The International Code Council has approved—as expected—the updated structural building-design standard, written by the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute, for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the ICC’s model International Building Code. ICC’s validation committee certified “ASCE/SEI 7-16: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures,” and ICC’s board of directors confirmed it late last month, says Mike Pfeiffer, ICC’s senior vice president, technical services.
The National Association of Home Builders and a few other groups had opposed the inclusion of the updated reference standard because of new provisions related to seismic loads; tsunami-resistant design for critical buildings; and increases in low- and flat-roof wind-pressure coefficient, mostly along the southeastern seaboard and Gulf Coast.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.