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Addressing Balcony and Stair Failures: Problems with Exterior Elevated Elements
Recent failures of an existing balcony and exterior stair in California caused several casualties. The investigations following these collapses identified deteriorated structural components in exterior elevated elements (EEEs) – including balconies, stairways, and walkways – that should have received special design consideration and inspection scrutiny. Leading industry organizations helped to create regulatory changes in the California Building Code in 2017 for designing new EEEs, but these changes do not identify and eliminate risk associated with existing elements. EEEs in residential multifamily and condominium buildings present a particularly high risk for failure considering their typical detailing and construction materials. With this information, California legislators issued new laws that require periodic EEE inspections and reporting by qualified professionals. However, these issues are not confined to California.

For more information: https://www.sgh.com/about/events/addressing-balcony-and-stair-failures-problems-exterior-elevated-elements

Oct 23, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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