Concerning building codes and government regulations, this course will explain the exceptions that are given to existing buildings and how they are different from the exceptions given to historic buildings.  Important exceptions will be explained for the International Existing Building Code, the International Energy Conservation Code, the Comcheck energy analysis software, the Texas Accessibility Standards, and the Fair Housing Guidelines.

Come two-step with us through the codes and regulations for existing and historic buildings!

Food and drinks will be served.


Tony Eeds
Mr. Eeds has over 45 years of experience as a contractor and architect, completing projects as varied National Historic Restorations of high rise structures as well as adaptive reuse of buildings such as restaurant and retail spaces Mr Eeds has filled the role of both architect and contractor on many of these projects.  He has also spoken extensively about adaptive reuse and historic preservation to a variety of profession audiences and has won several awards for his efforts in preservation and downtown revitalization. Mr. Eeds has served on multiple statewide and local boards, serving as board chair and president of two.  While serving as the president of a statewide organization, Mr. Eeds was responsible for writing and obtaining grants in excess of As an architect and contractor; Mr Eeds has completed in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars in design and construction projects across Texas.

Norman Alston, AIA
Norm has more than 37 years of professional experience in architecture, planning, historic preservation and cultural resource management. After 10 years of doing what he refers to as “normal” architecture, he founded Norman Alston Architects and has devoted the rest of his career to the protection, preservation and restoration of Texas’ rich architectural heritage. His award-winning projects span across his beloved Texas. He is particularly proud to have been recently selected to assist with current renovations and restoration at the Alamo. Norman Alston is also a frequent speaker and sometimes writer/blogger on architecture and historic preservation issues.

When he is not at work saving historic architecture, he is spending his free time saving historic architecture. He has been twice appointed by City Council to the Dallas Landmark Commission and over the past 20 years has chaired multiple committees and task forces for the Commission. This includes serving on the Commission’s Preservation Incentives Task Force which received a Spirit of Preservation Award from Preservation Dallas. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, he was asked to lead the Historic Preservation Task Force and is now the chair of the newly-revived Historic Resources Committee. He also serves on the Historic Resources Committee of the Texas Society of Architects. He also serves on the Antiquities Advisory Board of the Texas Historical Commission and the City of Dallas’ Urban Design Peer Review Panel.


DCFA Parking:  We are located between Harwood and St. Paul on the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road. Free Parking is available in front after 4:45pm and in the 17 spaces marked "RESERVED DCFA" on the surface level lot behind the credit union accessible from Harwood Street. Paid parking garage within walking distance. Refer to the attached map for these locations.

Dart Train: A short walk from Victory Station and St. Paul Station. Visit for more information.

MAC Trolley: Take M-Line Trolley. Visit for more information.


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