Code Analysis

Purpose

To assist with early discovery of potential code deficiencies in design. A completed Code Data Block is required at the first BCD Plans Examiner/Designer pre-review proposal of a project.

Purpose

Project summary of life safety codes and architectural design assumptions, to assist with early discovery of potential code deficiencies. A complete code record is to be presented to the BCD Plans Examiner(s), at the earliest scheduled code discussion meeting. A code block summary shall contain at least:

  • Applicable Codes (stating design primary codes such as IBC or MCEB*)
  • Occupancy Classifications (noting primary and accessory occupancies)
  • Occupant Load (chart the occupant for each space, floor and building as necessary)
  • Special Occupancy (see IBC Chapter 4)
  • Chemical Inventory 
  • Control Areas (list and map control areas for building and each story)
  • Type of Construction
  • Height and Number of Stories
  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler System (noting any specialty fire suppression system)
  • Allowable Floor Area (illustrating the allowable area versus actual for each floor)
  • Fire Resistive Requirements (shafts, corridors and exterior walls)
  • Exiting (separate document noting all means of egress components and travel distances)
  • Plumbing Fixtures (see IBC chapter 29 for minimum fixture counts) 

Example of the building code data block containing the material requested in the list above.