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What is a high rise?

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How is a high-rise defined? The International Building Code (IBC) defines a high-rise building as a building with an occupied floor located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. This definition is primarily based on the height at which firefighting operations from the ground become less effective. The measurement of 75 feet is typically taken from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access to the floor of the highest occupiable story. The significance of this height is that it presents unique challenges for fire safety, structural engineering, and evacuation procedures, which are distinct from those in lower buildings. As usual, building codes are ever evolving and being updated, it’s always a good practice to refer to the latest version of the IBC or consult with a local building authority for the most current definitions and requirements. Are there any exceptions? Yes. Massachusetts Definition – A building more than 70 feet in height above grade plane. Measured from – Average grade plane NOT lowest level of fire department access Measured to – The roof structure NOT the lowest level of the highest occupied floor Impact – Typically trigger high rise requirements 1-story sooner than the IBC definition Chicago Definition – A building more than 80 feet in building height. Measured from – Average grade plane NOT lowest level of fire department access Measured to – The mean elevation of the highest roof plane NOT the lowest level of the highest occupied floor Impact – Can trigger high rise requirements 1-story sooner than the IBC definition Michigan Definition – A building with an occupied floor located more than 55 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Measured from – Lowest level of fire department access.  Same as IBC. Measured to – Highest […]

How tall can a wood podium be?

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As a property manager or owner of multifamily developments, you know that multifamily buildings come in all shapes and sizes. Mid-rise apartments are a practical, affordable option for working professionals. As a result, you can find them in almost every major U.S. city. Put simply, mid-level buildings offer an elevated living experience for residents without breaking the bank.

What is a podium?

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How is a podium defined by IBC? As defined in Section 510.2: A building shall be considered as separate and distinct buildings for the purpose of determining area limitations, continuity of fire walls, limitation of number of stories and type of construction where all…

How tall can a LGMF building be?

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What is the absolute tallest light-gage metal building allowed by IBC? Standalone LGMF Building LGMF buildings can be considered either Type I or Type II buildings as they are non-combustible construction.  From there, it is simply a matter of the…

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