Building Code Analysis


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.

Code Analysis

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.

Benefit of Service

There are real benefits in coordinating disciplines for fire and life safety designs and any building.  Yet, often, fire and life safety (FLS) professionals are not very clear about appropriate requirements for proper application of fire and life safety systems in buildings.  Hence, a licensed fire protection engineer (FPE) is necessary.  Many jurisdictions, including the United States military, mandate the involvement of a licensed fire protection engineer to review, approve, and certify Code compliance.

The involvement of a licensed fire protection engineer would:

  • Set the project on the correct compliance track
  • Serve as the fire and life safety resource to other trades
  • Provide confidence that fire and life safety requirements will be met
  • Address fire and life safety constructability issues.
  • Ensure that the project fully complies with the fire and life safety requirements.

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