building code compliance

JPC is extremely knowledgeable regarding the requirements of building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, rehabilitation and fuel gas codes. In addition, we are constantly expanding our knowledge on the various standards that are referenced in the codes or are normally utilized in building design including but not limited to ASHRAE, NFPA, ASTM and ASCE as well as interpretive publications. Our knowledge and experience allows us to expedite our assessment and determine if the issue is related to design or construction.

Building code compliance is an issue when there is a failure to adhere to the code. Depending on the situation, failure to comply with the building codes may be the central issue in the case.

Identifying the governing code is as important as determining code compliance. Currently there is one model code overseen by the International Code Council (ICC), with some states modifying the code to suit their particular desires. Municipalities, on occasion, write their own code or promulgate the code or modify it before adoption. Various federal standard or standard of care documents also will govern construction. The building must comply with the codes that were in effect at the time the building permit was issued.

The scope of the building codes is limited to the perimeter of the building. Any incident occurring outside this limitation is not covered by the building codes. An effective determination of compliance must involve determining if:

  • The incident occurred within the boundaries of the building?
  • What code covered the construction?
  • What sections of the code are relevant to the construction?
  • Did the design professional and/or construction company comply with the pertinent code?
  • If construction failed to comply, why did it violate the code?