Residential Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2009 International Residential Code
As the construction industry moves to a single set of
international building codes, architects and construction
professionals need an interpretive guide to understand how the
building code affects the early design of specific projects. This
newest addition to Wiley’s series of focused guides
familiarizes code users with the 2009 International
Residential Code® (IRC) as it applies to residential
buildings. The book provides architects, engineers, and other
related building professionals with an understanding of how the
International Residential Code was developed, and how it is likely
to be interpreted when applied to the design and construction of
• User-friendly visual format that makes finding the information you need quick and easy
• The book’s organization follows the 2009 International Residential Code itself
• Nearly 900 illustrations, by architectural illustrator Steven Juroszek in the style of noted illustrator and author Frank Ching, visualize and explain the codes
• Text written by experienced experts who have been instrumental in gaining acceptance for the new unified building code
This book is an essential companion to the IRC for both emerging practitioners and experienced practitioners needing to understand the new IRC.
1 Building Codes 1
2 Navigating the Code, Adminisrative Procedures, Definitions 9
3 Building Planning 25
4 Foundations 107
5 Floors 139
6 Wall Construction 171
7 Wall Covering 255
8 Roof-Ceiling Construction 281
9 Roof Assemblies 305
10 Chimneys and Fireplaces 325
David S. Collins, FAIA, has more than thirty years of experience in architecture, code interpretation, building code development, and building code consultation. An architect, Collins founded The Preview Group, Inc., an architectural practice specializing in providing regulatory solutions, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1986. The consultant for AIA's Codes Advocacy Program, Collins is past secretary of the AIA, past president of AIA Ohio, and recipient of the AIA Ohio Gold Medal. He has been assisted by Gregory Nicholls, AIA, a Preview Group partner, in book review and development.
Steven P. Juroszek, AIA, is a professor in the School of Architecture at Montana State University. A registered architect, Juroszek assisted Frank Ching in authoring Design Drawing (Wiley).
Francis D.K. Ching, Series Advisor, is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He is the author or coauthor of numerous architecture and design books, including A Global History of Architecture; Architectural Graphics; Building Construction Illustrated; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Visual Dictionary of Architecture; and Design Drawing, all published by Wiley.
The International Code Council (ICC) is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of people by creating better buildings and safer communities. The mission of ICC is to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment. ICC is the publisher of the family of the International Codes (I-Codes), a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model codes. This unified approach to building codes enhances safety, efficiency, and affordability in the construction of buildings. The Code Council is also dedicated to innovation, sustainability, and energy efficiency.