Building Codes and their Application

James Bihr


The application of building codes regarding building construction and associated wood products is discussed with emphasis on fire protection. Buildings regulated by both occupancy and construction materials appear as either fire or nonfire rated. The Uniform Building Code provides for 3 classifications of wood constriction: Types III, IV, and V. The major fire problem in the United States is loss of life in dwelling fires with smoke detectors being utilized as a primary weapon in fire safety. A methodology is under development that would establish techniques for predicting fire performance of structures. Numerous changes to the UBC have been proposed affecting use of wood construction.


Uniform Building Code;building codes;model codes;fire ratings;occupancy;wood construction;life loss

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