Significant 2018 Code Changes for Multifamily Buildings

Multifamily buildings in the U.S. are generally constructed in compliance with state and local building codes based on the International Building Code (IBC), developed by the International Code Council (ICC), related codes such as the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), International Fire Code (IFC) and International Mechanical Code (IMC), and standards referenced in those codes. This webinar replay highlights significant code changes affecting multifamily construction in the 2018 editions of the I-Codes and related standards. In particular, changes in the 2016 edition of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures may increase the cost of construction in many areas. Other changes address significant issues in the areas of fire safety, balcony construction and accessibility.

Participants in this webinar replay will:

  • Discuss significant changes to the 2018 edition of the International Building Code and related codes affecting multifamily construction.
  • Recognize the potential impacts of the 2016 edition of ASCE 7 on roof coverings, roof framing and on design in areas of moderate- or high risk of earthquakes.
  • Review significant changes relating to fire resistance in buildings, design and construction of balconies and accessibility.
  • Review the basics of the code development process and how codes are adopted at the state or local level.


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  • Gary Ehrlich, Director, Codes and Standards, NAHB
  • Dan Buuck, Senior Program Manager, Codes and Standards, NAHB

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Gary Ehrlich

Director, Codes & Standards for NAHB

Gary Ehrlich is a Director of Codes & Standards in NAHB’s Construction, Codes & Standards department. Gary is NAHB’s primary advocate on structural design provisions in building codes and standards and one of NAHB’s point people on resilience. Gary has been at NAHB for eleven years, and prior to that was a practicing structural engineer in the Washington, DC area for twelve years. Gary is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland.

Dan Buuck

Senior Program Manager, Codes & Standards, NAHB

Dan Buuck is a Senior Program Manager in NAHB’s Construction, Codes & Standards department. Dan’s primary areas of responsibility include fire safety, electrical and accessibility provisions. Dan has been at NAHB for six years, and prior to that was a code official for the City of Faribault in Minnesota. Dan is also a Certified Building Official with ICC.


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Recorded 06/29/2017
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