July 28, 2017 — The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the sixth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The series is intended to highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, and its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions,” will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT).
April 5, 2017 — A new guide will soon be published that can help predict how building sealant systems will perform over time using accelerated testing methods. The standard, C1850, Guide for Improved Laboratory Accelerated Tests to Predict the Weathering and for Developing Methods to Predict the Design Life of Building Sealant Systems, was developed by ASTM International’s committee on building seals and sealants.