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Planning Ahead for Climate Change With The Global Resiliency Dialogue

May 01, 2021

As climate change makes it impossible for code developers to rely entirely on historical data, code creators and researchers are looking elsewhere in an effort to keep looking forward. The Global Resiliency Dialogue is a joint initiative “to inform the development of building codes that draw on  both building science and climate science to improve […]

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Evaluating the Adequacy of Siding Attachment

July 01, 2019

By John C. Wylie, REWC, PE; and Derek A. Hodgin, RBEC, PE, CDT, CCCA Introduction There are six sides to a building that engineers, architects, and consultants must consider during the design phase of a project. A key element is the design and installation of the exterior wall cladding on four of those six sides. […]

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Foundation Funds Update on Roof Drainage Publication

June 13, 2019

By Development Officer Rick Gardner The RCI Foundation has approved funding for the update of the 2003 edition of the Roof Drainage monograph as a result of significant changes in the International Building Code (IBC) and International Plumbing Code (IPC) standards and methods for roof drainage design. This effort is being led by IIBEC members […]

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Fenestration Hurricane Codes Effective, but Irma Illuminates Room for Improvement

April 01, 2019

By Steven Saffell For the first time, 2017 saw three Category 4 hurricanes hit U.S. shores in one season (followed by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and others in 2018). According to the Insurance Journal, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria combined caused approximately $265 billion in damage, with each hurricane joining Katrina and Sandy among the revised […]

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Wind Uplift Pressures on Low-Slope Roofs, Fourth Edition (2018)

January 01, 2019

The fourth (2018) edition of this monograph, authored by Stephen Patterson, RRC, PE, of Roof Technical Services, Inc. and Madan Mehta, PE, PhD of the University of Texas at Arlington, is a publication of the RCI Foundation and is now for sale at RCI’s online storefront at The price is only $45 for members […]

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Recent Experience Questions Storm Predictability Designation Value

January 01, 2019

The National Weather Service called the rain dropped in September 2018 during Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Virginia a “1000-year” event. Upward of 50 inches of rain fell in some areas of the Carolinas, equivalent to 8 trillion gallons of rain. The classification of 1000 years refers to probability, not history, because it has […]

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RICOWI Announces Deployment of Teams to Hurricane Michael

October 31, 2018

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced deployment of four teams to investigate the damage to roofs from Hurricane Michael in the Panama City, Florida area. This will be the sixth hurricane team deployment. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) teams arrived in Panama City to begin their research October 25-26, 2018. Team members for the hurricane […]

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RCI HQ Preps for Storm

September 10, 2018

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina, RCI staff are working on a number of contingency plans. First and foremost, instead of the half a dozen staff members who were planning to attend the Canadian Building Envelope Symposium, there will be two representatives who have volunteered to travel even though they may be stuck […]

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