If you’re looking to build a new home or remodel an existing home then it’s time you become concerned about building codes. What they are, how they work, and why they are important. We found this article with a lot of great information that we know will help guide you through the waters of building codes.
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From the article:
Building Codes, Broken Down
If you take a walk around your house or office with an eye to all of the elements that must be in place for it to be safe and well functioning — fire exits and alarms, for instance — you’ll quickly understand why the International Building Code is hundreds of pages long. And as if that massive amount of information isn’t intimidating enough on its own, the ICC makes reference to other codes as well, including the National Electric Code, the International Plumbing Code and the National Fire Protection Association standards. That means that any city or town that adopts the ICC’s code needs to adhere to the portions of those other codes that are cited [source: ICC].
Just to give you an idea of how comprehensive the International Building Code is, take a look at a handful of chapter titles, all of which are pretty self-explanatory regarding the subject matter and standards they cover:
- Fire Prevention
- Energy Efficiency
- Building Heights and Areas
- Interior Finishes
- Materials Used in Construction
- Foundation, Wall and Roof Construction
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