Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP

Structural Evaluation of Existing Foundations. The Glamorous Lives of Structural Engineers.

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019

It occurred to me as I lifted the polyvinyl moisture barrier and watched the hordes on tiny brown spiders scatter that they never told you in college that you might be spending quality time in dark, muddy, rusty, moldy places like the crawlspace pictured above.  […]

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Alterations, Restoration and Accessibility in Historic Buildings – IBC

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019

The 2006 International Building Code addresses how the code relates to modifications of historic buildings. The IBC states that “The provisions of this code relating to the construction, repair, alteration, addition, restoration and movement of structures, and change of occupancy shall not be mandatory for […]

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Mid-roof Inspection Engineer including Jefferson County and Westminster

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019

EVstudio can provide a mid-roof inspection for Colorado roofing projects, even if you’ve completed too much. Billed hourly, painless process and quick service. 303.670.7242 x4.

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Mass Walls and Required Insulation R-Value – Energy Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019

Note: This is based on the 2006 IECC and this section changes in the 2009 code, so its always important to verify which code is adopted. Mass walls are walls that provide energy efficiency through mass rather than insulative value. The mass allows them to […]

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Letter of Recommendation From the Patel’s for EVstudio

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019
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I recently received an email from one of our past residential clients and they included a nice note of recommendation: When we decided to build a new home, we had very little experience in the process. We were referred to architect Sean O’ Hara and […]

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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.

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