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Site and location drawing for a code analysis project
⇩ 360 Cumberland - Thermal Barrier
This project provided insulation to the main floor of a building with a parking garage above. The foamed plastic insulation needed to be on the interior and protected from fire.
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Cut away of wall section for an acoustic analysis.
⇩ Sound Transmission Class (STC) analysis.
This project examined the acoustic properties of an existing wall for a secondary suite. The analysis was based on the archival design drawings and then again in situ for the inspector.
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plan view drawing and code analysis
⇩ Occupy only permit review
This code analysis was to review allowed occupancy types in a newly purchased existing building with no renovations.

Building Code Analysis

An architect's favourite job!


Building Code Analysis is an integral component of an architectural project. There are a few ways architects use the building code: new design, existing space code review, and a change of use.

New Design
When designing a new building, a code analysis is always done. Some would say that Life Safety is the primary responsibility of the architect. Others may argue against this point, but if it's not primary, it is at the very least important. The building code has always reminded me of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book or the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch episode. Once you've made a choice you're lead down a path of your own making. It's a complicated document that requires a broad reading to understand the details.

Existing Spaces
Occasionally a space requires a code analysis for a new occupancy permit or a renovation. These types of code reviews are generally a straight-forward analysis due to the existing space and materials. The challenge comes when you discover the space does not comply.

Change of Use
Owners can trigger significant costs without fully understanding a change in use when they buy a building. A warehouse with office space becomes a different building when it's used only for office space. Or, sometimes owners discover there never was a proper occupancy permit issued for a space and it can't be used in the way it was without significant upgrades.

Check out this article I contributed to about Due Diligence in real estate for Buildings Magazine.

And of course it's not only the Building Code, but other codes and guides that come into play including the Fire Code, Energy Code, and more... Contact JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE office@jcrobbinsarchitecture.com for a code analysis.