Monday, May 30, 2016

Building Safety Month Training Recap

This month’s available training sessions were originally developed as part of the Building and Safety Division’s -Building Safety Month Events. These sessions have thus far been well received by constituents, design professionals and staff from other jurisdictions. The division thanks all participants for coming! Given the positive response, staff is working on continuing to offer these free sessions on a year-round basis.

Anyone interested in these free events is invited to check the Building & Safety Division’s web page to find a list of upcoming free training sessions. So far, the division has had presentations on Lead Safe Construction Practices, Proper Installation of Fire Caulking, How Accessibility Affects Businesses, Accessibility Overview for Municipalities, and Proper Installation of Fire Dampers. The division’s staff is looking forward to future presentations on the upcoming Code Adoption and Code Changes, Installation of Plastic Water and Gas Piping, and the New Energy Regulations. Each of these building safety presentations has given local designers and construction specialists the opportunity to interact with city staff and professional experts that work alongside various municipalities. 

We invite members of our community and anyone else that may benefit from these free events to join us. If you have ideas for future sessions or wish to express your area(s) of interest, please e-mail Mr. Jan Bear.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why Building Codes Matter

Building Codes have been around for centuries and are constantly evolving due to the knowledge gained from significant events, changes in technology and daily experiences. Today, they amount to over 2,000 pages of California codes and several thousand pages of handbooks and commentary.

To address changes in an orderly way, the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), review updates on an annual basis but only publish these revisions as new editions of codes every three years. The Sate of California and the City of Glendale each review these changes and make their own amendments every three years. The current edition is the 2014 Glendale Building Code with the next one scheduled for adoption in 2017.