Category: Structural Engineering

Building on Hope Nashua PAL Renovation Complete!

Team Engineering is honored to have contributed in a small way to the renovation of the Nashua Police Athletic for Building on Hope’s 2020 project. The building on Ash Street was entirely transformed and updated, and all construction and design was donated by hundreds of individuals and organizations. The project was completed in December –… Read More »

2015 IRC Fire Protection for Floors Constructed with I-Joists

New Hampshire officially adopted the 2015 International Residential and Building Codes (IRC, IBC) in September, 2019. The State Legislature amended the IRC by delaying enforcement of Section 302.13, Fire Protection of Floors, for 18 months. That delay has expired, and Section 302.13 is applicable as of March 15, 2021. IRC 2015 Section 302.13 requires that… Read More »

Laser Scanning Assists with Structural Investigation

Recently we’ve used laser-scanning technology for many applications, including the investigation of this church. The church called us to investigate their steeple, suspecting it was leaning. We tapped Process 3-D Scanning and Surveying, who set up their laser scan in about a dozen locations around the building. (The scan is so high resolution that it… 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 »