector efforts to increase community resilience through building codes and standards

On May 10, 2016, the White House hosted a Conference on Resilient Building Codes to highlight the critical role of building codes in furthering community resilience and the importance of incorporating resilience and the future impacts of climate change in the codes and standards development process. As part of the event, the Administration highlighted federal and private-sector efforts aimed at advancing the principles of resilience in building codes and standards, and building design.

Resilience Building Coalition releases progress report, introduces resilience principles

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and 38 other leaders of America’s design and construction industry released a report May 10 on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago. The Resilience Building Coalition also released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies.

CEO of American Bridge Company announces retirement, successor named

The Board of Directors for American Bridge Holding Company announced that President and CEO Michael D. Flowers, P.E., has decided to retire when his current term of office expires at the end of the year. The Board of Directors has appointed Paul M. Boechler as the new President and CEO, who will take over June 1, 2016.

PCA hires director of code technology

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) hired Scott Campbell, Ph.D., P.E. as director of code technology. Joining the PCA codes and standards division, Campbell will focus on the structural provisions of national model building codes and referenced standards.

Free guide explains sound isolation and noise control for steel buildings

In designing and constructing modern buildings, sound control is vital in ensuring acoustical comfort and productivity for occupants. A new resource, "Facts for Steel Buildings #4: Sound Isolation and Noise Control," available as a free download from AISC, provides building owners and designers with a basic understanding of these issues and useful tools for addressing them efficiently and economically.

Wood products, forestry endorse Timber Innovation Act

The American Wood Council (AWC), American Forest Foundation (AFF), Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) announced their strong support for the Timber Innovation Act (S. 2892).

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