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WEBINAR – Building Height and Area Compliance with the 2012 International Building Code

March 27, 2013 – 10:00 am - 11:00 am




Join at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

This webinar is intended for design professionals who want to better understand how to successfully design multi-story wood buildings in compliance with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC). Focusing on allowable building height and area, it will cover Chapter 5 of the IBC with examples comparing buildings that are different in terms of their occupancy groups, construction types (Type III, IV and V) and design elements (e.g. yard vs. no yard, mezzanine, etc.). In particular the Code sections that are commonly misinterpreted or overlooked will be discussed. Also, the webinar will present the “Check Height and Area” software application that reviews and analyses building height and area in compliance with the IBC for buildings up to six stories, with up to four occupancy groups at each level. This user-friendly application is created to ease building code analysis. Step-by-step instructions will be provided and common issues related to height and area limitations will be illustrated with examples of actual mixed occupancy group, multi-story buildings.

Speaker Bio

Ara Sargsyan

Ara Sargsyan is an ICC Certified Building Official, Professional Civil Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, California Licensed General Contractor, and Real Estate Broker. He is an Office Manager at Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. Prior to becoming a manager he was a Plan Check Supervisor and the Training Officer at the Department.

Mr. Sargsyan’s professional experience also includes Building Code analysis, structural design, teaching civil engineering courses, research and investigation of acoustical properties of building materials. A number of his research works in noise control and building construction have been published and some have been utilized as textbooks.

Currently he serves two ICC Exam Development Committees. Also, he is a Structures Specialist of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

Mr. Sargsyan is the creator of the “Building Height and Area” and “Plumbing Fixtures” calculators that were launched online in 2008. Since then they have been widely used by Design Professionals and Building Officials throughout the nation.

He is a graduate of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.

Registration is free but space is limited to click on the link below to reserve your space.

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Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 1 credit (HSW).

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for 1 PDH credit.

Certificates will be emailed to participants within two weeks of the webinar.


If you are attending the webinar as a group, each person in your group requiring a certificate of attendance must sign the Group Sign-in form.

  • Download and print ONE sign-in sheet for your group.
  • Return the completed sign-in form by email within 72 hours to .
  • WoodWorks will send each attendee a certificate of completion within 2 weeks.

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees

Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet


27 March 2013
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.