Category: Condominiums

Association Responsibilities for Building Maintenance

A benefit of living in a condominium community is that you don’t have to worry about property maintenance. Someone else mows the lawn, trims the shrubs, and paints the building. Ultimately, someone must be responsible for ensuring that these sorts of actions taken place for the multitude of property aspects such as the site, buildings,… Read More »

Engineered Wood I-Joists as Tension Members

Engineering wood I-joists (TJI, BCI, AJS, etc…) are a popular choice for floor framing members in wood-frame construction, and we like them for the same reason others do: they are very efficient structural members, meaning they carry a lot of loads compared to their own weight. And since they are made from engineered wood products,… Read More »

New Hampshire Residential Energy Code: R-Values

When architecturally designing a residential building, the New Hampshire Energy Code is a factor that must be considered throughout the design process. New Hampshire has the adopted the IRC 2015 Energy Code and these, as well as locally amended, requirements must be met in all new construction projects. Often these include prescriptive R-values. An R-value… Read More »

Unbalanced Snow Loads

When roofs are pitched (i.e. angled), the snow collects differently than it does on flat roofs. Unbalanced snow loads occur on pitched (most commonly gable) roofs, and the building code tells us to consider these loads up to 7V:12H roof pitches. Here, some of our engineers are at Loon, mid-mountain, and this building has quite… Read More »

Rebuilding a Retainer Wall

Before In 2020, we were hired as engineer of record for a retaining wall that a contractor was building in Dover, NH.  The previous wall was collapsing because of age and the effects of frost/ thaw.  We were able to subcontract completion of the wetlands/ environmental permits and preliminary wall design.  Then, we ensured that… Read More »

Condo Development Reconstruction

Team Engineering provides many of our services to condominium associations all over New England. Condominium associations own common elements of buildings and properties, and that usually includes the building envelopes like roofs and exterior walls. This condominium complex in Concord, NH includes 60 townhouse-style units over 10 buildings. Built in the 1980’s, it was recently… Read More »

Handrail vs Guardrail

When describing a railing system, words often get thrown around that are very generic and often confused with one another. Two we often hear about are guardrails vs handrails. What are the two and what is the difference? The International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) have definitions for “guards” and “handrails”,… Read More »

Can I Convert My Basement into a Legal Bedroom?

Before you can consider that extra room in the basement as a legal bedroom, several requirements of the 2015 International Residential Code and NFPA 101 need to be met. Start by considering the following questions: Is my ceiling at least 7 feet tall? Does the room have adequate insulation in the walls? Is there sufficient… Read More »