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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a code analysis.