We routinely work with building, life safety, and occupancy codes in current design work, and retrospective analysis of the impact of building codes on construction of existing buildings. Our staff are members of organizations such as the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association, which helps us keep abreast of the latest revisions to building and occupancy codes.
We provide consulting on code compliance for new construction, and renovation work, including building codes, occupancy codes, life safety codes, and land use codes. Depending upon the circumstances, it may be necessary to secure permits, or to make notifications to agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, and others. We typically start a project by determining which codes apply to a project, and then analyze these codes to determine specific requirements. When there are conflicts between codes, we assist the facility owner to resolve these issues with the authorities that have jurisdiction.
In the case of a natural disaster, a variety of local, state, and Federal code requirements may be triggered by the restoration work required. There can be a cascading effect in code compliance; that is, the reconstruction can trigger a multitude of codes including zoning, building and occupancy codes, that must be met before re-occupancy can occur. Sometimes it is possible to resolve code compliance issues by seeking out variances or legislated relief for facilities impacted by a natural disaster. Defining code issues early in the restoration process is important in determining budgets and schedules for the work.
Here are some examples of past projects that illustrate our approach.