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APA Launches Online Bracing Calculator - December 22, 2014


APA Launches Online Bracing Calculator

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has launched a free online Wall Line Bracing Calculator that streamlines the process for determining wall bracing requirements. The Wall Line Bracing Calculator’s step-by-step tool uses basic user inputs and internal calculations to determine the amount of wall bracing needed for each house plan to comply with IRC bracing requirements. It also provides a concise printable summary of the wall bracing parameters entered by the designer for inclusion in plan submittals to the code jurisdiction.

“Among the hundreds of code provisions that dictate construction, wall bracing remains one of the most confusing and intimidating,” said Tom Kositzky, APA Field Services Director. “This free online tool walks builders and designers through the process, allowing them to more easily determine the bracing method and then document the path so that all parties, including the building department, are on the same page.”

The Wall Line Bracing Calculator follows a straightforward four-step process:

1.     Enter basic project information.

2.     Add wall line information.

3.     Enter wall line segment details.

4.     Produce project report.

The easy-to-follow system automatically determines how much bracing is required, whether there is enough qualified bracing, and whether all the IRC placement rules have been met. Along with streamlining the calculations, it verifies compliance without the user having to sift through pages and pages of code.

The Wall Line Bracing Calculator can be accessed at www.apawood.org/calculator.



MBOA, Press Release - December 09, 2014

The MBOA Board would like to welcome Mr. Timothy W. Diehl to the MBOA Board. He will fill the vacant seat of Director at Large. Mr. Diehl is presently employed by the City of Rockville as Supervisor of Plan and Permits. He retired from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services after 20 years of service. He holds certifications from International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association and the National Association of fire Investigators. Welcome aboard.

Interpretation Committee - November 18, 2014

MBOA Committee Issues Second Formal Interpretation Please see members tab/committees/ interpretations.


Job Opportunity - November 05, 2014

American Wood Council   Position


Manager, Building Codes and Regulations

(Northeast Region)


Take your career to the next level and impact an entire industry!


AWC is recruiting for a Manager of Building Codes and Regulations for the northeast region. If selected, you may conveniently work from your home in the Annapolis or Baltimore area.


For more information please go to the Jobs tab


MBOA hits a trifecta at the ICC Annual Meeting - October 03, 2014

MBOA members should be proud of what our members and organization accomplished at this year’s ICC Annual Conference. First, Rich Truitt was elected to his second term as a Board member for ICC. Secondly, George Martin was inducted as an Honorary Member, and finally Region VII, which MBOA Executive Board participates, won the regional spotlight award. The Region VII meetings are held in Hagerstown Maryland. Congratulations to Rich Truitt, George Martin and hats off to all those involved at the ABM as well as all active members in Region VII. Stay tuned for more pictures and information concerning our participation at the ICC Annual Business Meeting.

New and re-elected ICC Board Directors are (from left): William J. Bechtel, Senior Building Official for Kenton County, Ky.; Richard C. Truitt, Sr., Deputy Code Director for Harford County, Md.; James E. Morganson, Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Marshal and Zoning Administrator for the city of Lake Placid, N.Y.; Jay Elbettar, PE, CBO, Building Official for the city of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Alan Boswell, CBO, MCP, Chief Building Official for the city of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and M. Donny Phipps, CBO, CFM, Director of Inspections and Building Official for Richland County, S.C.

George Martin newly selected as an ICC Honorary Member with the Honorary Members in attendance at the ICC Annual Business Meeting. George is in the second row, second from the right.

A list of ICC Honorary Members is available at: www.iccsafe.org/HonoraryMembers


From left: International Code Council Board of Directors Member and Awards Committee Chairman Greg Wheeler; Code Council Board of Directors Vice President Guy Tomberlin; Chapter Secretary Kris Bridges, accepting on behalf of ICC Region VII; and Code Council Board of Directors President Stephen D. Jones.


Press Release - May 05, 2014

The Maryland Board of Officials Association (MBOA) is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Interpretation Committee


The MBOA Executive Board recently re-instituted an Interpretation Committee in an attempt to get our members involved, and to provide consistent enforcement and interpretations.   This committee will review and publish interpretations based upon the current edition of the adopted codes in the State of Maryland.  The concept was originally developed in the late 1970’s with the creation of the MBOA Interpretations Committee.  During the inception of this committee, it made several interpretations. This committee went inactive many years ago. The MBOA Executive Committee decided to reactivate this committee last year. The Board felt that with the changes in technology since the early 1980’s (email and computers) it was time to start the program.  Bill Funk (Cecil County) was charged with the formation and development of the Committee.  A call for committee members was sent to the membership and we had numerous respondents to the request which resulted in a 10 member committee representing 10 major jurisdictions.  The interpretations which are issued from this committee are non-binding and meant to be advisory in nature. The MBOA Executive Board believes this will provide for more consistent enforcement of the codes and standards throughout the State of Maryland. All requests for interpretation can be submitted through any of the MBOA Board Members.  In the future  all interpretations will be posted on our Code Compliance Committee page and will only be accessible to members of MBOA


We are pleased to release the first requested interpretation for this year.



In a structure built of Type II B Construction, with an A-2 use group, can the bar be constructed of combustible material?  See IBC Section 603.1 Exceptions 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14.


The Committee was unanimous in the following opinion:


The bar is considered to be millwork and would be permitted to be constructed of combustible material.

2015 MBOA Board Meeting - March 29, 2013



The next MBOA Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am in Ellicott City, Howard County.                                              

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