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Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2012 International Building Code, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-33014-2
448 pages
September 2012
Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2012 International Building Code, 4th Edition (1118330145) cover image


An easy-to-use, updated illustrated guide to the 2012 edition of the International Building Code

This unique reference to the 2012 International Building Code marries the graphic skills of bestselling author Frank Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA. It 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. Rather than a text-heavy book, this is much more conducive to quick comprehension of the code, presenting information in an exciting user-friendly visual format.

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Table of Contents


1 Building Codes…1

2 Navigating the Code…9

3 Use and Occupancy…19

4 Special Uses and Occupancies…31

5 Building Heights and Areas…47

6 Types of Construction…67

7 Fire-Resistive Construction…81

8 Interior Finishes…123

9 Fire-Protection Systems…129

10 Means of Egress…155

11 Accessibility…207

12 Interior Environment…237

13 Energy Efficiency…249

14 Exterior Walls…269

15 Roof Assemblies…287

16 Structural Provisions…309

17 Special Inspections and Tests…331

18 Soils and Foundations…339

19 Building Materials and Systems…351

20 Existing Structures…403



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Author Information

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He is world-renowned for his 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.

STEVEN R. WINKEL, FAIA, PE, a nationally recognized building codes expert, is an architect and civil engineer with the San Francisco office of The Preview Group, Inc. He is the coauthor of Building Codes Illustrated for Elementary and Secondary Schools, Building Codes Illustrated for Healthcare Facilities, and Residential Building Codes Illustrated.

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"Francis Ching's Building Codes Illustrated is my favorite resource to help you in better understanding the California Building Code, which is based on the International Building Code."
David Doucette, California Supplemental Exam

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