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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 […]

Handrail Code Quiz

[tqb_quiz id=’4619′] How well do you know what the building codes and standards require for handrail? Take this quick quiz to see.

Wall Brackets

Wagner is able to supply wall brackets with one, two or three hole options. Be aware that not all brackets meet all code requirements. Confirm with your local authority having jurisdiction to confirm dimensional and structural requirements prior to specifying. Due to structural requirements for wall brackets, proper attachment is critical to assure safety. While there […]

Why Is There No Consistency of Clearance Requirements for Handrail Brackets?

Here are two standard handrail brackets. The one on the left has a minimum 1-1/2″ clearance between the wall and handrail. It will meet International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), (Americans With Disabilities Act Standardards for Accessible Design) ADASAD, and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 requirements for handrail graspability. It will not […]

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 […]

I-Codes Code Adoption Map

The I-Codes are “model” codes created by the International Code Council. They are published on a 3-year cycle. As model codes, local codes need to adopt the code and therefore there is often a disconnect between the current version of the I-Codes and the current codes being applied in your jurisdiction. This page will let […]

Load Requirements for Handrail and Guard

Handrails and guards must be able to withstand a uniform load of 50 lbs/ft or a concentrated load of 200 lbs placed at the top of the handrail or guard. Infill areas must be able to withstand a load of 50 lbs / square foot. Building on a 165-year legacy, Wagner is the go-to resource […]

Guard Definition and Requirements

The following references are based on the Guard Definition as set out by the International Code Council (ICC) for the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) 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 […]

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