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Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2015 International Building Code, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-15095-4
448 pages
March 2016
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Dive into the history and application of the IBC

Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to the 2015 International Building Code, Fifth Edition is a bestselling complement to the International Building Code, or IBC. Designed to give you an insider's look at the origins of the IBC, how it can be interpreted, and how it applies to design and construction, this updated text offers new information regarding hazmat occupancies, hospitals, and nursing homes, major changes to how building heights and areas are presented, as well as means of egress, and the latest information on building materials, interior environments, and structural provisions. Francis D.K. Ching's distinctive illustrations and the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, give students and professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and engineering industries a user-friendly, easy-to-use guide to fundamentally understanding the 2015 IBC.

Building codes and standards serve to establish minimum regulations that emphasize performance while prioritizing public health and safety. Updated every three years, the IBC is the most important reference that you can leverage throughout your career in architecture, design, or engineering. The IBC is a national 'model building code' which is adopted in some form by most building permit jurisdictions across the nation and in several foreign countries.

  • Access the updated regulations reflected in the 2015 IBC
  • Explore how the IBC was developed, and why it is an important component of so many industries
  • Identify the areas of the IBC that have undergone the most change, such as the presentation of building heights and areas, along with changes to means of egress provisions
  • Easily navigate and digest the information with full illustrations

Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to the 2015 International Building Code, Fifth Edition is a practical, fully illustrated reference that guides you through the latest in building code regulations.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Building Codes 1

2 Navigating the Code 9

3 Use and Occupancy 19

4 Special Uses and Occupancies 33

5 Building Heights and Areas 53

6 Types of Construction 95

7 Fire-Resistive Construction 111

8 Interior Finishes 153

9 Fire-Protection Systems 159

10 Means of Egress 185

11 Accessibility 243

12 Interior Environment 271

13 Energy Efficiency 283

14 Exterior Walls 285

15 Roof Assemblies 303

16 Structural Provisions 325

17 Special Inspections and Tests 347

18 Soils and Foundations 355

19 Building Materials and Systems 367

20 Existing Structures 421

Bibliography 423

Index 425

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Author Information

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is a leading global authority on architectural drawing, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. His numerous bestselling works have been translated into twenty languages, and are widely regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.

STEVEN R. WINKEL, FAIA, PE, CASp has over 45 years of experience as an architect, engineer, landscape architect, and California Certified Access Specialist. Steve manages the San Francisco Bay Area office of The Preview Group, Inc., and is currently serving his fourth term as the Architect member of the California Building Standards Commission. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

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