The United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. While the ICC's case hasn't reached this court, other intellectual property cases certainly have. (Claire Anderson/Unsplash)

The International Code Council goes to court over free access to building codes

The International Code Council is embroiled in a lawsuit against the startup UpCodes, and the end result could affect how architects make decisions. By Bill Millard Potential productivity benefits for architecture, engineering, and construction may depend on the outcome of...
By :
Comments : Off
UpCodes AI, a program that checks building plans against building codes, is on of the subjects of a lawsuit by the International Codes Council, the nonprofit that writes model building codes used in the U.S. The ICC claims they have copyright over the codes and require a license fee for their use. All images courtesy UpCodes

A startup’s ‘spellcheck for buildings’ program is innovative. But does it violate copyright?

UpCodes, which is trying to disrupt the business of building codes, believes fair use means free access By Patrick Sisson A court case involving building codes—both how we create them, and where technology can help make them easier to understand—suggests the simple concept of...
By :
Comments : Off
Satoshi Kina Las Olas Boulevard, Miami, during Hurricane Irma

Building Codes that Promote Resilient Design Still Get a Mixed Reception | Architect Magazine

Five years after Hurricane Sandy—and in the wake of a brutal hurricane season—architects face both forward and backward momentum in their efforts to champion resilient design standards. By Mary Catherine O’Connor Just days before Hurricane Irma made landfall, Michael...
By :
Comments : Off
image cc Miamiboyz

Stricter building codes apparently passed Irma’s test

Florida has one of the nation’s strongest building codes, patterned after the code Miami-Dade County enacted after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 Mike Seemuth As Floridians recover from Hurricane Irma, preliminary evidence shows that homes built in compliance with the state’s...
By :
Comments : Off
Verónica G. Cárdenas/Chabad Lubavich Damage in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey

The AIA Urges Lawmakers to Support Strong Building Codes | Architect Magazine

AIA president Thomas Vonier implores legislators to keep an eye on the long game regarding design and construction regulations. By Wanda Lau With hurricanes Harvey and Irma behind us—and the long roads to recovery and rebuilding ahead of us—the AIA issued a statement today asking...
By :
Comments : Off
Courtesy Somchaikhun via Adobe Stock

UpCodes: Building Code Compliance Made Simple | Architect Magazine

The UpCodes database streamlines code information to help firms save time, money, and avoid construction mistakes. By Ashleigh Popera UpCodes, a searchable platform for building codes, is making code compliance easier for architects, designers, and engineers. Accessible via...
By :
Comments : Off

New App UpCodes puts building codes at your fingertips | TechCrunch

by Catherine Shu For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers of regulations that vary between municipalities. Sorting through different codes and keeping track of updates is a daunting task and, in a worst-case scenario, a mistake can cost...
By :
Comments : Off