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2015 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook

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Front Matter (Title Page, TOC, Preface and Forward)

Sample Pages

This best selling title has been thoroughly revised to reflect the 2015 International Building Code, this full-color handbook makes it easy to understand and apply complex IBC provisions and achieve compliance. Covers structural and fire- and life-safety requirements, this practical resource has been designed to save time and money. 2015 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook provides all the information you need to get construction jobs done right, on time, and up to the requirements of the 2015 IBC.


• Updated to reflect the 2015 IBC

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

• Includes more than 500 full-4 color illustrations

• New 7.5" by 9.5" easy to use text book size


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For ICC certification examination rules related to exam reference materials review Test Site Regulations

Douglas W. Thornburg, AIA (bio),

Douglas W. Thornburg, AIA

  Douglas W. Thornburg

Douglas W. Thornburg, A.I.A., C.B.O., is the Vice-President and Technical Director of Product Development and Education for the International Code Council (ICC) where he provides leadership in the technical development and positioning of support products for ICC. In addition, Doug develops and reviews technical products, reference books and resource materials relating to the International Codes and their supporting documents. Prior to employment with ICC in 2004, he spent nine years as a code consultant and educator on building codes.

Formerly Vice-President/Education for the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), Doug continues to develop and present building code seminars nationally and has developed numerous educational texts and resource materials. He was presented with ICC’s inaugural Educator of the Year Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding contributions in education and training. In addition, he was the recipient of ICBO’s prestigious A.J. (Jack) Lund Award in 1996.

A graduate of Kansas State University and a registered architect, Doug has over 32 years of experience in building code training and administration, including ten years with ICBO, and five years with the City of Wichita, Kansas. He is certified as a building official, building inspector and plans examiner, as well as in seven other code enforcement categories. Doug has authored a number of publications, including the IBC Handbook – Fire and Life Safety Provisions and the Significant Changes to the International Building Code.

John Henry, P.E. (bio)

John Henry, P.E.

John is a Principal Staff Engineer in the Business and Product Development Department of ICC. During his 16 year-tenure with ICC, he has worked for the code development department, technical services, government relations, training and education, and product development. He is now responsible for the research and development of technical resources related to the structural engineering provisions of the UBC, IBC and IRC. He serves as project manager and technical reviewer for the structural and seismic publications published and co-branded by ICC. John also develops and presents technical seminars internationally on the structural provisions of the I-Codes. He has written several technical articles on the structural and seismic provisions of the IBC that have appeared in both Structural Engineer & Design and Structure magazines. John is co-author of Significant Changes to the 2006 International Building Code, Significant Changes to the 2009 International Building Code and Significant Changes to the 2012 International Building Code published by Delmar Cengage Learning. He is co-author with S.K. Ghosh, PhD, of the 2006 IBC Handbook — Structural Provisions, 2009 IBC Handbook—Structural Provisions and 1997 UBC—2006 IBC Structural Comparison & Cross Reference. John wrote the structural chapters in the 2006 IBC Plan Review Manual and contributed to the 2009 IBC Q&A – Structural Provisions and the structural portion of the 2012 IBC Commentary. He graduated with honors from California State University in Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California, a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and an ICC Certified Plans Examiner.


Online Bonus Items:

FEMA Publications related to earthquake safety and seismic design including 2009 NEHRP Provisions and Commentary.

  •  NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, 2009 Edition - Part 1 Provisions, Part 2 Commentary (FEMA P-750)
  •  Homebuilders' Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction (FEMA 232) Primer for Design Professionals Communicating with Owners and Managers of New Buildings on Earthquake Risk (FEMA 389)
  • NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples (FEMA 451)
  • Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA 451B)
  • Seismic Considerations for Steel Storage Racks Located in Areas Accessible to the Public (FEMA 460)
  • Techniques for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings (FEMA 547)

NIST Publication: Technical Brief No. 2 - Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers (NIST GCR 09-917-3)

Wind Speed: ATC Wind Speed web site provides users with site specific wind speeds based on ASCE 7-10 using the GPS coordinate system.

ICC Guidelines.

  • ICC G2-2010 Guideline for Acoustics
  • ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning

Helpful Articles from ICC’s Building Safety Journal.

  • Building Disaster Prevention into the Cultural Fabric of the Developing World by Steven Forneris
  • Designers, Reviewers, Builders, and Owners: We Are All Rick Mangers by Armin Wolski
  • Designing Buildings: An Exercise in Risk Management, Part 2 by Armin Wolski
  • Green Roofs: A New American Building System by Charles D. Miller
  • The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code Can Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Problems
  • Is there a Need to Enclose Elevator Lobbies in Tall Buildings? By Richard Bukowski
  • Modern Seismic Building Codes for the Next 100 Years by John Henry
  • Post-Earthquake Fires-the Ticking Time Bomb by Mark Kluver

Helpful Fire & Life-safety resources.

  • Accessible Means of Egress, by ICC Codes & Standards Department “Ten Rules of Fire Endurance Ratings,” by T. Z. Harmathy “Harmathy’s ten rules” from 2012 IEBC.
  • American Wood Council (AWC) DCA 4 – Component Additive Method (CAM) for Calculating and Demonstrating Assembly Fire Endurance