Industry News (October-November 08)

The International Code Council Board approved the creation of a Sustainable Building Technology Committee to support its many ongoing efforts in green, sustainable and safe construction.

“I am proud that the board continues to be proactive on green building matters and supported creating this new committee,” said council board president Steve Shapiro.

“The board’s action is an important next step toward providing a valuable forum for the advancement of building science, as communities and industry look to the Council for guidance, technical standards and consensus in the increasingly important arena of green building,” said council CEO Rick Weiland. “It reflects the code council’s commitment to confront both the challenge and opportunity to create energy-efficient and sustainable communities.”

The SBTC will provide an open forum for discussion of sustainability and ensure code council members and stakeholders have a key voice in the critical debate. The SBTC will be charged with:

¦ Developing proposed code changes and analysis/response of related changes proposed for the code council family of codes and standards

¦ Participating in the development of council guidelines to assist members and jurisdictional authorities in implementing sustainable construction practices in their communities

¦ Providing input on related council programs such as green training and a green certification program for First Preventers, code officials who ensure buildings are safe and energy efficient

¦ Serving in an advisory role to the council’s board of directors regarding the development of new international codes or standards in support of sustainable construction practices

To learn more about the council’s proactive green initiatives, go to

CDA honors architectural award winners
A historic hotel landmark, a great cathedral reminiscent of the Middle Ages and a private guesthouse in New York’s Adirondack State Forest were among the architectural projects honored by the copper industry for innovative use of copper and copper alloys.

The Copper Development Association, in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association, announced the recipients of the North American Copper in Architecture Awards program.

Projects were selected from two categories, Historic Restoration and New Construction.

The recipients for Historic Restoration include:

¦ The Plaza Hotel, New York, N.Y.; James R. Gainfort Consulting Architects; Nicholson & Galloway; Eagle One Roofing

¦ La basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal; Architects Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier; Les couvertures St- Léonard, Inc. (contractor)

¦ Library of Parliament, Ottawa; Ogilvie & Hogg; Les Architectes Desnoyers Mercure & Associés; Spencer R. Higgens, Architect Incorporated; Heather & Little Limited

The recipients for New Construction include:

¦ Stuckeman Family Building, Penn State University, The School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture; Penn State University, University Park, Penn.; WTW Architects; Overland Partners Architects

¦ Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; Moriyama & Teshima Architects; Griffith Rankin Cook Architects; Flynn Canada, Ltd.;

¦ Inverted Guest House, Lake George, N.Y.; Peter L. Gluck & Partners
Members of CDA’s and CCBDA’s Building Construction Architectural Team judged the projects. Nearly 50 projects were recommended and approved.

“We had so many great projects to choose from throughout North America,” says Andy Kireta Jr., CDA’s vice president for building construction markets. “The hardest part was choosing the top three projects in each category. At the heart of this program is the fact that copper remains an attractive, durable and recognizable material in the building industry, whether it’s used for historic renovation or new construction.”

NRCA offers ConsensusDOCS
ConsensusDOCS industry model contract documents are now available through the National Roofing Contractors Association’s bookstore at a reduced price to NRCA members.

Published jointly by 21 construction industry organizations, the contract documents were drafted to benefit the construction industry by providing model contract language drafted with industry-wide participation. ConsensusDOCS contract series documents include General Contracting, Collaborative Documents, Design-Build, Construction Management at Risk, Subcontracting and Program Management.

ConsensusDOCS documents are intended to save all involved parties time and money by eliminating the need to renegotiate one-sided contractual terms.

To purchase ConsensusDOCS contract documents, contact ConsensusDOCS directly at 866-925-3627 or visit NRCA members who enter promotional code NRCA 200 will receive special NRCA pricing.

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