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2018 International Codes and References

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  1. 2018 International Building Code® (Cover Image)

    2018 International Building Code®

    The scope of the International Building Code® (IBC®) includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as:

    • 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 150 square feet.
    • 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 20-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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  2. 2018 International Green Construction Code®  (IgCC® ) (Cover Image)

    2018 International Green Construction Code® (IgCC® )

    A whole system approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings, the IgCC contains measures that result in better indoor environments, lower impact on natural resources, better neighborhood connections, and improved walkability. Its revised format includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The IgCC provisions allow the seamless coordination with either the IECC® or ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for ease of adoption in any jurisdiction.

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    As low as: $116.00

  3. 2018 IBC® Code and Commentary, Volume 1 (Cover Image)

    2018 IBC® Code and Commentary, Volume 1

    A practical tool that helps you to master the code you deal with every day!

    This comprehensive publication provides a convenient reference for regulations in chapters 1 through 15 of the 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®).

    Presented in an easy-to-reference format the commentary includes the full text of the code, including tables and figures, followed by corresponding commentary at the end of each section in one document. Every chapter begins with "General Comments" and "Purpose" sections followed by code and commentary to subsequent sections, tables and figures.

    This in-depth publication focuses on providing the full meaning and implications of the 2018 IBC®. The commentaries are designed to suggest the most effective method of application, and the consequences of not adhering to the code.

    This is an excellent reference for code officials, engineers, architects, inspectors, plans examiners, contractors and anyone who needs a better understanding of the 2018 IBC®.

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    As low as: $115.00

  4. 2018 IFC® Code and Commentary (Cover Image)

    2018 IFC® Code and Commentary

    The 2018 International Fire Code Commentary is a two volume set (Volumes not sold separately) . Volume 1 contains chapters 1 through 19 and Volume 2 contains chapters 20 through 80 and the appendices.

    A practical tool that helps you to master the code you deal with every day!

    This comprehensive publication provides a convenient reference for regulations in the 2018 International Fire Code® (IFC®).

    Presented in an easy-to-reference format the commentary includes the full text of the code, including tables and figures, followed by corresponding commentary at the end of each section in one document. Every chapter begins with "General Comments" and "Purpose" sections followed by code and commentary to subsequent sections, tables and figures.

    This in-depth publication focuses on providing the full meaning and implications of the 2018 IFC®. The commentaries are designed to suggest the most effective method of application, and the consequences of not adhering to the code.

    This is an excellent reference for code officials, engineers, architects, inspectors, plans examiners, contractors and anyone who needs a better understanding of the 2018 IFC®.

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    As low as: $128.00

  5. 2018 IECC® Code and Commentary (Cover Image)

    2018 IECC® Code and Commentary

    This comprehensive publication provides a convenient reference for regulations in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC®).

    The commentary series is presented in an easy-to-understand format. Every chapter begins with "General Comments" and "Purpose" sections followed by code and commentary to subsequent sections, tables and figures. This in-depth publication focuses on providing the full meaning and implications of the 2018 IECC®.

    The commentaries are designed to suggest the most effective method of application, and the consequences of not adhering to the code. This is an excellent reference for code officials, engineers, architects, inspectors, plans examiners, contractors and anyone who needs a better understanding of the 2018 IECC®.

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    As low as: $54.50

  6. 2018 IBC® Code and Commentary, Volume 2 (Cover Image)

    2018 IBC® Code and Commentary, Volume 2

    A practical tool that helps you to master the code you deal with everyday!

    This comprehensive yet concise publication provides a convenient reference for regulations in chapters 16 through 35 of the 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®).

    The commentary series is presented in an easy-to-understand format. Every chapter begins with "General Comments" and "Purpose" sections followed by code and commentary to subsequent sections, tables and figures.

    This in-depth publication focuses on providing the full meaning and implications of the 2018 IBC®. The commentaries are designed to suggest the most effective method of application, and the consequences of not adhering to the code.

    This is an excellent reference for code officials, engineers, architects, inspectors, plans examiners, contractors and anyone who needs a better understanding of the 2018 IBC®.

