Adaptive Reuse Building Codes

Adaptive Reuse Building Codes



Gas Storage Tanks.
These tanks stored gasoline for the testing that took place in the early years of RETF when gasoline was used as a fuel. In later years, the research focused on liquid hydrogen as a fuel

Buildings built between 1920’s – mid 1970’s may contain asbestos or lead paint, that may need to be updated. Certain buildings may contain underground fuel storage tanks (see picture above) or gasoline storage created to power broilers. Certain buildings may have concerns with assability, such as stairwells, parking, exits and electrical systems. Sample Adaptive Reuse Codes include: Chapter 34 of the UBC (1997) Repairs, alterations and additions necessary for the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or continued use of a building or structure may be made without conformance to all of the requirements of this code when authorized by the building official provided Chapter 34 of the IBC (2000): The provisions of this code relating to the construction, repair, alteration, addition, restoration, and movement of structures, and changes of occupancy shall not be mandatory for historic buildings where such buildings are judged by the building official to not constitute a distinct life safety hazard.

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