Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Modern Structures with Ancient Heritages in the Desert Southwest

By: By Barbara Faulwetter, RA, CCS, LEED AP

There are at least two building material systems which are indigenous to the Desert Southwest and which are still in use today, even in commercial work. The period of time well look at is up until the end of the Civil War, at which time the products of renewed industrialism were brought to the area by railroad. The systems in question are rammed earth and adobe block.

The use of an indigenous building material in a locale owes its popularity to its abundance of raw material, its ease of production, its structural properties, and its ability to effect a comfortable habitable space.

 Applying the Building Code

Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals (Building Codes Illustrated)

No other resource—not even the building code—presents the exact code information you need, when you need it at design stage

The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). The IBC and its complementary codes provide design and construction professionals with a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention regulations in order to safeguard the public health and general welfare of the occupants of new and existing buildings and structures. Adopted throughout most of the United States and its territories, it is referenced by federal agencies, such as the General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Defense. For architects and other design and construction professionals, it is particularly important that they understand how to apply the IBC and how code officials view buildings, so that they integrate code-required provisions in the earliest design stages of any project.

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