2017 Brings in the New 2016 California Building Code

A New Code

2016 California Building Code

2016 California Building Code

On January 1, 2017, the State of California is adopting the 2016 California Building Code.  This affects the design and construction of new and existing buildings.  When and how the 2016 CBC will affect a specific building will depend on the local jurisdiction.

The 2016 California Building Code is based on the 2015 International Building Code.  Various California agencies add their own amendments to the 2015 International Building Code.  The 2015 International Building code is based on the following:

  • ASCE 7-10 including Supplement No. 1
  • ACI 318-14
  • AISC 360-10
  • AISC 314-10
  • TMS 402-13
  • TMS 602-13
  • 2015 AF&PA NDS
  • 2015 WFCM

The prior version of the building code 2013 California Building Code was based on the 2012 IBC.  Many of these code references to the 2013 CBC and the 2012 IBC have been updated.

California has its own amendments so that the 2016 CBC is a little different than the 2015 IBC.  For instance, the reference to the loading requirements of ASCE 7-10 Supplement No. 2 is added to the California Building Code.  Generally, most of the differences between the 2016 CBC and the 2015 IBC relate to school and hospital construction.

Free versions of the 2015 IBC2016 CBC, and other building codes are available.

Transitioning to ACI 318-14

One of the 2015 IBC references is American Concrete Institute’s Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary ACI 318-14.  ACI 318-14 has been completely reorganized from the previous ACI 318-11 edition.  Because of this reorganization, ACI has published free transition keys between ACI 318-11 and ACI 318-14, so that a designer can bridge the differences between the two editions.  These transition keys are in both English and Spanish.

Sources and Additional Info

In addition to the links above, additional information related to updates in the California Building Code can be found in the following references:




Jax Kneppers Talks About Mobile Collection Technology at the 2016 AACE Annual Meeting in Toronto


Toronto SkylineJax Kneppers, President and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. and Imfuna, gave a presentation entitled “Mobile Collection Technology to Create Accurate Cost Estimates” at the 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2016. The presentation was part of the annual event that spanned June 26 through June 29 that attracted cost estimators and engineers from all over the world.

Mobile Technology for Field Data Collection

The lecture focused on the following:

  • application of mobile technology for field data collection
  • database driven technology for efficient organization of data
  • advancing the professional practices by using cloud-based mobile collection technology
  • impact of mobile collection technology on the industry

Jax discussed the current practices of field data collection, which often use multiple devices such as digital cameras, dictaphones, note pads, drawings and tables, to capture different types of data. Using different  devices to separately capture dictations, measurements, notes, and photos made the entire process cumbersome. This is especially apparent when you start combining the massive amount of collected data from the different sources into a usable format. These current practices are laborious, time-consuming and inefficient.

The key to improve field data collection methods is technology according to Jax. With advances in mobile technology, one can consolidate the field tools into one device and noticeably improve the taking of photos and notes, and field sketching. Other advantages with using mobile technologies include better data resilience or integrity, and increased site mobility and safety.

Improved Inspection Efficiency

A comparison of time to complete common inspection activities between traditional methods and mobile technology methods showed an improvement of almost 64%. Since the data collected using the newer methods is digital, the speed in which reports, analyses and cost estimates were created dramatically improved.

The Team

The presentation was put together by Jax Kneppers, Dr. Borja Garcia de Soto, and Matthew Dick. Dr. Garcia de Soto has a PhD in Civil Engineering at Eidgenössishche Technische Hochschule Zürich, and has had extensive experience in civil engineering, project management, schedule analysis, cost estimating, BIM and forensic engineering. Matthew Dick is a construction consultant turned software developer at Imfuna and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.

With a vast background in mechanical engineering, cost estimating, and forensic engineering, Jax Kneppers is the president and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc (JKA) and Imfuna.

About Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. is a construction consulting company with expertise in building envelope design, forensic engineering, structural engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, and construction planning management.

About Imfuna

Imfuna is a global technology company specializing in mobile apps focusing on digital inspections for the construction and rental property industries with offices in the UK, the US and South Africa.

About AACE International

AACE International is a non-profit association that serves the total cost management and cost engineering community. They provide members and stakeholders with the resources they need to grow their businesses. AACE International began as the American Association of Cost Engineering,  and then changed its name to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Afterwards, the official name of AACE International was adopted.

National Architecture Week 2016

3D Model of BuildingEvery year, The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) celebrates National Architecture Week as a way to increase public awareness about the positive role that architects have in their communities. Below is the press release from AIA for the year 2016.


AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week, April 10-16

Contact: Matt Tinder

For immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – April 6, 2016 – National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to elevating the public’s appreciation of design and to bring attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities. This year’s National Architecture Week will bring special focus on architects’ profound ability to impact communities through design and collaboration. In support of this theme the AIA will announce the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards on April 12th. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence. More information can be found here: http://ilookup.org/architecture-week-2016/

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