The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to places of employment, state and local government services, public transportation, public accommodations, and commercial facilities and communication services.
Assembly is a term relating to construction that refers to the components of a structure, wall, or enclosure, combined and rated as a unit for code purposes.
Building codes are regulations that help protect the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants by setting minimum standards for construction materials and methods, as well as setting standards for design and construction that protect the building occupants from hazardous conditions.
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Building construction type is based on the level of combustibility of the materials used to construct the building, both exterior and interior, and is used to determine the allowable height and floor area of the building as well as the type of materials that can be used to construct interior components of the building.
CIDA refers to Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the body that ensures the quality of college- and university-level interior design programs by accreditation.
Contract documents include construction drawings and specifications, which are legal documents that communicate the design of a space or building so the project can be priced, permitted, and built.