Buildings That Are Easy To Assemble & Meet Or Beat California Building Load Requirements
Code requirements vary across the state of California, so it’s important to check with your local building department to find out what’s needed in your area. Once you find out what information you need, one of our building specialists can provide you with some of the documents required by your city or county.
Some locations in California have more complex building codes than others, but our building specialists can help you design your buildings accordingly to meet most code requirements. Many counties in California require California state stamped calculations, including:
- Contra Costa County
- San Bernardino
- Los Angeles
Your structure will come with SteelMaster State Stamped Engineered Blueprints that meet all California building load requirements. All designs and calculations are stamped by our licensed, engineer with clearly diagramed drawings of your building.
Many mountainous regions require blueprints to include deeper frost depths than normal, which SteelMaster can design accordingly. For example, Mono and Pluma Counties and South Lake Tahoe require the footings of our buildings to be 18” below grade.
Some counties, like Nevada County, require connection details to show how the parts of your structure go together. SteelMaster can help you meet this code requirement by providing these details on the blueprints.
California has adopted the model building codes maintained by the International Code Council. The International Building Code recognizes that steel is non-combustible, which means our fire-resistant metal buildings easily meet the California Fire Code. Steel buildings are considered to be both type 1 and type 2 buildings in fire codes. Type 1 categorizes it as fire resistant and type 2 determines that the structure is non-combustible.
In addition, the ICC’s seismic provisions represent the best guidance on how structures should be designed and constructed to limit seismic risk. SteelMaster’s earthquake-resistant structures strictly follow these earthquake building codes to ensure safety once each building is erected.
Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations governs the design and construction of buildings. It applies to all building occupancies in the state of California and contains requirements for structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Part six of Title 24 ensures new and existing buildings are energy efficient. The California Energy Commission implements and updates the California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Since 1978, the Energy Efficiency Standards have made buildings more comfortable with lower energy costs. The energy standards adopted in the California Code of Regulations make sure that builders use the most energy efficient technologies and construction.
SteelMaster is proud to offer environmentally friendly buildings. These eco-friendly structures are designed to reduce negative impact of construction on the natural environment by efficiently using energy, water and other resources, protecting occupant health and reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation. All SteelMaster metal Quonset huts are covered in Energy Star-rated Galvalume Plus coating, which reduces energy consumption by reflecting heat. This keeps your building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
There are also several ways to customize our energy efficient buildings to increase their sustainability. Customers may harness natural sunlight by installing large windows. They can also install on-site renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, hydro power or biomass to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the building and maximizing the building’s eco-friendly potential.