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Over 100 years ago architects and designers had a problem. Beautiful homes with ornate skylights, glass-walled atriums and tropical greenhouses were in high demand despite the growing number of injuries that resulted when skylight, atrium and greenhouse glass was broken in storms and natural causes. Their first attempt was to...Read more
“Concealed Spaces” in the International Building Code (IBC) lends itself to confusion at times, but especially when the topic of fireblocking vs. draftstopping comes up. Let me explain the what, where, and how of applying these safety features to your plan designs. WHAT As a first step, let’s...Read more
One of the most frequent misunderstandings we’ve uncovered in our clients at Code Consultants International (CCI) is confusion regarding fire resistive construction and types of construction classification in the International Building Code (IBC). This is where a CCI plan review saves projects time and money, since we are familiar with...Read more
One of the tragedies of this year was the horrific fire in a west London high-rise apartment building on June 14. The fire took the lives of at least 80 people and caused more than 70 injuries. The fire reportedly spread from an apartment on the fourth floor, climbed outside...Read more
Think about it – where did you last go shopping? Most likely, it was a big box store. We are generations of code and style from the Woolworth model allowing for easy views of trees, weather conditions, and cute young couples holding hands while "window shopping." Nowadays, the box store...Read more