Building Codes for Existing and Historic Buildings

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


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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.

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