ICC IEBC (), the International Existing. Building Code, as mandated by and incorporated by the States and Municipalities, including. California, the District. LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENTUnited States of AmericaAll citizens and residents are hereby advised that this is a legally binding document. ICC IEBC (), the International Existing Building Code, as mandated by and incorporated by the States and Municipalities, including California, the District of .
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There exists a significant risk of collapse, detachment or dislodgment of any portion, member, appurtenance or ornamentation of the building or structure under service loads. A vacant structure that is not secured against entry shall be deemed unsafe.
Materials already in use in a building in conformance with requirements or approvals in effect at the time of their erection or installation shall be permitted to remain in use unless determined by the code official to be dangerous to life, health or safety.
Where such conditions are determined to be dangerous to life, health or safety, they shall be mitigated or made safe. Except as otherwise required or permitted by this code, materials permitted by the applicable code for new construction shall be used. Like materials shall be permitted for repairs and alterations, provided no hazard to life, health or property is created. Duct leakage testing is required to be performed prior to the concealment of ductwork IBC Section The Special Inspector is required to prepare a complete testing report that is reviewed, signed and sealed by a registered design professional.
A copy of the final report is required to be filed with the fire code official and a copy is required to be maintained in an approved location within the building IBC Section Assisted by this plan, Suffolk Construction has been able to seamlessly transition their existing construction fire safety practices to address the requirements of NFPA , while keeping their project and site safe for abutters, constructors, and responding personnel.
While the terminology may be similar, the code does not actually link the occupancy classification of a building or space to the applicable occupant load factor for means of egress design requirements. This is a common misconception we see many designers make that can have a significant impact on the required number or size of exits in a building.
This classification or several if the facility is a mixed occupancy is applied throughout all areas of a building.
While in most cases, the occupancy classification of a building or space aligns with its intended function, this is not always the case. While the language in the IBC does not directly address this distinction, we often find in practice that the building official is accepting of utilizing an occupant load factor of gross square feet for this type of breakout space if it can be illustrated that it is in-fact a non-simultaneous use with the surrounding offices.
This is just one small facet of occupant loads. Stay tuned for Part II which will address the difference between net and gross calculations. Joint Commission Releases Top Citations Update Every 6 months or so, the Joint Commission publishes lists of the top citations across the various types of health facilities it accredits.
This citation includes issues related to inadequate utility systems design or function and jumped from 10 in to 1 this year. With a strong focus on infectious disease prevention and control, it should come as no surprise that the surveyors are taking a close look to make sure facilities are properly inspecting, testing, and maintaining all of their utility systems, as well as checking for appropriate pressure relationships between sterile and dirty areas.
A few useful thoughts to help manage corridor clutter: Egress corridors more than 8 feet in width can partitioned off to store computers and equipment within alcoves. Dead end corridors beyond an egress stairwell can be used to store equipment less than 50 feet in area. Suites, as identified on your life safety plans, are considered as groups of rooms and not corridors, and may be used to store equipment within hallways provided that at least 44 inches of clearance is maintained.
The waiver election must be documented, noted in the Additional Comments section of the BBI, and brought to the attention of surveyors upon arriving on-site. What does this mean? Use a risk assessment to determine placement of showers and eye washes. Providing a testing policy which specifies test intervals weekly expected. Document all test results. Other issues that commonly plague hospitals include unsecured oxygen cylinders see our blog post here , and inadequate ventilation, temperature, and humidity levels within the facility.
Having organized, well-documented inspection and testing reports for your fire protection and life safety equipment and systems is critical.
Challenges continue to revolve around facilities holding contractors accountable to provide timely documentation that indicates full compliance with the required standard. Providing follow up documentation that deficiencies from punch lists, work orders, or failed system testing are also commonly overlooked and must be documented to illustrate full compliance. Some best practices include adding applicable code editions and references on all sheets, and cross-referencing test report with corrective work orders.
Unsealed penetrations and fire doors with no labels and excessive undercut and gaps continue to be issues for facility managers to stay on top of. Be aware: combustible foam is not a UL-Listed firestop assembly and cannot be used to seal penetrations.
Another key issue is maintaining building features is providing accurate, up-to-date life safety plans. One of the most frequent topics we receive questions on is existing building code requirements. There is often a lot of confusion for commercial construction projects in existing buildings relative to what upgrades will be triggered by the planned scope of work, if any. In our opinion, answering that question requires experience and an in-depth understanding of the requirements and scoping language for existing buildings.
