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2018 International Codes and Related References
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2018 International Building Code New!2018 International Building Code (IBC) -

The International Building Code (IBC) covers all buildings except detached one and two family dwellings and townhouses not more than 3 stories in height.

The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as:

  • Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory.
  • New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories.
  • Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height. (Softcover & Looseleaf versions available) - more
2018 International Fire Code (IFC) New!2018 International Fire Code (IFC) -

The IFC contains regulations to safeguard life and property from fires and explosion hazards.

Topics include general precautions, emergency planning and preparedness, fire department access and water supplies, automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, special hazards, and the storage and use of hazardous materials.

Key changes to the IFC include:

  • New provisions address hazards related to outdoor pallet storage, higher education laboratories, mobile food trucks and plant processing and extraction activities.
  • Required sprinkler protection of Group E occupancies has been expanded through the introduction of a new thresholds related to fire areas. (Softcover & Looseleaf versions available) - more
2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) New!2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) -

The 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) addresses the design and installation of fuel gas systems and gas fired appliances through prescriptive and performance requirements.

Key changes include:

  • A new Section was added to recognize arc-resistant CSST products.
  • The code now allows Schedule 10 steel pipe to be used, whereas previously, Schedule 40 was the lightest steel pipe material allowed.
  • Schedule 10 steel pipe joints are allowed to be welded, brazed, flanged or assembled with press-connect fittings. - more
2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC) New!2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC) -

The 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC) establishes minimum regulations for mechanical systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions.

The IMC was developed with broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials, methods and design.

Important changes include:

  • Added coverage of pollution control units.
  • A new exception was added to recognize Type I kitchen hoods listed for clearances to combustibles of less than 18 inches.
  • Added coverage for a newer type of non-metallic duct, phenolic duct.   - more
2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC) New!2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC) -

The IPC provides minimum regulations for plumbing facilities in terms of both performance and prescriptive objectives, and provides for the acceptance of new and innovative products, materials, and systems.

Important changes include:

  • Updated table for the Minimum Number of Required Plumbing Fixtures.

  • Single-user toilet facilities (a room having a single water closet and a single lavatory) are not required to be labeled for use by only a male or female (separated use designations).

  • Solar thermal water heating systems need to conform to the ICC 900/SRCC 300 standard.  - more

2018 International Residential Code New!2018 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (IRC) -

This comprehensive code comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories.

The 2018 IRC contains many important changes such as:

  • An updated seismic map reflects the most conservative Seismic Design Category (SDC) based on any soil type and a new map reflects less conservative SDCs when Site Class A, B or D is applicable.
  • The townhouse separation provisions now include options for using two separate fire-resistant-rated walls or a common wall.  - more
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