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AVELAR’s Library of Historic ‘Title 24’ Codes; 1982 California Architectural Barriers Laws and Interpretive Manual & 1984 Update to California Architectural Barriers Laws & Interpretive Manual DOWNLOADS

AVELAR has opened its library of circa 1970-to-1990 California building and accessibility standards to share with all interested building and accessibility professionals. Many of the historical records to be released are cited in senior partner Lonnie Haughton’s paper chronicling the “History and Backstories of California’s ‘1985 State Building Code”.

A key player in the intertwined series of advocacy and events that led to the State Building Standards Commission’s adoption of its initial ‘1981 State Building Code’ was John A. Raeber, AIA, CSI, CCS, who gave testimony for the Barrier Free Design Committee of the California Council, American Institute of Architects at 1980 hearings on the California State Architect’s proposed regulations.  Mr. Raeber then represented CCAIA on the Commission’s Advisory Panel for its review of the proposed access regulations submitted by the Office of the State Architect and the Commission of Housing and Community Development.

Based on his work on the Advisory Panel, Raeber was engaged to serve as staff consultant to the State Building Standards Commission, reviewing the proposed access regulations for the disabled. As staff consultant he reviewed the final OSA proposal and submitted over 150 comments which were the basis for the Commission hearing on September 25, 1981 at which regulations were adopted. The final two hearings that led to the adoption of the 1981 State Building Code’s accessibility regulations were so contentious that Raeber felt the need to wear a bulletproof vest.

Subsequently, Mr. Raeber authored his seminal manual, “California Architectural Barriers Laws and Interpretive Manual for Barrier-Free Design” (CAL-ABL), and then presented seminars throughout the state to introduce architects to these new accessibility regulations for public buildings and public accommodations.

With John Raeber’s permission, AVELAR is releasing the following links to scanned copies of the 1982 and ‘1984 update’ editions of his CAL-ABL manuals.

(Our team’s next release will be a copy of the 1989 edition of CAL-ABL.)

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