I opened the door to enter the office building lobby. The sound was loud and unmistakable - an electrical transformer humming away, loudly. Following the sound I found the room about 20 feet away with the door propped open to help ventilate the..
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 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..
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..
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..
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.
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..
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..