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Anticipate Requirements That Can Expand Project Scope

It can be difficult to limit the scope of a renovation project. Unexpected conditions and requirements can add to project scope. I recall an example of this related to a small residential renovation. A neighbor was converting the attic of

Posted in Codes, Project Administration, Project Management

Getting up to speed with Air Sealing Details

Article 103 of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requires that construction documents include air sealing details. Detailing the building envelope air barrier is a relatively recent challenge for architects, but it is a necessary task for communicating these

Posted in Codes, Construction Documents, Design, Practice Management

Code Talk: Challenges for Architects

Most of the architects I have known are not comfortable with codes. They want to comply with applicable codes, but they find them confusing, tedious, contradictory, or even frightening. Codes are always being revised or superseded. It takes time to

Posted in Codes, Design, Project Management

Construction Tolerance

Where codes or regulations establish minimum or maximum values and allow no tolerance outside the limit, industry standard construction tolerance should be incorporated into the design. For example, concrete ramps that must comply with “zero tolerance” maximum slope requirements for

Posted in Codes, Concrete, Construction Documents, Design

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