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Chicago Building Code Modernization: Implications for High-Rise Safety

The Chicago Building Code (CBC) was comprehensively revised in 2019. The revised structural requirements are based upon the International Building Code (IBC) - the modern national standard, while maintaining and introducing special Chicago-specific provisions. After 1 August 2020, all new designs submitted for approval by the city will need to conform to the new code.

This paper studies the ways in which the CBC will affect some basic elements of the schematic floor plan and design for a high-rise office tower greater than 400 feet (122 meters) tall, around the dimensions of occupancy, special high-rise provisions, and exiting.

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Author: Erik Harris
Digital, 10 pages, 8.5"W x 11"H

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