Date: June 10, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm - 1 AIA Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit

Applying the ‘Rehab Code’ for Commercial Building Projects

Applying the ‘Rehab Code’ for Commercial Building Repairs, Alterations, Changes of Occupancy, and Additions
Presented by the Building Codes & Regulations Committee of AIA Detroit


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
1 Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) AIA Learning Unit

Presentation Purpose and Learning Objectives
The purpose of this presentation is to improve the code awareness of the design professional and other construction-related representatives with regard to the history, use and code requirements of the 2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings (MRCEB or Rehab Code). An attendee of the presentation should leave the seminar having learned the following content objectives:

  • Identify and discuss the code-compliance options that exist when designing a ‘new building’ v performing construction in an ‘existing building’.
  • Review the history and rationale of the ‘existing building’ code provisions of the MRCEB.
  • Overview the different compliance options and methods of application contained within the MRCEB.
  • Review the difference requirements of the provisions within the ‘work area method’ of the MRCEB.

Speaker Info
The presentation will be performed by Mr. Brian J. Tognetti of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE). Mr. Tognetti has over 25 years of architectural experience; is a registered architect in the states of Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee; is a member of the Southeast Michigan Building Officials and Inspectors Association (SEMBOIA), is a professional member of the International Code Council (ICC), has served on the Board of Directors for the AIA Detroit Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit (AIAD BEC) and the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and is a member of the AIA Detroit Building Codes and Regulations Committee (AIAD BCRC). Mr. Tognetti is also a Public Act 407 (54) state-certified instructor in Michigan for providing continuing education technical seminars on the use, application, and enforcement of building code provisions for building officials, building inspectors, and plan reviewers.

At WJE, one of his areas of expertise involves assessing the application of regulatory codes and standards as they relate to construction activity taking place in existing buildings, such as, repairs, alterations, changes of occupancy, and additions. He routinely performs these code consulting services throughout the Midwest, as well as the nation, having provided these services, and other exterior envelope related consulting, in 39 states to-date. Often his services are requested to assist the design, construction and enforcement team in determining what is required to be performed by the jurisdiction’s adopted codes and standards as it relates to existing buildings. Mr. Tognetti helps expand the code awareness for the design and construction profession by bridging the relationship between the building authority, the building owner, the design professional, the contractor, and other interested personnel.

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