Reactions are mixed to the revamping of the model code development process announced by the International Code Council, which publishes the widely adopted International Building Code and 12 other "I" codes. The new process maintains ICC’s three-year code-development cycle but eliminates the code supplements, published 18 months after each code. "Instead of having two complete code development cycles every three years, we are moving to one," says Tom Frost, ICC’s senior vice president of technical services. ICC says the new system reduces the length of code hearings, increases participation and allows both the code development and final action hearings to
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.