The Future of Elevated Exterior Walking Surfaces

A Professional Practice Forum

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Free, all are welcome. Bring a lunch!
Please RSVP for room setup.

1.5 CES LUs

Please join our September roundtable discussion on a timely and regional topic: the recent building ordinances passed by the City of Berkeley.

In the wake of the recent fatal balcony collapse, the City of Berkeley has made several changes to the Building and Housing Codes with respect to requirements for wood-framed and metal-framed elevated exterior walking surfaces (e.g., balconies, decks, and exterior exit corridors) in R1 and R2 occupancies. We will review these changes and their anticipated effect on existing and new buildings in Berkeley.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to explain the basics of Berkeley’s emergency ordinance.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify two areas of weakness in the ordinance.
  3. Attendees will be able to explain one building code change currently under discussion in Berkeley.
  4. Attendees will be able to explain at least one possible way an exterior elevated walking surface can fail due to water intrusion.

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