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Old 10-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Are concrete houses/buildings always engineered or are there general rules that are used up until a certain amount of complexity is reached?

For example is your typical ICF house engineered or does that only become a requirement when certain wall heights/window openings/cement ceilings/retaining walls start to happen?

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Old 10-07-2013, 05:24 AM   #2
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to most permit-granting agencies, pro (reg architect/pro engineer ) -stamp'd plans ARE ' engineered ',,, typical icf bldg is just like lego blocks,,, the only interesting bumps are blockout window bucks, rebar placement, & keeping the walls plumb/square,,, conc ceilings rely on temp support columns.

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for those who's code is based upon the 2009 International Residential Code can use the prescriptive requirements for their design. Prescriptive means you do not need an "engineered" design because it is pre-engineered.

Of course you must comply with all the prescriptive requirements, and anything that falls outside of the prescriptive requirements may be required to be engineered.

http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_6_par235.htm
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@GBrackins - Thanks, are there prescriptive requirements for cement ceilings as well or just walls?
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just walls, each insulated concrete form company have their own standards for concrete floors. ICF have their own "engineer" that usually can work with you
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