Building Code

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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Does Your Building Need 1 Exit or 2 Exits?

by EVstudio AEP June 29, 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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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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Seismic Testing of a Mid-Rise Wood Framed Structure

by evstudio March 27, 2018

After the destruction caused by the 1995 Kobe earthquake the Japanese government took it upon themselves to construct the world’s largest seismic testing table, often referred to as a “shake table”. This testing facility, called Earth-Defense, was built to its enormous size out of necessity. […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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The Escalating Cost of Escalators

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

Often in larger scale commercial developments, vertical circulation is handled by escalators in addition to elevators in order to move large volumes of people from one space to another. Escalators are complex truss structures with a remarkable mechanism of chained treads that move in sync […]

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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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