Building Codes

What is a Means of Egress? What is the difference between accessible means of egress and general means of egress with a building with multiple means of egress? Accessible Means of Egress is defined as a continuous and unobstructed  path of travel from any occupied portion of a facility to a public way.  Egress consists See the full article →

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Building codes define the allowable size of a building, both in area and in height. Based on the construction type and the occupancy use group. A building structure constructed of combustible materials would be limited in both size and height, more than a building with non-combustible materials (skyscraper).  It is also safer to fight fires See the full article →

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For each ARE division, candidates should be familiar with the latest edition of the following codes and standards.   International Code Council, Inc. IBC 2015: https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/toc/542/ IBC Energy Code 2015 https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/toc/545/ IRC 2015 https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/toc/553/ Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) - UL number lookup - UL code relation database  US Department of Justice - 2010 ADA Standards for See the full article →

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International Code Council (.iccsafe.org) has updated their website (2017), and they still allow you to look at the code in a basic text format with the Public Access, once you are in the free public access below the map, choose the I-Codes.   The premium access you still have to pay for.  But this is good See the full article →

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The short of it is that higher STC rating blocks more sound.  Sound Transmission Class (or STC) is an integer rating of how well a building partition attenuates airborne sound. In the USA, it is widely used to rate interior partitions, ceilings/floors, doors, windows and exterior wall configurations (see ASTM International Classification E413 and E90) See the full article →

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