Building Codes For Historic Buildings

2003 Words May 7th, 2015 9 Pages
Abstract

While historic buildings have benefited greatly from decades of regulatory reform, a new generation of advocacy is required to address issues of building integrity . For historic buildings, introducing building codes may present a challenge that can stifle the historic preservation tenet applied to the historic structure whether it be preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction. Building codes are a set of regulations that provide for a minimum standard that would safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. Within the context of historic preservation, building codes allow for the repair, alteration, relocation, and even change in occupancy for the respective historic building. Each state and local jurisdiction uses the guidelines in the International Code Council (ICC) which consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Existing Building Code (IEBC) . Beyond building codes, there are sustainable measures that can improve the structural fabric and preserve the historic integrity of a historic building.

Background

Through preservation, maintenance occurs to a historic property without making significant alterations to its current condition. For historic buildings, introducing building codes may present a challenge that can stifle the historic preservation tenet applied to the historic structure whether it be preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction.…
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