Q: How usable is the NCRC compared to the current
NC Existing building Code (Volume IX)?
- NCSBC Vol. IX excludes seven uses or building types
- The Rehab code excludes no uses, and perhaps most importantly may
be applied to 1&2 family residential.
Q: How does the NCRC help historic projects?
- The Rehab Code extends eligibility to certified contributing buildings
or buildings in locally designated historic districts, not just certified
- More specific historic exceptions and alternate provisions are offered
than in Vol. IX, focusing on compliance with the intent of the code,
especially with regard to historic change of occupancy.
Q: How does the NCRC aid on change of use/occupancy
- Rehab Code hazard tables are more flexible, penalizing you less often
for a switch to another use.
- Volume IX requires the use of a complicated building evaluation/score
process on a change to higher hazard; the Rehab Code requires compliance
with reconstruction criteria, which is more user friendly, especially
on small projects.
Q: What does the NCRC mean by gradual increase
Q: How does NCRC compare to Volume IX use of equal
methods, on atypical situations?
- Volume IX offers alternate materials and methods as a catch
all to solve problems; here alternate strategies must be equal.
- The Rehab Code places a greater emphasis on complying with the intent
of the code, recognizing the wide array of problems in older buildings
does not lend itself well to literal equal status in solutions. The
Rehab Code relies on the local code official to evaluate solutions on
local problems, focusing on the intent of the code rather
than the strict equality.
Q: What about NC Vol. IX technical dimensions requirements?
- Volume IX relies heavily on hard dimensional widths, distances and
- The Rehab Code focuses on scope and location of building safety features,
emphasizing sufficiency to accommodate the user or occupant load, rather
than dimensions. As the work area increases, scope increases.
Q: How do either the NC Vol. IX or NCRC effect residential?
- Volume IX is not applied to single family residential.
- Some of the greatest benefits of the Rehab Code are in residential,
leading to more affordable housing in renovation. The code offers greater
flexibility, again focusing on intent rather than dimensions. Provisions
allow the recognition of hardships, and consideration of alternates
by the local code official. The effect, as suggested by HUD and supported
by the State of New Jersey, is a significant savings in construction
Q: Does the NCRC degrade minimum life safety requirements?
- The vast majority of existing buildings were constructed under a previous
code, achieving the agreed on minimum safety level at that time.
- For those buildings constructed prior to codes, such as historic structures,
the Rehab Code seeks compliance by focusing on the intent of the
code, which would address minimum life safety.
Q: Does NCRC allow additions to buildings over the
allowable area permitted for new construction, without fire separation?
Q: Under NCRC, do existing building hazardous conditions
have to be addressed if an addition is constructed?
- Section 1.2 of the Rehab Code states that buildings or structures legally in
existence at the time of the adoption, or subsequent amendment, of this code may
continue in use, and that the Rehab Code itself would not require remedial work
of such buildings. Any NC general statute or locally adopted maintenance
ordinances might require additional work.
Q: Does NCRC contain requirements for moved or relocated
- New foundations would be required to comply with the current building
- The balance of the code compliance work would be determined by the
extent of any improvements proposed. In those work areas, the appropriate
Rehab Code criteria would be applied (most often modification or reconstruction)
with all new work complying with the current building code.
Q: Doesnt NCRC succeed by using vague language
open to unacceptable levels of interpretation?
Q: Does the NCRC allow slide scapes and chutes as
acceptable means of exiting?
Q: No evaluation method is provided to deal with
unique structures and uses?
Q: How does NCRC address exit stair penetrations
to remain, such as HVAC ducts.
Q: Are all occupancies allowed to use the NCRC without
Q: Does the Rehab Code allow the elimination of an
existing exit, in order to gain usable space by applying the single exit
- The Rehab Code clearly indicates work shall not make the building
less conforming to the current building code.
- Both Volume IX and the Rehab Code provide several exceptions for single
exit application. The Rehab Code also sites several cases where existing
single exits are permitted to continue.
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