Here are a few of the most common questions we receive: What requirements govern commercial construction projects in existing buildings in Massachusetts? This code governs repairs, renovations, alterations, changes in use, and additions to existing buildings including those that are historic. It is also helpful to know that there are additional existing building scoping requirements contained in Section These requirements outline the general philosophy the code takes with existing buildings that were originally constructed under previous codes and have been legally occupied.
These scoping requirements provide a clarity on fundamental understandings relative to previously approved existing conditions, safety features which may no longer be required in the new code, and minimum levels of safety for egress, lighting and ventilation.
Accessibility requirements to public areas in buildings are covered by CMR, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board requirements. All of the accessibility requirements within the Massachusetts Existing Building Code have been deleted and replaced with a reference to CMR. The Petitioners aver that the failure of the electronic system put in place by the IEBC and their failure to electronically transmit election results affected the validity of the Presidential elections.
This resulted in the final total number of registered voters differing materially from what was in the Principal Register. The Petitioner asserts that there were several anomalies that occurred in the process of manual tallying, such as: the votes cast in several polling stations exceeding the number of registered voters; differences between results posted and the results released by the first Respondent; the use of unsigned Form 36 to declare the results.
Due to the failure of the system, the first Respondent was unable to transmit the results of the elections, in contravention of Regulation 82 of the Elections General Regulations, The Court gave the following directions with respect to parties in the consolidated petitions: the Petitioner in Petition No.
This was the basis of agreement on issues for trial, which may be summarized as follows: 1. Whether the Presidential election held on March 4th, was conducted in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and all relevant provisions of the law.
What consequential declarations, orders and reliefs this Court should grant, based on the determination of the Petition. The Petitioner alleges that this decision was unlawful and had the prejudicial effect of reducing the percentage of votes won by Hon.
Uhuru Kenyatta. The Respondents, on their part, aver that the Constitution does not expressly provide that rejected votes should not be counted in the computation of the threshold percentage for a win. Having sought and received divergent legal opinions on the issue, the Respondents now urge the Court to settle the issue, as it is likely to arise in future elections.
They state that the common understanding at this stage, was that the votes cast as envisaged by Article of the Constitution included only ballots that constituted valid votes. Consequently, the results announced at each polling station as contemplated by Articles 86 b and 3 of the Constitution, cannot include rejected votes among the results announced in favour of any candidate.
The Petitioners contend that Rule 77 1 of the Election General Regulations, states that, rejected ballot papers shall be void and shall not be counted. Consequently the results announced at each polling station as contemplated by Articles 86 b and 3 of the Constitution, cannot include rejected votes among the results announced in favour of any candidate. They urge that improperly-marked ballots should be rejected and not factored into the counting and tallying of votes.
Electoral Commission, Constitutional Case No. He submitted that this announcement was made without giving any other Presidential election candidates an opportunity to be heard; and that all the legal opinions given, vindicated his complaints. Ngatia submitted that a ballot paper is nothing more than an instrument to convey the choice of a voter; and a vote is the definable and ascertainable ballot paper; once the ballot has been translated into a valid choice, it becomes a vote.
He submitted that there cannot be a vote which is invalid, what is invalid is a ballot paper; and, as a vote is a defined choice, a ballot which does not translate into a vote is nothing more than a ballot which is rejected. Ngatia submitted that rejected votes should never be the basis for triggering a run-off election.
As long as the document deposited in the ballot box does not clearly show what the intention of the voter is, then it should not be included as a vote and should not be allowed as part of the tallying, in ascertaining winning margins. Oraro, learned counsel for the Petitioner in Petition No.
He argued that if the drafters intended that only a certain category of votes would be considered for purposes of determining whether the winning percentage threshold had been met, nothing would have been easier than to stipulate so. Oraro submitted that the distinction given by Mr. Oraro submitted that Regulation 77 of the Elections General Regulations, does not require the exclusion of rejected votes in the final tally, for the purpose of determining whether a Presidential election candidate has attained the threshold percentage required by Article of the Constitution.
For Regulation 77 e prescribes when a ballot paper is to be rejected, and is not to be attributable to any of the candidates, nor feature in the aggregate tally for the candidate. George Oraro, made submissions on the role of technology in relation to voter registration.
This involves biometric technology, which uses computer finger-print scanners and digital cameras to capture the bio-data of an applicant; such personal details of finger-prints and face photo technology are used to verify the authenticity of the voter, and to ensure greater transparency and credibility in the elections.
The provisional register was then opened to the public for inspection. However, Mr. Counsel submitted that the said special register was never made public.