2018 International Building Code and References

The 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®) offers the most current and innovative set of regulations for commercial construction. A wide selection of helpful references has been developed by code experts to assist with all phases of construction, preparing for exams, and implementing new codes.

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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 Building Code Plan Review Records (Cover Image)

    2018 International Building Code Plan Review Records

    A thorough checklist of applicable code sections from the 2018 International Building Code®. The Plan Review Records is an essential resource to conduct detailed, consistent plan reviews. Sold in sets of 10.

    The PDF Download of the Plan Review Record is a PDF Form. This allows for the PDF to be completed for each project and saved/printed as needed. The Jurisdiction Name, Building Location, as well as the Date, Valuation and Fee information can be filled in per project.

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    As low as: $15.00

  3. Wind Design Manual Based on the 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16 Examples for Wind Forces on Buildings and Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Cover Image)

    Wind Design Manual Based on the 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16 Examples for Wind Forces on Buildings and Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    The Wind Design Manual provides examples on wind force design that illustrate the practical requirements of provisions in ASCE/SEI 7-16: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. Practicing structural engineers, trained designers, building department engineers, other plan review agencies, professors and students, can all learn from these examples of code-compliant designs engineered to achieve good performance under wind loading.

    Developed by the Wind Design Manual Task Group of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), the publication draws on the expertise of invited authors from various parts of the United States. The Wind Design Manual is intended for nationwide use, with example problems that apply to a variety of geographic areas. All are presented in a format similar to the SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals.

    A wide range of topics is covered

    • General topics (4 examples)
    • Specific topics (2 examples)
    • Buildings (3 examples)
    • Solar Photovoltaic systems (7 examples)
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  4. 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

  5. 2018 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook (Cover Image)

    2018 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook

    Thoroughly updated to address the provisions of the 2018 International Building Code®, this fully-illustrated guide makes it easy to understand and apply the most critical code provisions. Covering both fire- and life-safety and structural provisions, this practical resource contains hundreds of user-friendly diagrams designed to clarify the application and intent of the IBC®. The 2018 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook provides all the information needed to get construction jobs done right and achieve compliance. An invaluable companion to the 2018 IBC, it is a must have resource for building officials, architects, engineers, contractors and all building construction professionals.

    Features:

    • Updated to fully align with the 2018 IBC

    • Features more than 500 full-color illustrations

    • Covers both fire-and life-safety and structural provisions

    • Includes in-depth discussions and applications

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  6. Structural Loads - 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16 (Cover Image)

    Structural Load Determination 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16

    This practical guide shows, step by step, how to apply the provisions of the 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16 to accurately determine structural loads. The book contains information engineers need to design buildings that will withstand the forces of gravity, occupancy, and environmental stress. You will get design examples, flowcharts, and load diagrams that illustrate complex load provisions.

    Structural Load Determination Under 2018 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-16 opens with an introduction to structural loads and a discussion of the relationship between the IBC and ASCE 7 standards. From there, the book explains the proper application of allowable stress design (ASD), load resistance factor design (LRFD), and seismic load combinations. Subsequent chapters cover occupancy, roof, rain, snow, ice, wind, seismic, and tsunami loads. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the proper application of load provisions within the scope of everyday practice.

    • Clearly explains the complex load provisions found in the 2018 IBC and in ASCE/SEI 7-16
    • Shows how to calculate dead loads, occupancy live loads, roof live loads, and environmental loads
    • Written by an experienced structural engineer in conjunction with the ICC
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  7. Complete Revision History to the 2018 I-Codes: Successful Changes and Public Comments cover image

    Complete Revision History to the 2018 I-Codes: Successful Changes and Public Comments (PDF Download)

    Similar to a legislative history for laws and statutes, this collection provides a comprehensive background on each change that occurred in the 2018 IBC, IRC, IFC, IPC, IMC, IEBC and IECC including the original proposal, committee action, and final action documentation in a single source. The book compiles the proponent’s original reason for the change, unabridged statements that substantiated code development committee actions and the complete documentation for any public comment that was considered prior to final action on the change. This valuable collection greatly simplifies researching the history of a new, revised or deleted code section from 2015 to 2018 by showing all of the approved changes in legislative format helping the understanding, interpretation and intent of the 2018 I-Code provisions.

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  8. ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Plan Review Records (as referenced in the 2018 IBC®) (Cover Image)

    ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Plan Review Records (as referenced in the 2018 IBC®)

    A thorough checklist of applicable requirements from ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 as referenced in the 2018 International Building Code®. The Plan Review Records is an essential resource to conduct detailed, consistent plan reviews. Sold in sets of 10.

    The PDF Download of the Plan Review Record is a PDF Form. This allows for the PDF to be completed for each project and saved/printed as needed. The Jurisdiction Name, Building Location, as well as the Date, Valuation and Fee information can be filled in per project.

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    As low as: $15.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

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