Renovating a building opens the doors to new and exciting opportunities and experiences; especially if you are renovating an old building. This entire process can be enjoyable – from building a new section if needed to pick out the décor, themes, and furniture e.t.c.
While the renovation process may seem easy and quick the last thing you want is the huge spanner in your renovation plans- and that is compliance. In California, there is a certain point at which simple redoing turns into the renovation and to renovate a building in this state requires one to adhere to accessibility and energy codes.
It would be unwise to not go by these guidelines but the plus is that they are quite simple. Here’s what you need to do for your building renovation to be compliant in California;
Accessible entrances and exits
Buildings need to have accessible entrances and exits for everyone. This is to ensure that everybody can enter the building and that all occupants of the building can leave safely in the event of an accident or crisis.
Due to this, most buildings are more often required to have more than one safe exit and this depends on the size of the building or the area of renovation.
An accessible route to the area of the renovation
Similar to accessible entrances and exits, the area in which a renovation is taking place needs to have a clear and safe route to and from it.
A minimum of one accessible restroom for each sex
Restrooms are important and availability and accessibility are paramount. Your building is required to have at least one restroom for each gender and according to the size of the building or renovation, this number may either go up or remain as one.
In the world of today, technological advances such as smartphones often cause many to forget about payphones or even landlines. When renovating your building this is one thing to keep in mind. Accessible and functional telephones are a must and as unbelievable as this may sound, not everyone has a personal telephone.
Working telephones are also a requirement in case of an emergency such as fires, sickness, injury, or disasters – natural and manmade.
Accessible drinking fountains
During the hot weather months of summer those who forget to carry water or run out can quickly become dehydrated and this, coupled with the blistering heat, can quickly lead to heatstroke and death.
Buildings are required to have accessible and functioning drinking fountains that dispense clean healthy water.
Accessible parking, storage, and alarms
Arriving at a building and locating inadequate parking or not finding it at all is one of the most frustrating feelings in the world. Buildings are required to have accessible parking for their occupants meaning that the parking should be in the range of the building.
The storage space of a building may not seem like such an important part of the equation but it is. Buildings need an accessible and functional storage space within the building.
Alarms and detectors such as those for smoke, carbon monoxide, fire, and theft are essential in all buildings. The accessibility and know-how of the operation of these devices are just as important as the presence of the devices.
Compliance with the energy code is also required for all building renovations and this happens when renovations in the building change the demand for energy through increases.
When renovating a building and you know that your energy use will spike, you should ensure that you are fully compliant with California’s energy code.