Great news to end 2019! After nearly 3 years of development, committee hearings and voting, the proposed tall mass timber code changes (14 new sections) by the International Code Council [ICC] have finally been approved. While these prescriptive provisions don’t come into effect in the 2021 edition of the International Building Code [IBC], both Oregon and Washington have already passed legislation allowing these provisions to be in effect now.
Elsewhere, the Alternative Means and Materials (AMM) path provides a means in which these new code provisions may be implemented onto a project, through Authority approval process.
The 2021 IBC is expected to be released in late 2020, along with the full set of 2021 I-codes.
Holmes Fire have the expertise to assist you with developing a compliance strategy for your mass timber project and we are excited to work with these new advancements in the code to develop more successful Mass Timber projects across the US.
Learn more about the changes from American Wood Council or Contact Us to hear see how we can work with you on your next timber project.