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Meeting Code Without Sacrificing Design Intent
Building and fire codes require construction and fire safety features based on a one-size-fits-all approach. While traditional code compliance may be acceptable for many buildings, for unique, complex, and state-of-the-art projects, the codes often limit design flexibility and can hinder the architectural design intent. Likewise, full compliance with the codes is not always practical, or appropriate, for renovation and reuse of existing buildings, historic structures, or buildings where property protection is critical such as museums, libraries, and data centers. To achieve the design objectives, one or more code equivalencies may need to be obtained to demonstrate that the design meets the intent of the codes.
Alternative Design Approaches
JENSEN HUGHES’ background in fire testing and research enhances our ability to develop and obtain approval for code equivalencies, variances, or alternate means and methods. JENSEN HUGHES’ long-term involvement with the code development process allows us to formulate and document technically credible solutions on code equivalency matters related to fire and life safety. Our staff has been instrumental in the development of the computational fire models, modeling techniques, and performance-based fire safety design approaches that are critical to developing and assessing alternative design strategies.
Negotiations with Authorities
JENSEN HUGHES’ experience in code analysis, the code development process, fire modeling, and research and development allows us to present unique solutions to a code official for review and approval of challenging designs. JENSEN HUGHES will assist in obtaining agreement of local authorities for proposed fire and life safety design approaches, with the goal of meeting the intent of the applicable codes while preserving the character of the project design.