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Academy Summit: Code Academy Chapter 34, Section 12

November 16 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm




12pm – 2pm


$25 AIA members (number required at registration)

$50 non-members

Program Description

*Zoom* Academy Summit: Code Academy Chapter 34, Section 12

The IBC is an essential tool used to provide public safety, health and welfare. Designing with new materials and complex client programs can push the boundaries of a straightforward code summary. Chapter 34 deals with provisions of the code that governs alterations to existing buildings and changes of occupancy. Section 12 explores Compliance Alternatives. This session will delve deeply into the requirements related to Compliance Alternatives in the Building Code.

Chapter 34 deals with the requirements for alterations to existing buildings and changes of occupancy, including Compliance Alternatives. As adaptive reuse of existing buildings continues to increase, architects need to thoroughly understand the requirements to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those working on the site and its eventual occupants. In addition, architects must be able to explain the regulations to the owner and construction teams. Thorough understanding of the building code is essential for architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants of the built environment.

Event registration and series registration required before 4pm on November 13.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand Compliance Alternatives for existing buildings.
  • To determine evaluation process for Compliance Alternatives related to existing buildings
  • To understand the roles of people who are involved in evaluating Compliance Alternatives
  • Through examples, participants will be able to determine whether Compliance Alternatives apply in a situation
  • This course will help the Design Professionals to understand and apply the requirements of Chapter 34 Section 12 of the IBC/OBC


Majed A. Dabdoub, P.E. studied Civil Engineering at Ohio University before earning an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He served as a building plans examiner for the City of Cincinnati from 1987 through 2014 when he left to start his own firm which offers code consulting, training, and structural engineering services.

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