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KE Associate Helping Set Standards for Building Safety

Karpinski Engineering Associate Greg Lavriha has been appointed to the International Code Council’s International Mechanical Code (IMC) Code Development Committee. The IMC Code Development Committee is part of the International Code Council’s (ICC) Codes and Standards Council. Greg’s three-year appointment lasts from 2015-2017.

The IMC is one of several codes produced by the ICC. Collectively, the International Codes (also called I-Codes) “are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes” and are the model  for the bulk of state code language. (Source.)

As a member of the committee, Greg explained, he will work behind the scenes on something that impacts design professionals every day.

The I-Codes impact how buildings are designed and constructed. They address topics ranging from the appropriate number of building exits to proper ventilation of buildings.

Along with the other committee members, Greg will review and research proposed changes to the International Mechanical Code, and he will make recommendations on those proposals. With his years of healthcare design experience, Greg will be able to provide targeted input on the impact of potential code changes on healthcare environments.

The I-Codes are used broadly across the United States. They have been adopted by “fifty states and the District of Columbia...at the state or jurisdictional level.” (Source.)

For Greg, the appointment is an opportunity to “use my expertise in the design field to help make codes more usable and easier to apply to projects."





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