Building code consulting involves an experienced professional proficient in building codes through experience in construction, architecture, engineering, or as a code enforcement official. This professional assists design professionals or contractors in ensuring their projects are code compliant, for first principle life safety reasons, or to navigate through the complex permitting process that is common in medium and large jurisdictions. While every building trade or engineering discipline has its own codes and standards, most codes and standards revolve around building and fire safety, and these codes tend to be the most difficult to understand and implement. John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE, MCP has experience in multidisciplinary engineering and design, building plans examination for code compliance, and field work as a building inspector. As code consultants from all sides of the industry, we understand all of the codes and how you can become compliant with them.
BUILDING CODE AND SUBCODE CONSULTING
Building code and subcode consulting to obtain building department approval for a project. John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE is knowledgeable in all model codes, including the IBC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IEBC, IECC, NEC, and ANSI Accessibility Code.
MODEL CODES AND SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE
John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE is not only familiar with the model codes but also their specific legal modifications and adoptions through state or municipal governments. John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE has specific experience and training dealing with the legal arena of code development, modification, and adoption.
John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE is knowledgeable in all subcodes, not just building or fire, so its building code solutions are holistic, just like a project has to be.
Perform plan review of drawings for code compliance and provide Alternate Means and Methods for prescriptive code compliance alternatives. A code professional who is also a fire protection and architectural engineer is in a unique position to develop Alternative Means and Methods as solutions to highly challenging building code requirements for complex projects or for projects where strict code compliance introduces budgetary challenges.
Electrically Hazardous Zones
With dual knowledge of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 497, API Standards, and Fire Protection requirements, John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE can develop electrically hazardous zone boundaries and diagrams as well as prescribe the permitted wiring, equipment, and conduit for the zone. A Class I, Division 1, Group D is an example of a full description of an electrically hazardous space.
Codes and Standards Expertise
ICC Codes, as Model Codes and as adopted by state and local jurisdictions
The International Building Code (IBC)
The International Fire Code (IFC)
The International Mechanical Code (IMC)
The International Plumbing Code (IPC)
The International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
The International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
The International Residential Code (IRC)
ICC A117.1-2009, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
NFPA Codes and Standards, incorporated by reference in other codes
NFPA 1, Fire Code
NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One and Two Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes
NFPA 13R Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height
NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems
NFPA 15, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection
NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection
NFPA 22, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection
NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances
NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems
NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas CodeNFPA 70, National Electrical Code
NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems
NFPA 90B, Standard for the Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems
NFPA 92, Standard for Smoke Control Systems
NFPA 101, Life Safety CodeNFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
NFPA 497, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Flammable Liquids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas
NFPA 499, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas
NFPA 1142, Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire FightingOther specialized NFPA standards, as required for specific projects!
American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
American Concrete Institute
ACI 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
American Institute of Steel Construction
AISC Steel Construction Manual
American Wood Council
National Design Specification for Wood Construction
Find out how John P. Stoppi Jr., PE, FPE’s synergy can help you excel on your next interdisciplinary project.