Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP

IBC Surrounding Materials Rules – Where You Need Nonabsorbent Surfaces and Wet Wall Definition

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2019

The 2006 International Building Code includes Section 1210 Surrounding Materials which specifies where you need nonabsorbent surfaces. In toilet and bath rooms you need a smooth, hard, nonabsorbent surface on all walls to a minimum of 6″. This isn’t required at dwelling units. Its important […]

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Applicability of International Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2019

The biggest question that I hear about the International Existing Building Code is “when do we use it versus the other codes”. The first answer is that you have to be doing a project in a municipality that has adopted it. Many cities and counties […]

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Jefferson County Height Restriction

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2019
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Jefferson County, Colorado has changed the way that they look at building height effective May 20th, 2008. This is the first change in this definition since 2002. Its a little hard to explain so hopefully I’m allowed to post this graphic from the Zoning Resolution. […]

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LEED Certified Buildings and Accredited Professionals

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 11, 2019

There is no shortage of talk about LEED these days so I think it merits a quick explanation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a green building rating system that has been put in place by the US Green […]

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Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 8, 2019

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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Phases of Service

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP June 6, 2019

Our website is currently undergoing a renovation and I recently uploaded a new front page. I’m seeing that the information from one of the old pages more likely belongs in the blog under the new organizational structure. So here it is, the most common phases […]

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Letter of Recommendation for University Projects

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019

One of the clients who EVstudio does work with is the University of Denver. Many of our projects at DU were done with Bill Campbell acting as the owner’s representative. He wrote us this nice letter of recommendation. Originally posted 2010-10-01 17:29:28. Republished by Blog […]

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Wind or Fallen Tree Damage Report by a Structural Engineer

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019

Unfortunately, we are experiencing some high winds as the year ends.  Although structures built in the last 20 years should have been designed to withstand a 90mph wind gust or higher in some areas along the front range it doesn’t protect the structures from falling […]

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Floor Plan for a Small House 1,150 sf with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019
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  One of our clients likes to build smaller, affordable homes that he can keep as rentals. With this project he had a relatively narrow lot and we needed to create a narrower plan with the rooms stretching out from front to back. The finished […]

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Means of Egress Hazard Categories in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019

The International Existing Building Code (IEBC) is the I-Code that covers existing buildings in depth. While the International Building Code (IBC) covers changes of occupancy in existing buildings, the IEBC goes into much greater detail. When you’re doing a change of occupancy, see if your […]

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Mixed-Use Buildings in Golden, Colorado

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 23, 2019
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EVstudio is working with one of our clients to complete two key mixed-use buildings in downtown Golden, Colorado. When complete these buildings will feature residential units, offices, commercial storefront and underground parking. We’ll post more information as they begin construction in early 2015.   Originally […]

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Windows Close to the Floor

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 23, 2019

There are a number of codes related to windows. As windows have been growing in size, and therefore getting closer to the floor, there is a new one that we’re starting to run into. The International Residential Code section R613.2 Window Sills states: In dwelling […]

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