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Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings
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Learn to apply the International Building Code and International Existing Building Code to historic buildings

Written for architects, engineers, preservation, and code enforcement professionals, this is the only comprehensive book that examines how the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) can be applied to historic and existing buildings. For ease of use, the book is organized to parallel the structure of the IEBC itself, and the approach is cumulative, with the objective of promoting an understanding of the art of applying building regulations to the environment of existing buildings.

Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings begins with a discussion of the history of building regulations in the United States and the events and conditions that created them. Next, it provides thorough coverage of:

  • The rationale behind code provisions and historic preservation principles

  • Major building code requirements: occupancy and use, types of construction, and heights and areas

  • Building performance characteristics: fire and life safety, structural safety, health and hygiene, accident prevention, accessibility, and energy conservation

  • Case study projects that reinforce the material covered

  • Additionally, the book includes building analysis worksheets—both blank and filled-in versions with examples—that illustrate how to develop a code approach for an individual building. If you are a professional at any level who is working on creating a plan that meets the intent of the code for historic or existing buildings, Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings gives you everything that you need to succeed.

    Learn to apply the International Building Code and International Existing Building Code to historic buildings

    Written for architects, engineers, preservation, and code enforcement professionals, this is the only comprehensive book that examines how the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) can be applied to historic and existing buildings. For ease of use, the book is organized to parallel the structure of the IEBC itself, and the approach is cumulative, with the objective of promoting an understanding of the art of applying building regulations to the environment of existing buildings.

    Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings begins with a discussion of the history of building regulations in the United States and the events and conditions that created them. Next, it provides thorough coverage of:

  • The rationale behind code provisions and historic preservation principles

  • Major building code requirements: occupancy and use, types of construction, and heights and areas

  • Building performance characteristics: fire and life safety, structural safety, health and hygiene, accident prevention, accessibility, and energy conservation

  • Case study projects that reinforce the material covered

  • Additionally, the book includes building analysis worksheets—both blank and filled-in versions with examples—that illustrate how to develop a code approach for an individual building. If you are a professional at any level who is working on creating a plan that meets the intent of the code for historic or existing buildings, Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings gives you everything that you need to succeed.

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    • MELVYN GREEN, S.E., a licensed engineer in several states, is a structural engineer specializing in historic structures. President of the consulting firm Melvyn Green and Associates, Inc., for over thirty-five years, and a previous building official, he is active in building code development and education. He served on the drafting committee of the International Existing Building Code.

    Table of Contents-
    • PREFACE xi

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

      ABOUT MELVYN GREEN xv

      PART 1 INTRODUCTION 1

      CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 3

      How Are Building Codes Developed? 5

      How Are Building Codes Applied? 5

      Building Code Updates and Compliance 6

      CHAPTER 2 HOW CODES REGULATE BUILDINGS 9

      Understanding Code Approach 9

      PART 2 DEVELOPMENT OF CODES AND STANDARDS IN THE UNITED STATES 11

      CHAPTER 3 DEVELOPMENT OF BUILDING CODES IN THE UNITED STATES 13

      Local Codes 15

      Early Model Codes 15

      Comprehensive Model Codes 16

      Regional Model Codes 16

      International Building Code 17

      CHAPTER 4 DEVELOPMENT OF MODEL CODE PROVISIONS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS 19

      Regional Model Codes 19

      International Building Code 24

      Change of Occupancy Classification or Group 28

      International Existing Building Code 29

      CHAPTER 5 DEVELOPMENT OF CODE PROVISIONS FOR HISTORIC BUILDINGS 31

      Regional Model Codes 31

      International Building Code Provisions for Historic Buildings 32

      International Existing Building Code Provisions for Historic Buildings 33

      State Building Codes for Historic Buildings 33

      California 33

      Massachusetts 34

      New Jersey 34

      Federal Activities 34

      Legislation 34

      Tax Incentives 35

      Federal Agencies 35

      Conclusion 37

      PART 3 THE RATIONALE BEHIND CODE PROVISIONS 39

      CHAPTER 6 OCCUPANCY 41

      Factors Infl uenced or Determined by Occupancy 41

      Fire Safety Factors 41

      Structural Factors 42

      General Health and Safety Factors 42

      Occupancy Classifications 42

      Assembly Occupancies—roup A 43

      Business Occupancies—roup B 46

      Educational Occupancies—roup E 47

      Factory and Industrial Occupancies—roup F 47

      High-hazard Occupancies—roup H 50

      Institutional Occupancies—roup I 51

      Mercantile Occupancies—roup M 55

      Residential Occupancies—roup R 56

      Storage Occupancies—roup S 58

      Utility and Miscellaneous Occupancies—roup U 61

      Occupancy Classifi cations in Previous Building Codes 61

      CHAPTER 7 PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION FACTORS 63

      Siting 63

      Fire Concerns 63

      Health and Habitability 64

      Type of Construction and Materials 64

      Type Construction Requirements 65

      Fire Concerns 69

      Health and Habitability 71

      Building and Component Size 71

      Fire Concerns 72

      Health and Habitability 72

      PART 4 HOW CODES REGULATE EXISTING BUILDINGS 73

      CHAPTER 8 PRINCIPLES OF REGULATING EXISTING BUILDINGS 75

      What Do You Need to Know about Your Building? 76

      Building Rehabilitation and Regulation 76

      Nonconforming Rights 79

      Change of Occupancy 79

      CHAPTER 9 INTERNATIONAL EXISTING BUILDING CODE COMPLIANCE METHODS 81

      Why Use the International Existing Building Code? 81

      How Is the IEBC Organized? 81

      Alternate Materials and Methods 85

      Plan Requirements 85

      Prescriptive Compliance Method 88

      Work Area Compliance Method 89

      Performance Compliance Method 89

      Example Buildings 90

      CHAPTER 10 INTERNATIONAL EXISTING BUILDING CODE̶RESCRIPTIVE COMPLIANCE METHOD 97

      General 97

      Additions, Alterations, and Repairs 98

      Structural and Seismic Requirements 99

      Nonstructural Alterations and Repairs 100

      Other Requirements 100

      Change of Occupancy Classification 101

      Structural Requirements 102

      Conclusion 103

      Evaluating the Prescriptive Compliance Method for a Project 103

      Prescriptive Compliance Method—xamples 105

      CHAPTER 11 INTERNATIONAL EXISTING...

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