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The scope of the International Building Code® (IBC®) includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. The International Building Code (IBC) is the foundation of the complete Family of International Codes®. It is an essential tool to preserve public health and safety. The Codes You Need are at Your Fingertips With premiumACCESS™. Buy Now. International Building Code from $ Monthly Renewal Subscription.

The I-Codes may indicate your project is required to have a sprinkler system throughout the building.

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The I-Codes do not indicate exactly how the sprinkler system must be designed. However, the I-Codes adopt NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems which provides you with the requirements on sprinkler head spacing, sprinkler type, location, etc.

This is also typical to other systems such as fire alarms.

Every new building and even existing buildings must be designed to accommodate handicapped patrons. Therefore, it is important to determine the application of each document based on the project scope and location.

Log in. Skip to the beginning of the images gallery. Add to Cart. Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory.

New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories. Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height.

Where an elevator hoistway door opens into a fire-resistance-rated corridor, the opening must be protected in a manner to address smoke intrusion into the hoistway.

The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised to one occupant per square feet.

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Live loads on decks and balconies increase the deck live load to one and one-half times the live load of the area served.

The minimum lateral load that fire walls are required to resist is five pounds per square foot. Wind speed maps updated, including maps for the state of Hawaii.

Terminology describing wind speeds has changed again with ultimate design wind speeds now called basic design wind speeds. Site soil coefficients now correspond to the newest generation of ground motion attenuation equations seismic values. Five-foot tall wood trusses requiring permanent bracing must have a periodic special inspection to verify that the required bracing has been installed.

New alternative fastener schedule for construction of mechanically laminated decking is added giving equivalent power-driven fasteners for the penny nail. Solid sawn lumber header and girder spans for the exterior bearing walls reduce span lengths to allow 2 Southern Pine design values.

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Existing structures[ edit ] Building code requirements generally apply to the construction of new buildings and alterations or additions to existing buildings, changes in the use of buildings, and the demolition of buildings or portions of buildings at the ends of their useful or economic lives.

As such, building codes obtain their effect from the voluntary decisions of property owners to erect, alter, add to, or demolish a building in a jurisdiction where a building code applies, because these circumstances routinely require a permit.

The plans are subject to review for compliance with current building codes as part of the permit application process. Generally, building codes are not otherwise retroactive except to correct an imminent hazard. However, accessibility standards — similar to those referenced in the model building codes — may be retroactive subject to the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA which is a federal civil rights requirement.

International Building Codes

Alterations and additions to an existing building must usually comply with all new requirements applicable to their scope as related to the intended use of the building as defined by the adopted code e. Some changes in the use of a building often expose the entire building to the requirement to comply fully with provisions of the code applicable to the new use because the applicability of the code is use-specific.

A change in use usually changes the applicability of code requirements and as such, will subject the building to review for compliance with the currently applicable codes refer to Section , Change of Occupancy, International Building Code — This article needs additional citations for verification.

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For users more familiar with the International Building Code organization, the Department of Buildings has prepared a table which correlates provisions of the Municipal Code of Chicago to chapters within the Common Code Format topical groups. Chicago's Online Building Permit System. It is important to refer to the specific requirements for your local jurisdiction since many state and local agencies have modifications to the code.

At minimum, this ensures that any new construction maintains the current level of compliance or are improved to meet basic safety levels. These requirements are partially based on and incorporate provisions of model codes published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME and other standards development organizations.

International Code Council The International Code Council provides free code references for a number of states , plus free access to the International Codes. The organization's I-Codes provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace.

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