For our April meeting, Westcon member Steven Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp discussed a wide variety of key revisions to the new 2013 California Building Code (2013 CBC), which became effective on January 1, 2014.
His presentation confirmed that even though the 2013 CBC is closely modeled upon the 2012 International Building Code, it contains many substantive amendments to fire and life safety design requirements that necessitate very careful attention by California’s architects when planning new buildings.
He reported that the provisions of CBC Chapter 11B, which addresses requirements for accessible access to public facilities, have been completely re-written to closely correspond to the new 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards.
Mr. Winkel’s presentation well demonstrated the increasingly complex and continually-changing nature of the modern building codes and the difficulties faced by many parties when seeking to fully understand their provisions.
Mr. Winkel, who manages the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Preview Group, Inc., is a California-licensed Architect, Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect and also is a Certified Access Specialist. His range of consulting work includes code and accessibility analyses, quality assurance peer reviews, and serving as an expert witness for design and construction cases. He is an author of the highly informative books Residential Codes Illustrated (published in 2010) and Building Codes Illustrated (2014). Mr. Winkel also serves as the Architect Commissioner on the California Building Standards Commission and represents the American Institute of Architects during the code development meetings and hearings of the International Code Council.
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