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The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:

1. Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies.
2. Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice; and
3. Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks.

California Residential Architects: Fire Code Alert

  • 1.  California Residential Architects: Fire Code Alert

    Posted 11-16-2020 07:01 PM

    The 2022 California Building Code development process will begin detailed hearings in early 2021.  AIA California generally monitors this process and has noted some early discussion of potential changes to the California Fire code that may be of interest to California residential design architects and their clients.  A few examples:

    • Possible increase in road / bridge / culvert design standards from 75,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds
    • Possible increase in water storage requirements
    • Possible restrictions on development within 100 feet of 'ridgelines'
    • Possible changes to WUI requirements


    Let me know if you may have interest in being a part of a virtual group of California design professionals for review and comment of code change proposals for the California Fire Code which will be effective January 1 2023. 

    Michael Malinowski FAIA
    Code Consultant to AIA California
    Sacramento CA