Glossary Index of Parking Terms

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Ultimate Load

Ultimate load refers to the maximum load or force that a structure or structural component can sustain before it fails or reaches its limit of structural capacity. It is a critical consideration in structural engineering to ensure the safety and integrity of a building or structural element.

It is typically higher than the service load (see “Service Load”), which represents the anticipated loads during the structure's normal use or service life. The ultimate load is designed to account for exceptional or extreme conditions that may occur, such as severe weather events, accidents, or overloading.

Uniform Building Code (UBC)

The Uniform Building Code was a widely used building code in the United States until it was eventually replaced by the International Building Code (IBC) in 2000.

UBC Supplement

The UBC Supplement refers to the Uniform Building Code (UBC) Supplement, which was a publication that provided additional regulations, interpretations, and modifications to the base UBC.

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit research and education organization focused on land use, real estate development, and urban planning.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGCB)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization that is widely recognized for its leadership in promoting sustainable building practices and developing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. The USGBC's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsible built environment.

The USGBC provides various resources, tools, and educational programs to promote sustainable building practices. It developed the LEED rating system, which provides a framework for evaluating and certifying the sustainability performance of buildings across different categories, including energy efficiency, water conservation, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and more.

The USGBC works with building professionals, industry stakeholders, government agencies, and advocacy groups to advance sustainable building practices and raise awareness about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of green buildings. It offers professional credentials, such as LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), to recognize individuals with expertise in green building design and construction.

Through its initiatives, advocacy efforts, and collaborations, the USGBC plays a significant role in shaping the green building industry and driving the adoption of sustainable practices worldwide. Its goal is to create a sustainable built environment that promotes human health, reduces environmental impact, and addresses the challenges of climate change.