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Structural changes in the 2012 International Building Code

Part I of this two-part article provides a brief overview of the more significant changes to Chapter 16 of the IBC, which covers design loads for structures.

Section 1613.5.1: Seismic Design Category A requirements

Section 1613.5.1: Seismic Design Category A requirements

EPA proposes construction site regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on its proposed guidelines to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites. The proposal would require all construction sites to implement erosion and sediment control best management practices to reduce pollutants in stormwater discharges. In addition, for certain large sites located in areas of the country with high rainfall intensity and soils with a high clay content, stormwater discharges from a construction site would be required to meet a numeric limit on the allowable level of turbidity.

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