Lavatory Exposed Pipe Insulation

Accessibility standard ANSI A117.1 requires exposed water supply and drain pipes to be insulated or configured to prevent contact. Here is a lavatory installation photographed in a Philadelphia, PA restaurant. The only insulation is installed on the..

Safety Glazing Identification

Safety glazing must be identified according to International Building Code (IBC), 2009, Section 2406.3. This applies to all glazing, not just tempered glass. Safety glazing can be plastic, laminated glass, or ceramic fire resistant glazing. Any glazing..

Fireblocking and Draftstopping

Combustible construction can provide perfect paths through concealed spaces to allow fires to spread quickly and undetected. Fireblocking and draftstopping combine to minimize these perfect paths to help protect the property and the occupants. Learn..

Uniform Stair Risers

The International Building Code (IBC) Section 1009.4.4 requires stair risers and tread widths to be uniform height and width within a tolerance of 3/8 inch throughout the entire flight of stairs. Why is this important? The reason became instantly..

Code Review Requires Tolerance Consideration

During a state code review, the following comment was issued advising the agency (Owner) of a potential difficulty if the architect designed to the code required minimum.

Wood Preservative Treatment

Drawing Note Says: Treated wood sill plate. What type - Preservative? Fire Retardant? Both are wood treatments. Know the building code to understand when the use of wood preservative treatment is required. Avoiding the requirement for preservative..

2009 International Energy Conservation Code Available Free

Today the International Code Council announced that free electronic copies of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are available thanks to funding provided the by the US Government through through the Building Technologies Program and the..

CSI Blog >> The Code Corner No. 31 (Spring 2010) - Portable Fire Extinguishers

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