In the face of organized opposition from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), ASCE 7-16 Chair Ron Hamburger, S.E., P.E., SECB, F.SEI, is urging ASCE members to contact their local building officials to ask them to support adoption of the 2016 edition of ASCE 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, when the measure is considered during the Group B Public Comment Hearings at the 2016 ICC Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO, Oct. 19-25.
“Only 6% of the proposals that NAHB opposed made it through the committee hearings intact,” the homebuilders’ association boasted on its blog…”
Inside the Lobby Against Tougher Homes, Bloomberg.com
It is especially important for the ICC to adopt ASCE 7-16 because of the following significant changes to the standard:
- New wind speed maps that result in reduced wind speeds for much of the country and clarify the special wind study zones
- New regional snow data generated by state Structural Engineers Associations in Colorado, Oregon, New Hampshire, Washington and other mountainous states, that is now directly referenced and eliminates many, older site-specific Case Study zones
- Entirely new chapter with tsunami design provisions
For more on NAHB’s efforts to block adoption of the updated standards, read the recent article on Bloomberg.com.