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1st Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on NIST World Trade Center Investigation R
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|Safer buildings¬?especially tall structures¬?that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code changes recently approved by the International Code Council (ICC) based on recommendations from the Commerce Department¬?s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The recommendations were based on the findings of NIST¬?s three-year investigation of the collapses of New York City¬?s World Trade Center (WTC) towers on Sept. 11, 2001. The changes will be incorporated into the 2007 supplement to the ICC¬?s International Building Code (IBC), a model code used as the basis for building regulations promulgated and enforced by U.S. state and local jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions have the option of incorporating some or all of the code¬?s provisions but generally adopt most provisions.|
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