What is the most common standard Building Code used for construction projects?

The International Building Code is the most widely used. Jurisdictions typically adopt one of the standard codes to follow and may amend it based on local requirements.

What is the applicable Building Code to be used in evaluating a construction issue?

Generally, the applicable Building Code is the code that was in effect in a particular jurisdiction at the time the permit was pulled. Building Codes were established in some U.S. cities in the early 1900s, and thousands of codes have been added or revised since then.

Are there exceptions as to the Code in effect at the time of the permit?

If the construction is delayed or interrupted, then the local building department can require that any updates to the Building Codes have to be incorporated.

If I am adding onto or just altering a project, what Building Code is applicable?

It depends on the extent and nature of the changes. The applicable Building Code for existing buildings covers the maintenance, alteration, and additions to buildings.

I have water intrusion at my windows during rain events. Are there standards to measure the amount of water that should or should not enter?

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is the source for the codes and standards that govern windows, doors, and skylights. Typically these assemblies are only designed to prevent water infiltration up to15% of the design pressures of the structures. It is possible in extreme conditions for water to enter an assembly without there being a manufacturing, design, or construction defect. Using AAMA protocol, a test program can be set up to verify at what point(s) water enters the structure, as well as the specific causes and solutions to correct the issues.

I have construction defects. Is this something that is the responsibility of the Contractor/Architect?

After identifying the causes, a review of the codes and standards and construction drawings can determine if there is liability by the contractor and its subcontractor(s), the architect, failure to maintain the property, or a combination of these three. Using its construction litigation experience, LRG can explain points to consider in selecting an experienced attorney and the potential issues to consider that may impact a claim.

I have been sued by an owner for alleged defects on a construction job. How can I determine who is responsible for any defects found?

Once the evaluation process determines the cause(s) of the alleged defects, it is important to evaluate the contractual responsibilities of the parties involved so that the liable parties can be identified and the not-guilty parties cleared.