Building code officials have voted against a proposal that would have amended the International Building Code to prohibit the use of fire-retardant wood in multifamily structures. The controversial amendment was rejected in online balloting conducted earlier this year, Craig Webb writes at Hanley Wood's Pro Sales. Once the results have been certified, Webb says, "wood interests will have dodged a bullet that was fired by mistake." The International Code Council's Building Code Action Committee had intended to reorganize and clarify a chapter in the building code, but had not intended to make any technical changes. Later, it became apparent the changes would have banned the use of fire-retardant wood in load-bearing exterior walls in certain types of buildings. Read More