Our Code of Ethics says that members shall, “uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for the performance of engineering and geoscience work.”
That simply means that Engineers may not work for free. Preparing estimates and giving advice is engineering work and engineering work requires “adequate compensation.”
According to the Provincial Government, The BC Building Code is a provincial regulation for new construction and building alterations, establishing minimum standards for safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings, and protection of the building or facility from water and sewer damage. The Building Code also includes requirements for energy and water efficiency. The Code applies throughout the province, except for some Federal lands and the City of Vancouver.
When an engineer designs a building, the components are balanced; they are neither smaller nor larger than they need to be. This protects public safety and avoids waste.
No. We are not Building Envelope Engineers.
No. This is not within our area of expertise.
No. A top cap is mandatory. Please read the City of Vancouver’s Interpretation below.
Glass Guards – VBBL Interpretation
Often when you apply for a building permit, the building official will tell you that you need a structural engineer. She may say something like, you need to submit a Schedule B or we need letters of assurance or we need an engineer’s report or your plans need to be sealed by a structural engineer. Her request for engineering may be based upon whether or not your structure makes use of Part 4 components. Things like girder trusses, LVLs, I-Joists or high foundation walls are Part 4 components. Part 4 components are structural members that can’t be found within Part 9 of the Building Code. (Part 9 is a simplified code within the Building Code of British Columbia meant for small buildings and homes.) You may need a structural engineer for other reasons such as exterior walls dominated by windows or open concept floor plans with few interior walls. Most of our registered home professional builders use our services on every project they build regardless of whether or not the municipality asks for it. They say that it is a small price for peace of mind.