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The Association for Preservation Technology in cooperation with Main Street America presents...


Decoding Building Code Challenges

Dates: August 2 - 4, 2022

Where: Wherever you are - online!

About this workshop:

There are thousands of designated and informal Main Streets in America’s smaller towns and urban neighborhoods. These districts are often composed of smaller, one- to three-story masonry or wood-frame buildings with retail shops or offices on the first floor and opportunities for residential units above. Far too often, the entire building or upper stories are vacant or underutilized, hampering reinvigoration of neighborhoods. Owners wanting to rehabilitate these buildings are commonly stymied by the high cost of building upgrades forced upon them “to meet modern building codes.” These demands become economic barriers to investment and burdens to owners.

The code barrier has become a reality in many communities, particularly for the upper stories, where vacancy rates can exceed 50%. This workshop will provide a detailed examination of the building stock on Main Street to explore its typical building features and connect these characteristics to compliance paths within the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). The team of experts for this workshop will break down issues related to fire safety, accessibility and energy conservation and explore more financially viable alternatives to make buildings safer and meet codes.


Who Should Attend:

   Building Code Officials

   Design Professionals

   Building Owners


   Main Street Professionals 


Fire Rating for Archaic Materials was published by HUD in the 1980s and is now an appendix of the IEBC.

View the Workshop Agenda

Historic building on Main Street with solar panels and no impact on the historic character.  

“The repair, alteration, addition to and change of occupancy in existing buildings are in many cases more complicated to design and regulate than construction of new buildings.” ICC Building Department Administration, 4th Edition, 2012

“Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.” Voltaire

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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