Review of Codes and Regulations
A critical part of any design and construction project should be a review of the relevant Codes and Basis of Design documents. Building and Fire Codes and other applicable Codes such as the Mechanical Code verify the appropriate Fire and Life Safety (FLS) requirements. Generally, Authorities Having Jurisdiction require such critical statements be appended to design drawings.
At WWFSE, we are well versed in most Codes and regulations used around the world. We have has years of practical experience living and working in performance-based driven part of the world such as New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore. Our experts are familiar with NFPA Standards as well as the International Codes.
Often, there are a number of applicable Standards and Guides referenced as part of Building Regulations. Many buildings can house hazardous materials with quantities large enough to require disclosure and mitigation plans. Key advantages of a Code Analysis are as follows:
- It costs a fraction of the total Project cost.
- It provides Fire and Life Safety provisions.
- It supplies the Authorities Having Jurisdiction with a clear understanding of the intent of the project.
Foundation for Sound Design
Review of Codes and Regulations are a critical component of the final design that is be recorded by the Architect of Record.
Basis of Design
As a similar document to the Code Analysis, Basis of Design considers the other disciplines required in the design and construction of the building. Whether it is a Code Analysis or a Basis of Design, either may show the stated intent behind the design.
Coordination of Disciplines
One can have the best team of designers but without the effort of coordinating of trades and disciplines, the intent of the design may be lost. For example, it is critical to note the thickness of the thermal insulation specified by the mechanical engineer. This measurement for the cooling/heating system helps specify the size of penetration between floor systems.