Definition and Codes
Building codes are sets of regulations governing the design, construction, alteration and maintenance of structures. They specify the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of building occupants.
Rather than create and maintain their own codes, most states and local jurisdictions adopt the model building codes maintained by the International Code Council (ICC). The ICC’s family of International Codes includes:
International Building Code (IBC)
The building codes that applies to almost all types of new buildings.
International Residential Code (IRC)
Applies to new one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses of not more than three stories in height.
International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
Applies to the alteration, repair, addition or change in occupancy of existing structures.The ICC publishes new editions of the International Codes every three years and many states and localities have adopted them since the first editions were issued in 2000. In 2000, the three regionally-based model code organizations (BOCA National Code, SBCCI Standard Code and ICBO Uniform Code) combined together to form the ICC.
State and Local Building Codes
Search by state or city to find building codes for your area. These building codes are provided in partnership with ICCsafe.org.
International Green Construction Code
Establishes minimum green requirements for buildings with the goal to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare.
Books on Building Codes
International Building Code by
Call Number: K3538.A15 I5 Weigel Library
Publication Date: 2014-06-05
The IBC is a model code for building safety. Weigel Library has the 2012 edition in the library and the 2015 edition on reserve.
Building Codes Illustrated by
Call Number: TH420 .C49 2018 Weigel Library
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
This text pulls out the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides an easy-to-understand interpretation in both words and illustrations.
National Electrical Code 2017 by
Call Number: T55 .A5 NFPA 70 Weigel Library
Publication Date: 2016-09-26
NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC) sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. The 2017 edition presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding, and installation of equipment.
2018 International Fire Code by
Call Number: K3674 .I58
Publication Date: 2017-09-13
The IFC contains regulations to safeguard life and property from fires and explosion hazards.