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  • #: 226188
  • Price: $4.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 2011-01-22
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 0.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: AppsToKnow, LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
  • © 2011 AppsToKnow, LLC
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Based on the 2006 IBC, Building Decoder makes it easy for both the novice and experienced building professional to Decode the Building Code.

Building Decoder is comprised of 5 separate and distinct sections which can be used separately or together:

1. Use Input & Use Summary: Calculates Max. Building Size, Egress and Plumbing Fixture Requirements.

2. Fire Rating: Summarizes the required Fire Ratings of the building components, such as the Structure, Walls, Floors and Roofs.

3. Openings: Summarizes the required rating for Openings in walls, such as Doors and Windows.

4. Separation: Summarizes the required hourly Separation between different uses, such as Business and Assembly.

5. Incidental Use: Summarizes the required hourly separation for Incidental Use areas, such Boiler rooms, Laboratories and rooms that house hazardous uses.

Calculations and code references are included to make it easy to continue with your code research.

Please see the AppsToKnow website for instructions and additional screenshots.

Building Decoder provides the following information:

Occupant Load

* Includes an override for manually input a Total Occupant Load.

* Includes calculations for ‘Assembly - Fixed Seats’ and ‘Bowling Centers’

Area Increase adjustments for:

* Sprinklers

* Area Increase

* Multi Story

Required Egress:

* Min. Number of Required Exits

* Min. Door Egress Width

* Min. Stair Egress Width

* Max. Travel Distance

* Max. Dead End Corridor

Allowable Building Size:

* Max. Building Height

* Max. Number of Stories

* Max. S.F. per Story

* Max. Building S.F. (Multi Story)

* Max. Building S.F. w/ Basement

Minimum Fixture Counts

* Women's Lav’s & Toilets

* Men’s Lav’s, Toilets & Urinals

* Drinking Fountains, Sinks and Showers

Fire Ratings:

* Separation of Uses

* Building Component Ratings

* Openings Ratings

* Separation for Incidental Use


Building Decoder is not a substitute for the Building Codes. Knowledge of and access to the Building Codes is required to properly use this App. Please consult the local code officials to verify the codes being used in jurisdiction of the Work. AppsToKnow is not liable for any claim or damages that arise from the use of this application.

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5/5 stars

Good app for commercial contractors

This app has some very useful information regarding codes for the commercial contractor or designer. It is pretty straightforward.


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