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The Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the adoption of updated regulations for the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The adopted 2015 International Code Council (ICC) codes are effective October 1, 2018. The updated codes will apply to all commonwealth residents including business owners who build and/or renovate commercial structures, commercial and residential contractors, building and construction code officials, architects, engineers and construction trades. For additional information about the approved changes or to view the UCC RAC 2015 Code Review Report, please visit L&I’s website at UCC RAC.

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  1. 2015 International Building Code (Cover Image)

    2015 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

    CODE ALERT! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

    Design Spectral Response Accelerations are available from the U.S. Geological Survey from the US Seismic Design Map tool. Companion spectral response acceleration maps are also available. The accelerations were developed in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, Building Seismic Safety Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and E.V. Leyendecker, A.D. Frankel, and K.S. Rukstales of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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    As low as: $113.00

  2. 2015 International Residential Code (Cover Image)

    2015 International Residential Code®

    This comprehensive code compiles all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for non-commercial one- and two-family dwellings in one convenient code. The regulations cover dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    CODE ALERT! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

    Design Spectral Response Accelerations are available from the U.S. Geological Survey from the US Seismic Design Map tool. Companion spectral response acceleration maps are also available. The accelerations were developed in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, Building Seismic Safety Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and E.V. Leyendecker, A.D. Frankel, and K.S. Rukstales of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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    As low as: $111.00

  3. 2015 International Fire Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 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

    CODE ALERT! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

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    As low as: $92.00

  4. 2015 International Energy Conservation Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 International Energy Conservation Code®

    The IECC addresses energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    Code Alert! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

     

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    As low as: $38.50

  5. 2015 International Plumbing Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 International Plumbing Code®

    Provides minimum regulations for plumbing facilities in terms of both performance and prescriptive objectives, and provides for the acceptance of new innovative products, materials, and systems. The IPC® also includes its companion document, 2015 International Private Sewage Disposal Code® that contains provisions for design, installation, and inspection of private sewage disposal systems, and provides flexibility in the development of safe sanitary systems. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    Code Alert! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

     

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    As low as: $70.00

  6. 2015 International Fuel Gas Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 International Fuel Gas Code®

    Addresses the design and installation of fuel gas systems and gas-fired appliances through requirements that emphasize performance. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    CODE ALERT! Purchase of the code includes free signup for a subscription to receive critical code updates and free access to videos, book excerpts and training resources.

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    As low as: $70.00

  7. 2015 International Mechanical Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 International Mechanical Code®

    Establishes minimum regulations for mechanical systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. The IMC® was developed with broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials, methods and design. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

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    As low as: $70.00

  8. 2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® (Cover Image)

    2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code®

    Contains provisions addressing fire spread, accessibility, defensible space, water supply and more for buildings constructed near wildland areas. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

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    As low as: $44.75

  9. 2018 International Existing Building Code®  (Cover Image)

    2018 International Existing Building Code®

    Encourages the use and reuse of existing buildings. This code covers repair, alteration, addition and change of occupancy for existing buildings and historic buildings, while achieving appropriate levels of safety without requiring full compliance with the new construction requirements contained in the other I-Codes. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions

    Key changes include:

    • Section 410 Accessibility has been relocated to a new Section 305. Chapters 4, 5, 6, 13 and 14 have been relocated resulting in a reorganization and new chapter numbering.
    • Requirements for live loads from Chapters 4 and 8 have been combined and placed in Chapter 3 to apply for all compliance methods.
    • Structural components damaged by snow events must be repaired assuming snow loads for new buildings from the IBC.
    • A new exception is added for loading of existing structural elements next to an addition in buildings designed using the IRC.
    • When a work area includes more than half the building in an alteration, wall anchors must be installed at the roof line along reinforced concrete and masonry walls.
    • Buildings undergoing a change of occupancy shall have live, snow, wind and seismic loads checked. Design loads are based on IBC-level forces.
    • When a change of occupancy occurs placing a building in a higher risk category, the seismic loads on the building must be evaluated using IBC-level forces. Access to the building must be maintained when passing through or near other buildings and structures.
    • Where storm shelters are required based on IBC and ICC 500 for Group E Occupancies, any addition to such existing occupancies where the occupant load of the addition is 50 or more will trigger the construction of a storm shelter.
    • Carbon Monoxide provisions have been added in the Prescriptive Method Additions, Alterations Level 2 Additions, and in Additions for I-1, I-2, I-4 and R Occupancies.
    • Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening provisions related to being operational have been added to Prescriptive Compliance Method and Alterations Level 1.
    • Single exit buildings and spaces under Alteration Levels 2 and 3 have been modified to be more consistent with the IBC.
    • The Alterations Level 2 requirement that water for automatic fire sprinkler system be available at the floor of alteration without the need for a fire pump has been moved to Chapter 9 for Alterations Level 3 and the fire pump criterion was deleted.
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