Building Code

Building Height Restrictions Vary – Always Double Check

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

One of the challenges in designing a large home is conforming with the height restrictions. The most common maximum building height is 35′ but it varies greatly. I’m seen as little as 17′ for portions of a Denver lot to unlimited building height. What is […]

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Does Your Building Need 1 Exit or 2 Exits?

by EVstudio AEP November 6, 2018
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According to the IBC and almost any other sensible building code the answer regarding 1 exit or 2 exits is almost…almost always 2 exits. The one thing we as designers take more seriously than any other danger to the safety of our building occupants is fire. Fire is […]

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Denver Engineers Not Surprised by New Post-Tension Rule

by EVstudio AEP November 6, 2018
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Good day!  Your usual post–tension maniac here, with more exciting information on post-tensioning! A few months ago, I mentioned that finishing post-tension tendons was an area of special concern, since corrosion is very much the arch-enemy of post-tension tendons.  There are actually a lot of […]

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Post-Tension Elongations: How Long is Too Long?

by EVstudio AEP September 29, 2018
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Recently, we’ve had a few projects where our post-tension elongations came up longer than expected.  As you’ll recall from my post earlier this year, elongation review is a critical part of an engineer’s acceptance of a post-tension slab.  However, I mostly concentrated on short pulls […]

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How Many Toilets and Sinks Do You Need – Plumbing Fixture Requirements

by Sean O'Hara August 23, 2018
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Have you ever wondered how a mall only seems to have one set of restrooms while an office building has nearly as many on every floor? It all comes back to the plumbing fixture requirements dictated by the building code. When we design a building, […]

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette August 13, 2018

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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Review of New Weyerhaeuser iPhone Application

by evstudio August 13, 2018
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iPhoned individuals may be interested to know that Weyerhaeuser has released a productive alternative to Fruit Ninja in the form of a deck beam sizing application (available from the Apple App Store here). This application requires only three inputs from the user to size a […]

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Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit August 13, 2018

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

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Confirmed: Treated Lumber Now Looks Quite Similar to Untreated Lumber

by evstudio July 27, 2018
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It recently while performing routine structural observations it has come to find that the process of treating lumber has changed and modern treated lumber looks quite different than that of the last 5 or so years. Below is an example of what treated lumber had […]

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Lose Weight Today! Ask Me How. – Steel Beams

by evstudio July 2, 2018

I apologize if the title is misleading. The weight I am talking about is the weight of steel beams. Why am I concerned about the weight of steel beams you may ask? The answer is that steel product suppliers typically price steel beams in terms […]

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Roofs: How Low (Slope) Can You Go?

by EVstudio AEP May 11, 2018
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Roof slope is one of those architectural features that really can define the style and character of a project. From time to time we are asked to design projects with some really low slopes. The 2009 IRC has something to say about roof materials and […]

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Archived Historic Denver Building Codes

by Sean O'Hara March 29, 2018

While researching code regulations for a structure that we are remodeling, I came across the page holding all of the adopted building codes and amendments for the City and County of Denver. They date as far back as 1881 and are certainly an entertaining read. […]

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