Industry Insights

 

Industry Insight #001: IECC 2015 Building Envelope Changes

By: Christopher Armstrong, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The IECC 2015 is the latest national model energy code published by the International Code Council (ICC) and is anticipated to be widely adopted across New England by the end of 20171. While many of the building envelope requirements for Climate Zones 5 & 6 have not changed from the IECC 2012, there are a few changes to the IECC 2015 that project teams should be aware of including...

Keywords: IECC 2015, Energy Code, Continuous Insulation, Thermal Effectiveness, R-Value, U-Factor, Ninth Edition, MA State Building Code, 780 CMR 9th Edition

 

Industry Insight #002: The IBC 2015 & NFPA 285

By: Christopher Armstrong, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Massachusetts’s adoption of the Ninth Edition of the MA State Building Code includes new requirements for when projects are required to comply with NFPA 285 acceptance criteria.  While there were revisions throughout the IBC 2015, this insight will focus on changes regarding the building thermal envelope and triggers for NFPA 285...

Keywords: IBC 2015, NFPA 285, Ninth Edition, MA State Building Code, 780 CMR 9th Edition, WRB, MCM, HPL, Foam Plastic Insulation