Building Code

Means of Egress Hazard Categories in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara March 27, 2018

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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Restaurants, Bars, Bakeries and Occupant Loads

by Sean O'Hara March 27, 2018

When you are designing restaurants, bars, bakeries and other food service businesses the number of occupants is a fairly important factor. Occupant loading is not determined by the actual number of people, but rather by the number of square feet in your space. You’ll have […]

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IBC Openness Requirement for Mezzanines

by Sean O'Hara February 14, 2018

EVstudio has designed a number of storage mezzanine projects  in existing warehouses, and it is important to remember the requirements for openness set forth in the IBC. Mezzanines must conform to the requirements for Openness in Section 505.2 of the 2009 IBC.   Mezzanines need to […]

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Allowable Building Height, Story and Area Tables Updated in IBC 2015

by EVstudio AEP February 14, 2018
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Updated versions of the International Building Code are published every 3 years.  On a new project, one of the first code restrictions to determine is the allowable building height, area, and number of stories. Since 2000, the International Building Code has shown the allowable building […]

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Dead End Corridors

by EVstudio AEP February 14, 2018
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One of the more novice mistakes that are made in the design of commercial buildings is the dreaded dead end corridor. This is a corridor which doesn’t lead to an exit but to a dead end where someone would have to turn around and back-track in order […]

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Type ‘A’ vs. Type ‘B’ in Residential Design

by EVstudio AEP February 14, 2018

Type A dwelling units are those that are required by and defined in the International Building Code. These units are referenced in Chapter 11 of the IBC and have to comprise at least 2% of the units in R-2 occupancies so long as there is […]

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The Importance of Specifications and MasterFormat

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

According to the Dictionary of Architecture & Construction a specification is “a written document describing in detail the scope of work, materials to be used, methods of installation, and quality of workmanship for a parcel of work to be placed under contract; usually utilized in […]

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Clear Creek County Energy Code Requirements

by evstudio December 14, 2017

Clear Creek County Colorado has three different options to choose from when submitting residential energy code requirements.  Option 1 is to use the prescriptive insulation requirements for Climate Zone 7, along with Efficient Heating Unit and Duct Sizing (Manual J and Manual D calculations).  An […]

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Which Version of ANSI 117.1 Should You Be Using?

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

ANSI 117.1 is a standard for accessibility in buildings and is referenced by the International Building Code.  The two most recent versions were published in 2003 and 2009.  Technically ANSI 117.1 is only a standard but because it is referenced by the building code it […]

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Denver Dad Saves $$$ on Post-Tension Tendon Supports Using One Simple Trick

by Calvin Curtis November 29, 2017

Last month, I discussed the need for precompression in a post-tensioned slab.  In that post, I mentioned that the code minimum amount of precompression is 125 psi for elevated slabs. I’ve also mentioned some of the various types of elevated decks in the past.  One […]

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EVstudio Mid-Roof Inspections

by Nic Snow November 20, 2017
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EVstudio is now capable of performing mid-roof inspections throughout the city and surrounding areas. Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, Boulder, Golden, Littleton, Broomfield, Thornton, and Castle Rock are among the areas requiring an inspection and allowing third-party inspections. A mid-roof inspection may be required when the […]

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Restrained versus Unrestrained Members

by Calvin Curtis November 14, 2017
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In the last several months, I’ve had many questions about what constitutes a “restrained” concrete member, and what constitutes an “unrestrained” concrete member.  The volume has been such that I’ve decided to take a break from my usual post-tensioned discussions and lay this out. This […]

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