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Tornado Resilience Requirements Approved.

GAITHERSBURG, MD. -- The International Code Council (ICC) has approved building code changes recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after NIST's in-depth investigation into the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011.

The changes will be incorporated into the ICC 2018 International Building Code and the 2018 International Existing Building Code. Under the updated codes, enhanced protection will be required for new school buildings and additions to buildings on existing school campuses, as well as high-occupancy structures associated with schools where people regularly assemble, such as gymnasiums, theaters and community centers. Also, storm shelters must be provided that protect all occupants from storms with wind speeds of 250 mph (112 m/s), or EF-5, the maximum intensity category for tornadoes. The new changes will apply to the most tornado-prone regions in the U.S.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:ASHRAE Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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