Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 7, 2011 - Architecture - 272 pages

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

Written for architects, engineers, preservation, and codeenforcement professionals, this is the only comprehensive book thatexamines how the International Building Code (IBC) and theInternational Existing Building Code (IEBC) can be applied tohistoric and existing buildings. For ease of use, the book isorganized to parallel the structure of the IEBC itself, and theapproach is cumulative, with the objective of promoting anunderstanding of the art of applying building regulations to theenvironment of existing buildings.

Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings begins with adiscussion of the history of building regulations in the UnitedStates and the events and conditions that created them. Next, itprovides thorough coverage of:

  • The rationale behind code provisions and historic preservationprinciples

  • Major building code requirements: occupancy and use, types ofconstruction, 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 analysisworksheets—both blank and filled-in versions withexamples—that illustrate how to develop a code approach for anindividual building. If you are a professional at any level who isworking on creating a plan that meets the intent of the code forhistoric or existing buildings, Building Codes for Existing andHistoric Buildings gives you everything that you need tosucceed.


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Building Code Updates and Compliance
Development ofBuilding Codesin theUnited States
DevelopmentofModelCode Provisions for Existing
Development ofCode Provisions forHistoric Buildings
Planning and Construction Factors
Principles of Regulating Existing Buildings
HowIsthe IEBC Organized? Prescriptive
Work Area Compliance Method
International Existing Building CodeWork Area
Summary of the Compliance Methodologies
The Rationale Behind Historic Preservation Regulations

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About the author (2011)

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.

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