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Bob Fowler Interview

At long last we are posting a reasonably sized PDF of this interview between David Eisenberg and Bob Fowler from early 2000. This originally appeared in Building Standards magazine, published by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). Bob was chairman of the ICBO board of directors in 1994, where he initiated the consolidation of the three U.S. model code organizations (ICBO, BOCA and SBCCI) into the International Code Council (ICC). His leadership resulted in his election as the founding chairman of the ICC board. Bob's untimely death in August of 2001 was a huge loss to us and we are grateful to have this interview to remember this man, his bold vision, and pure sense of leadership. We miss him, while we dedicate this work to his memory.

Fowler Eisenberg Interview.pdf (2.8 MB)

Acknowledgement from the Codes Realm

Past International Code Council Board President Anne von Weller wrote one of her 2004 President's Messages acknowledging DCAT's work with and contributions to the building codes community, published in the May/June 2004 issue of Building Safety Journal. This accompanied the green building feature that DCAT put together for that issue of the magazine.

Ann von Weller piece.pdf (112 KB)

Straw Bale Testing

Here are links to the most recent straw bale fire tests done in Texas, where an earthen plastered wall passed the ASTM E-119 1-Hour Fire Test with Hose Stream Test, and the cement stuccoed wall passed the 2-Hour test!

Non-Bearing_Clay_Wall.pdf (2.9 MB)

Cement_Stucco_Wall.pdf (3.9 MB)

Here's a link to the video of the fire test on Bruce King's Ecological BuildingNetwork site.

Here are some older links as well:

ASTM E-119 Small Scale Fire Test (New Mexico) (264K)

ASTM E84-98 Surface Burning Characteristics report (452K)

Various Alternative Material Codes

Austin Straw Bale Code download as Acrobat .pdf (20K)
Boulder Straw Bale Code download as Acrobat .pdf (16K)
California Straw Bale Code download as Acrobat .pdf (20K)
Tucson/Pima County SB Code download as Acrobat .pdf (24K)
Tucson/Pima County Earthen Code download as Acrobat .pdf (52K)

Building Codes Survey

DCAT has completed our survey on the barriers to green building. The report “Breaking Down the Barriers,” can be downloaded in PDF format at the link below. Check back here for updates on follow up work to the survey.

Breaking Down the Barriers download as Acrobat .pdf (248K)

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(Building Standards and Building Safety Journal links are in the works)

Environmental Building News and DCAT collaborated in a joint effort in the September 2001 issue to present information on green building and codes. Gathered here are the resources referenced in the article:

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