Assembly Spaces that Require Automatic Sprinklers

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP August 13, 2018

The 2009 International Building Code requires automatic sprinkler systems for a variety of reasons. One of the places that we commonly see a sprinkler required is in assembly spaces. In Groups A-1, A-3 and A-4; assembly areas over 12,000 sf or with more than 300 […]

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Fire Protection Ponds – Water Storage

by EVstudio AEP January 6, 2017

Another one of our Jefferson County, Colorado Grading Permit projects is almost finished with construction. This particular client came to us last year and wanted us to design a fire protection pond that would ultimately provide the required water storage volume to provide fire protection […]

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Structural Assessment of Fire Damaged Wood Structures

by Jim Houlette, PE June 10, 2016

EVstudio’s forensic engineering services include Structural Assessment of Fire Damaged Wood Structures.  We have provided observations and repair recommendations for many residential wood structures damaged by fire. We work with insurance companies and contractors to clearly identify the damaged areas, provide repair recommendations and observe […]

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Fire Resistance Treatments for Wood

by Bill Myhren, AIA, EI June 10, 2016
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Not all fire resistance treatments for wood are the same. Over the past few months, I have been learning about the differences between treatment strategies for wood. The following breakdown is a brief synopsis of those differences: Intumescent Paint Intumescent paint is a treatment applied […]

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Women In Design Event was Very Well Attended!

by EVstudio AEP November 9, 2010

Last week, I had the privilege of being one of the eight speakers at the fall 8×8 Event for Women In Design entitled “Designing with the Elements” at the Flower Garage in Denver. The entire event was very well put together and although I did […]

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Gypsum Association 2009 Fire Resistance Manual

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 30, 2010

My favorite resource for determining gypsum assemblies for fire protection is the GA Manual. The 2009 manual is now available online. It sorts fire assemblies by the location of the assembly and then by the number of hours each one provides. It also provides STC […]

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Portable Fire Extinguishers in the International Fire Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 18, 2010

The required locations for portable fire extinguishers are listed in the International Fire Code. It specifies both the spaces that are always required to have an extinguisher in the room and the number of extinguishers that you must have in the building. In Group A, […]

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EVstudio Designing a Replacement for a Fire Damaged Home

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 5, 2009

We picked up a new project today for a client who owns a property in Conifer that caught on fire a few months ago. We are going to be able to reuse a number of the building elements including the foundation walls and a couple […]

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Opening Protection and Fire Rating in Garages – Requirements for the Door and Gypsum Board

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 26, 2008

The International Residential Code specifies how garages must be separated from dwelling units in residential construction. There are rules for openings (doors), for penetrations and for gypsum board in the wall assemblies. First, you cannot have a door directly from a garage into a room […]

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