February 21, 2019
A recent article investigates apartment construction in the United States, and identifies that "cheap stick framing has led to the proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises -- and more from construction fires." The article traces the movement in this construction type throughout the twentieth century, which increased significantly after the year 2000, when the first version of the International Building Code was released. As stated in the article "faced with a major challenge resolving differences over building heights and areas, the responsible committee settled on a somewhat radical precept: if a building could be built under any of the three old codes, it could be built under the new one. Under the 2000 IBC, the stick-built mid-rise apartment building was free to migrate westward." And, unfortunately, reducing the fire safety provisions of the building code for a large portion of the country. To read the entire story, click here.