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    As low as: $115.00

  7. 2018 IBC® Code and Commentary Combo, Vol. 1 & 2 (Cover Image)

    2018 IBC® Code and Commentary Combo, Vol. 1 & 2

    This bundle includes both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the 2018 International Building Code Commentary. Volume 1 contains chapters 1 through 15 (administrative and fire & life safety provisions) and Volume 2 contains chapters 16 through 35 (includes structural provisions) and the appendices.

    This comprehensive yet concise publication provides a convenient reference for regulations of the 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®).

    The commentary series is presented in an easy-to-understand format. Every chapter begins with "General Comments" and "Purpose" sections followed by code and commentary to subsequent sections, tables and figures. This in-depth publication focuses on providing the full meaning and implications of the 2018 IBC.

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    As low as: $197.00

  8. 2018 International Residential Code® (Cover Image)

    2018 International Residential Code®

    This comprehensive code comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    The IRC contains many important changes such as:

    • An updated seismic map reflects the most conservative Seismic Design Category (SDC) based on any soil type and a new map reflects less conservative SDCs when Site Class A, B or D is applicable.
    • The townhouse separation provisions now include options for using two separate fire-resistant-rated walls or a common wall.
    • An emergency escape and rescue opening is no longer required in basement sleeping rooms where the dwelling has an automatic fire sprinkler system and the basement has a second means of egress or an emergency escape opening.
    • The exemption for interconnection of smoke alarms in existing areas has been deleted.
    • New girder/header tables have been revised to incorporate the use of #2 Southern Pine in lieu of #1 Southern Pine.
    • New tables address alternative wood stud heights and the required number of full height studs in high wind areas.
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    As low as: $111.00

  9. 2015 International Fire Code®  (Cover Image)

    2018 International Fire Code®

    The IFC contains regulations to safeguard life and property from fires and explosion hazards. Topics include general precautions, emergency planning and preparedness, fire department access and water supplies, automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, special hazards, and the storage and use of hazardous materials. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    Key changes to the IFC include:

    • New provisions address hazards related to outdoor pallet storage, higher education laboratories, mobile food trucks and plant processing and extraction activities.
    • Required sprinkler protection of Group E occupancies has been expanded through the introduction of a new thresholds related to fire areas.
    • Manual fire alarm systems in Group A occupancies are now required not only when the occupant load is 300 or more but also where the occupant load exceeds 100 above or below the lowest level of exit discharge.
    • A manual fire alarm system and an automatic smoke detection system are no longer required in Group R-4 occupancies.
    • Mass Notification Requirements for college and university buildings have been added to the code.
    • New provisions require illumination for the exit discharge path of travel to the public way or to a safe dispersal area for all occupancies.
    • Sprinkler protection is now required in existing Group A-2 occupancies having an occupant load of 300 or more where alcoholic beverages are consumed.
    • A new chapter has been added to address issues related to Energy Systems.
    • Provisions have been added to address the hazards associated with outdoor assembly events, indoor trade shows and exhibitions.
    • The fire watch requirements for construction and demolition activities have been enhanced.
    • The provisions for the maintenance of fire and smoke protection features in Chapter 7 have been enhanced and reorganized.
    • The applicability of the decorative materials requirements in Chapter 8 have been clarified.
    • Integrated testing requirements for fire protection and life safety systems have been added for high rise buildings and smoke control systems.
    • The requirements for gas detection systems have been revised throughout the code to be more reflective of industry practice.
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    As low as: $92.00

  10. 2018 International Plumbing Code®  (Cover Image)

    2018 International Plumbing Code®

    The IPC provides minimum regulations for plumbing facilities in terms of both performance and prescriptive objectives, and provides for the acceptance of new and innovative products, materials, and systems. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    Important changes include:

    • Updated table for the Minimum Number of Required Plumbing Fixtures.
    • Single-user toilet facilities (a room having a single water closet and a single lavatory) are not required to be labeled for use by only a male or female (separated use designations).
    • Solar thermal water heating systems need to conform to the ICC 900/SRCC 300 standard.
    • Well systems are required to comply with standard NGWA-01 where local requirements do not cover subject matter or are lacking in detail on others.
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    As low as: $70.00

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