The National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) released a new series of building code toolkits to help the multifamily industry meet the demand for apartment living. According to the NMHC and NAA, the toolkits are part of a wider effort to expand resources for codes and standards as the industry ramps up apartment construction.Â
The three new toolkits are:
- National Model Building Codes and Standards: Apartment Issues Tracking, which summarizes the priority issues NMHC/NAA are following in the current codes and standards development cycles, including the International Building Code (IBC), the NFPA 13R Sprinkler Standard and the ASHRAE 90.1 and ASHRAE 90.2 energy standards.
- 2012 International Green Construction Code Adoption Toolkit, which offers guidance designed to assist code officials and apartment industry representatives as jurisdictions consider adoption of green building guidelines, including specific recommendations for the adoption of the 2012 IgCC to accommodate the unique characteristics of multifamily properties.
- 2012 International Energy Conservation Code Adoption Toolkit, which provides suggested amendments for local jurisdictions adopting the 2012 IECC to accommodate the unique characteristics of multifamily properties.
In addition NMHC/NAA developed a new building code portal for the apartment industry, which is now available online.