This code applies to most buildings in most juridictions. It's the 2009 revision, so check with your local authority having jurisdiction as to which revision cycle is currently in force (we have later revisions; use the breadcrumb trail to find them).
The 2006 International Building Code features time-tested safety concepts, structural, and fire and life safety provisions covering means of egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, innovative construction technology, occupancy classifications, and the latest industry standards in material design.
It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs, and based on years of combined experience andtechnical expertise of the three model code groups: ICBO, BOCA, and SBCCI.
The 2009 International Building Code covers all buildings except detached one and two family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height. This comprehensive code features time-tested safety concepts, structural, and fire and life safety provisions covering means of egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, innovative construction technology, occupancy classifications, and the latest industry standards in material design. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs.
Bonus CD included!
This CD contains helpful resources such as excerpts from code references, historical background on code changes, informative articles from ICC's Building Safety Journal, Internet links to many useful tools, and much more.
The 2009 edition of International Building Code (IBC) will better protect occupants of tall buildings, contains new provisions for ambulatory health care facilities and provides guidelines for constructing storm shelters.
New to the 2009 International Building Code:
Includes new requirements for storm shelters, based upon the new ICC/NSSA Standard, ICC 500-2008.
Contains provisions for fire service access elevators and emergency evacuation elevators in high rises more than 120 feet in height.
Establishes standards for Live/Work units.
New, simplified Alternate All-heights Method for wind design based on and in compliance with the ASCE 7 Analytical Procedure (Method 2).
Requires an additional stairway in high rises more than 420 feet in height unless the building includes special elevators that can be used for emergency evacuation.
An option to allow emergency evacuation elevators for building occupants.
Requirements for more robust fire proofing for buildings greater than 75 feet tall.
Requires improved structural and fire resistance standards for high-rises over 420 feet in height.
Allows "open mall" complexes to be considered under covered mall standards.
Established the "Ambulatory Health Care Center" category to enhance occupant safety at day surgery centers.
Allows Bed and Breakfast establishments with up to 10 transient visitors to meet standards for R-3 Occupancy rather than R-1 Occupancy.
Removed the special inspection exemption for Group R-3 Occupancies and clarified the requirements pertaining to special inspector qualifications.
The prescriptive use of wood structural panels in lieu of impact-resistant glazing or impact resistant covering is now limited only to buildings of Group R-3 or R-4 Occupancy.
The exception in IBC Section 1707.3 for special inspection of wood light frame construction where the fastener spacing of the sheathing is more than 4 inches on center also applies to cold-formed steel light frame construction.
Please note that detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings, such as townhouses, not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures are regulated under the provisions of the 2009 International Residential Code, which is available separately.
Author: International Code Council Format: Softcover Copyright: 2009 ISBN: 9781580017251
For every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures, the provisions of this code apply to their:
Who is the ICC? It's the International Code Council. The ICC says it's "a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process."
Why should you care? These codes form the basis for how construction must be done.
Many jurisdictions in the USA have adopted International Codes--sometimes in addition to other codes, sometimes in place of them. All fifty states (and U.S. possessions and many jurisdictions outside the USA) have adopted one or more of the International Codes, either with amendments or exactly as is.
Many owners (construction customers) are bound by International Codes, due to corporate policies--especially if the parent company is based outside the USA.
Code convergence is increasing. Other codes are becoming more like the International Codes with each code cycle.
Conforming to these codes, even if not specifically required to do by the local authority having jurisdiction, can make a huge difference in a liability suit.
The International Codes, if not required in your jurisdiction, can fill some "holes" in other applicable codes for engineering or design quality purposes. Thus, they make it easier for you to "sell" to the customer the right way to do the job. You have an authoritative basis for the "price hike" you are proposing over a less suitable design.
If you are not using International Codes now, you will be. Get in the habit of working with these codes.
Bonus! Now, here's a bonus for you. Suppose the state doesn't list a specific code. You do the work, something happens, and you are in court defending yourself against claims that your work resulted in an unsafe installation. There's no inspection report, because there was no standard required by your state. But wait. You did the work per the applicable ICC codes. Now, assuming good workmanship and good materials, the other party has a frivolous case.
Safety first. The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school, and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.
Federal applications. Many federal agencies (such as the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration) require work to be done per the the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops, domestically and deployed.
Where ICC came from. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). At one time, they each published their own codes. But in 1994, they established the International Code Council (ICC) as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of construction codes. The International Code Series subsequently replaced the codes previously published by these organizations.
Code Compliance Tips
Obviously, you need to know what the regulations and requirements are. That's why you should buy this standard.
As you apply a requirement, look at the principle behind it. If you satisfy the principle, you won't be subject to "interpretation revisions" being forced on you later.
To understand a particular provision, understand its context. So rather than look up a sentence and try to parse out its meaning, look at the entire code and how it's arranged. Where does the provision fit within this framework, and what is that chapter or section trying to accomplish?
Remember that members of all code-making bodies write the codes in respect to the laws of physics, and to the body of knowledge in the respective trade or skill area addressed by the code. If you also understand these things, then you will be able to more properly apply a given code requirement.
Codes are nearly always written as minimum requirements. You may need to go beyond the code requirements for optimum operational efficiency or to satisfy engineering requirements based on best practices. The codes almost never limit you from going beyond the requirements.