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Tag: Building codes

Guard Definition and Requirements

  Guards are in place to prevent accidental falls. They are generally not required unless there is a 30″ drop – which may vary by local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). In residential applications, the guard height minimum is 36″. On a stair, since handrail must be between 34″ and 38″, the handrail and the top of […]

Railing Extension Requirements

Railing Extensions for Ramp Rails Ramps Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of the ramp runs. Railing Extensions on Stairs Top Extension on Stairs Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beginning directly above first riser nosing. Handrails extend horizontally above the landing […]

Building Code Definitions for Handrail

The purpose of a handrail is to provide guidance. It is required on stairs with two or more risers and ADA ramps with a rise of 6″. In commercial applications, handrail is required on both sides of stairs and ramps. They are not required on walking surfaces with running slope less than 1:20. Height: Placed […]

A Quick Introduction to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The NFPA is a global organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards. There are two NFPA documents which may apply to your application – NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code […]

Building Codes for Handrail and Guard Railings

Prior to using any railing products, it is incumbent on designers, fabricators and installers to make themselves familiar with local building codes that apply to their applications. Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code — they adopt codes prepared by various code bodies. Historically, model codes were prepared by code bodies such […]

Introduction to Building Codes

What are building codes? Why do we have them? Why can’t we just build buildings however we want? These are some of the questions that this webinar set will help you to answer. The regulation of the way buildings are built in the United States is unique, compared to other industries and even other countries. […]

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