Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGs)

Fire trends in multifamily housing

Advances in automatic fire and smoke detection, central station alarms, and automatic sprinklers have helped property losses decline slightly in the last decade. But despite the best efforts of...

The pros and cons of solar panels

There are many ways to “go green”—vegetative roofs, lightweight construction materials, insulating materials, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are among the most popular. But what are the pros an...

Fire safety best practices for construction of 5- and 6-story wood buildings

As more builders use wood as the primary building component in modern buildings, there’s a growing concern for fire safety during the construction process. Large volumes of wood at construction...

Florida’s Investment in Building Codes Pays Off

There could hardly be a better laboratory to test the benefits of strong building codes than Florida in the first decade of the 21st century. From 2001 through 2010, hurricane tracks are a thicket ...

Working toward more resilient communities for 20 years

Mother Nature started 2016 with a bang in late January, dropping record and near-record snowfalls across the eastern seaboard. The snow was accompanied by wind gusts that reached 75 miles per hour...

Iowa, with or without the candidates

Every four years around this time, Iowa gets a lot of attention. The presidential campaign season officially starts here with the Iowa caucuses. Presidential aspirants are everywhere—speaking at...

The ebb and flow of building codes

If you’ve ever spent time in a coastal community, you know residents and businessowners pay a lot of attention to ebb and flow. Their very existence may depend on the tides — for fishing and boatin...

BCEGS Bracket Busters – Final Four!

We’re down to the last four teams in this year’s college basketball tournament, and it seems that using Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) scores isn’t the best method for...

BCEGS Bracket Busters!

March Madness is upon us as the college basketball playoffs begin. Everyone has a unique method for filling out the brackets, whether it’s loyally choosing your alma mater against their rivals,...

FLASH 2014: Revelations around resilience

Recently, ISO Community Mitigation manager Ralph Dorio and I attended the 2014 FLASH Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. FLASH , the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, is one of the country’s...