International Existing Building Code 2015 (IEBC 2015)

Chapter 1 Scope and Administration

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 Provisions for all Compliance Methods

Chapter 4 Prescriptive Compliance Method

Chapter 5 Classification of Work

Chapter 6 Repairs

Chapter 7 Alterations ‒ Level 1

Chapter 8 Alterations ‒ Level 2

Chapter 9 Alterations ‒ Level 3

Chapter 10 Change of Occupancy

Chapter 11 Additions

Chapter 12 Historic Buildings

Chapter 13 Relocated or Moved Buildings

Chapter 14 Performance Compliance Methods

Chapter 15 Construction Safeguards

Chapter 16 Referenced Standards

Appendix A Guidelines for the Seismic Retrofit of Existing Buildings

Chapter A1 Seismic Strengthening Provisions for Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Buildings

Chapter A2 Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Existing Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced Masonry Wall Buildings with Flexible Diaphragms

Chapter A3 Prescriptive Provisions for Seismic Strengthening of Cripple Walls and Sill Plate Anchorage of Light, Wood-Frame Residential Buildings

Chapter A4 Earthquake Risk Reduction in Wood-Frame Residential Buildings with Soft, Weak or Open Front Walls

Chapter A5 Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Existing Concrete Buildings

Chapter A6 Referenced Standards

Resource A Guidelines on Fire Ratings of Archaic Materials and Assemblies

The provisions of this chapter shall be used in conjunction with Chapters 6 through 13 and shall apply to the alteration, repair, addition and change of occupancy of existing structures, including historic and moved structures, as referenced in Section 301.1.2. The work performed on an existing building shall be classified in accordance with this chapter.
Alterations, repairs, additions and changes of occupancy to existing structures shall comply with the provisions of Chapters 6 through 13 or with one of the alternatives provided in Section 301.1.
The work area, as defined in Chapter 2, shall be identified on the construction documents.
Within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit, a single-station smoke alarm shall be installed in the following locations:
  1. In each sleeping room or each area directly outside the sleeping room.
  2. On each floor level including the basement level.
     For sleeping units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent leve ls, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than 1 full story below the upper level.
The required equipment for smoke alarms consist of the following:
  1. Installation. Smoke alarm devices shall be listed and installed in accordance with the provisions of this code, the manufacturers installation requirements, and the provisions of NFPA 72 as listed in chapter 16.
  2. Power Source. The equipment shall be operable by power from 1 of the following primary sources.

    1. The building wiring provided that such wiring is served from a commercial source and is equipped with a battery backup. Wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than as required for overcurrent protection.
    2. A non-rechargeable battery that is capable of operating the smoke alarm in the normal condition for a life of 5 years.
    3. A rechargeable battery, with proper charging, able to power the alarm for a life of 5 years and shall be automatically recharged by an AC circuit of the commercial light and power source.
    4. A household or commercial use alarm system with battery backup listed and approved in accordance with the household and commercial fire warning equipment provisions of NFPA 72, as adopted by reference in this rule.
  3. Audible Alarm Notification. The activation of the alarm signal shall produce a sound that is audible in all occupiable dwelling areas.
  4. Testing and Maintenance. The owner of a dwelling unit, in which required or optional fire detection or fire protection systems equipment is installed, shall be responsible for the proper operation, testing, and maintenance of the equipment in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions included with the equipment. The occupant of rental dwelling units shall be responsible for the periodic operational testing and periodic cleaning of the installed equipment within the rental unit in accordance with the testing instructions provided in the manufacturer's instructions for the equipment. If the system fails, breaks, or is out of service, it shall be repaired and functional within 30 days.
  5. Exception: Smoke alarms and devices installed in buildings constructed before November 6, 1974 where an installation was approved by the appropriate enforcing agency under regulations in effect at the time of the installation shall be considered to comply with the provisions of the code.
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Repairs, as defined in Chapter 2, include the patching or restoration or replacement of damaged materials, elements, equipment or fixtures for the purpose of maintaining such components in good or sound condition with respect to existing loads or performance requirements.
Repairs shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 6.
Work on nondama ged components that is necessary for the required repair of damaged components shall be considered part of the repair and shall not be subject to the provisions of Chapter 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11.
Level 1 alterations include the removal and replacement or the covering of existing materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures using new materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures that serve the same purpose.
Level 1 alterations shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 7.
Level 2 alterations include the reconfiguration of space, the addition or elimination of any door or window, the reconfiguration or extension of any system, or the installation of any additional equipment.
Level 2 alterations shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 7 for Level 1 alterations as well as the provisions of Chapter 8.
Level 3 alterations apply where the work area exceeds 50 percent of the building area.
Level 3 alterations shall comply with the provisions of Chapters 7 and 8 for Level 1 and 2 alterations, respectively, as well as the provisions of Chapter 9.
Change of occupancy provisions apply where the activity is classified as a change of occupancy as defined in Chapter 2.
Changes of occupancy shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 10.
Provisions for additions shall apply where work is classified as an addition as defined in Chapter 2.
Additions to existing buildings shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 11.
Historic building provisions shall apply to buildings classified as historic as defined in Chapter 2.
Except as specifically provided for in Chapter 12, historic buildings shall comply with applicable provisions of this code for the type of work being performed.
Relocated building provisions shall apply to relocated or moved buildings.
Relocated buildings shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 13.