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What Is “The Ladder Effect”?

The 2000 International Residential Code (IRC) states that guardrails . . . shall not be constructed with horizontal members or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect. It has never been in the International Building Code (IBC). This was removed in the 2001 code cycle and was published in the 2001 IRC supplement. […]

Clarifying Handrail Bracket Clearance

Required clearance between a handrail and other building elements continues to confound and confuse. Here’s a quick review of where present codes now stand. The 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) stated that there was to be an absolute dimension of 1-1/2″ between a handrail and a wall. This was actually a “grab […]

Building Code Comparison Chart

Guard Location Requirements IRC 30″ above floor or grade below on open-sided walking surfaces. On open sides of stairs with a total riser of more than 30″ above the floor or grade below. IBC 30″ above floor or grade below on open-sided walking surfaces, mezzanines, industrial equipment platforms, stairways, ramps and landings. 30″ above floor […]

4 Signs You Should Invest In a Guard Railing

The residential and commercial building codes (IRC and IBC, respectively) have specific definitions and requirements for guards (guardrails). Interesting point of trivia: the I-codes (IBC and IRC) do not refer to guard railing as that term is commonly used for the railings you find on the side of a highway. Guard is what they define since a […]

What Code Standards to Work to When Installing Glass Railing Systems

Q: With complexities and variance in code adaption that effect glass and glass railing systems state-to-state and locally, how can installers more easily determine what code standards to work to when installing glass railing systems? As railing systems are often installed at project-end, time is rarely on the side of the glaziers or fabricators doing […]

Should I Still Be Concerned About ANSI A117.1?

Published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities provides standards used for the specification and construction of accessible facilities. But what should you use today for creating an accessible facility? The Americans With Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design (ADASAD) or ANSI A117.1? Let’s take a look at […]

Is a Top Railing Required For Glass Railing — Update

Is a top railing required for glass railing? If it is monolithic tempered glass, the simple answer is “yes,” according to the International Code Council. (The 2015 International Building Code has added an exception that permits the elimination of a top rail if laminated, tempered glass is used and it is approved by the local […]

Happy Pi Day

It’s Pi Day! You may ask, “What does that have to do with railing?” The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as […]

IRC 2018 Glass Railing Requirements

While this is not yet in effect, the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) will include a code requirement for glass railing that is similar to the wording in the IBC. R308.4.4.1 Structural glass baluster panels. Guards with structural glass baluster panels shall be installed with an attached top rail or handrail. The top rail or […]

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