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The Building Code Part 8, Means of Egress

November 18, 2011

Egress through a building is one of the key feature. People have to be able to move through the building and egress quickly in the event of a fire. Occupant loads and egress widths are of primary concern.

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The Building Code Part 7, Interior Finishes

November 10, 2011

The building code takes great measures to prevent the spread of fires throughout a building in several ways; sprinkler systems, fire walls, and also through regulating the flame spread of interior finishes.  Read more…

The Building Code Part 6, Fire Resistance Construction

November 3, 2011

Fire ratings are a critical component to building construction, as protecting the buildings occupants from fire is one of the major purposes of the building code. Fire resistance construction is outlined in chapter 7 of the 2006 IBC. There are several things to consider when looking at fire resistance construction; fire ratings; fire walls, and penetrations. Read more…

The Building Code Part 5, Types of Construction.

October 28, 2011

Another important piece of information concerning a building, is the Type of Construction. In Chapter 6 of the 2006 IBC, the Building Code breaks construction down in to 5 different types with subcategories.

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The Building Code Part 4, General Building Height and Area Limitations

October 21, 2011

In design there is a tension between the requirements of the program and what the building code will allow you to build. The heart of this tension is found is Chapter 5 of the IBC (2006)  Read more…

The Building Code Part 3, Special Requirements

October 7, 2011

Certain types of buildings have special requirements unique to them such as covered malls, hIgh rise buildings, atriums, underground buildings, and stages. These requirements are above and beyond the requirements listed in the other parts of the building code. In the International Building Code, Special Requirement for occupancies are listed in Section 4.  Read more…

The Building Code, Part 2 Use & Occupancy

September 30, 2011

Use and Occupancy need to be established first when evaluating a building against the building code. Every space needs to be broken down into one of several categories depending on what the building will be used for and they type of people that will be occupying the building. Determining the use and occupancy of a building effects other portions of the code; for example the building use and type of construction determine the building area and height limitations. (We will talk about this in future posts) Read more…