Building and Fire Code Compliance and Representation Services
We know the codes, because we help create them
Hughes has earned a reputation as a trusted expert among regulators, legislators, and inspectors. As members of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council (I-Codes) and other regulatory organizations, our fire protection engineers participate in the development of code and fire safety requirements. Our staff continues to be instrumental in the development of fire models, modeling techniques and data collection.
Code equivalency solutions that deliver life safety
and preserve design integrity
Our engineers routinely draw on their deep knowledge of code
requirements and regulatory intent to develop and obtain approval
for code equivalencies, variances or alternate means and methods. Our background in fire testing, research, and development allows us to formulate solutions that are both safe and acceptable to regulators.
Code Analysis and Design Criteria
Hughes' experts identify and review design criteria for fire and life safety features and prepare code reports summarizing requirements and the proposed design approach.
Fire Safety Plans
Hughes fire safety schematics are designed for easy regulatory review and approval. They summarize applicable code criteria and show key means of egress features and required fire-rated construction, including all occupancy and other separation requirements, smoke and fire zone boundaries, and hazardous materials control areas.
Construction Administration Services
Hughes engineers will help you with post-design and construction issues to ensure compliance with the design and specifications as well as the code requirements. They will respond to contractor RFIs, identify in-the-field solutions, review shop drawings for fire protection systems, and review fire stopping and fire-proofing details and installation. We will also test fire protection systems to assist with commissioning and acceptance.
Codes and Standards Revisions
Hughes addresses regional or national issues that require special attention from the codes and standards community. We can introduce and coordinate acceptance of sound, technically-based code revisions and we will work with building owners, manufacturers and technical committees to establish appropriate levels of fire safety.