Railing Design as Applied to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and IBC

Duration: 1 hour

Presentation qualifies for (1) C.E.U. and also qualifies for a HSW credit.

Summary: 

The purpose of this presentation is to educate on all aspects of railing design as applied to National ADA and IBC standards.  Railing is a permanent fixture included in design to provide guidance and stability while preventing falls and injuries.  By following codes and regulations for railing design, materials, and installation provided in this presentation, architects can design for a more accessible and barrier free environment while meeting all relevant standards and codes.

Learning Objectives:

  • ADA overview for areas that may require railing for guidance or fall protection
  • Relevant Sections of IBC 2009/2012
  • How to Specify Railing Systems for ADA and IBC Standards
    • Design Considerations
    • Materials
      • Understand differences between steel and aluminum railing systems
    • Mounting Conditions
    • Structural Codes
    • Understand basic requirements and criteria when specifying metal guardrails and handrails
    • Understand specifying criteria for metal infill panels for guardrails
    • Infill panels and retention system materials
    • Cost Comparisons of Various Systems

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Metal Railing Specifications

Duration: 1 hour

Presentation qualifies for (1) C.E.U. and also qualifies for a HSW credit.

Summary: 

The purpose of this presentation is to educate all aspects of railing from design to installation.  Railing is a permanent fixture included in design to provide guidance and stability while preventing falls and injuries.  By following codes and regulations for railing design, materials, and installation provided in this presentation, individuals will be provided with a safer environment to move through.

Learning Objectives:

  • Steel vs. Aluminum Railing Systems
  • Mechanical vs. Welded vs. Chemical
  • IBC Codes and Specifications for handrail and guardrail
  • Understand differences between steel and aluminum railing systems
  • Understand guardrail and handrail codes
  • Understand basic requirements and criteria when specifying metal guardrails and handrails
  • Understand specifying criteria for metal infill panels for guardrails
  • Mounting Conditions and Engineering Calculations – core, top and side mount in wood, steel and concrete
  • Infill panels and retention system materials
  • Incorrect materials and mounting conditions-strength of materials, ladder effect, reinforcement considerations
  • Cost Comparisons of Various Systems
  • Past Project Review