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Now Approved: Understanding the IBC Tall Wood Code Provisions

Wed, Feb 13, 2019 12:00 PM CST

In December 2018, the International Code Council announced that 14 code change proposals related to expanding the allowable heights and areas of mass timber buildings had been approved by its voting members. These new code provisions, which will be included as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC), create three new construction types and allow tall timber buildings up to 18 stories. This presentation will provide an overview of the new code provisions, including allowable heights and areas, fire-resistance ratings, allowances for exposing the timber structure and/or encapsulating with non-combustible materials, options for utilizing concealed spaces and more. Whether you’re a developer/owner, building designer or contractor, this session will provide the information you need to start pursuing innovative tall wood projects.


Carl Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
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