With site development driving up preconstruction expenses, high-rise construction is increasing. Much of this growth is occurring in multi-family residential structures being built to alleviate a shortage of housing in developed urban areas. Most of these incorporate at least a small outdoor living area or balcony. The necessary railings for these balconies and outside areas form a big part of the visual impact of such projects. Their initial and continued appearance will matter to developers. However, railings must first and foremost, meet code requirements like those in the commercial IBC or residential IRC.