Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2006 International Building Code

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John Wiley & Sons, 2007 - Architecture - 400 pages
Get the easy-to-use, illustrated guide to the 2006 International Building CodeŽ.

As the building industry moves toward a single set of construction codes that have no regional limitations, architects, builders, engineers, and interior designers need an interpretive guide to help them better understand how the code affects their practices. The seond edition of Building Codes Illustrated fills this need by interpreting the updated 2006 International Building CodeŽ (IBC) in a visual format that designers both need and understand.

This unique marriage of bestselling author Francis D.K. Ching's illustrative talent and Steven Winkel's code expertise provides an accessible, time-saving companion guide to the latest code. The visual presentation of information extracts the core portions of the building code that are most relevant for professionals and hones building codes down to the essentials. Organized to correspond with related subject matter in the IBC, Building Codes Illustrated enables architects, engineers, and other design professionals to quickly find clarifying information on the nonstructural provision of the IBC. You'll gain a clear and complete understanding of those sections at a glance through enlightening computer-rendered illustrations and succinct yet thorough interpretations.

There's no excuse for not being up to code. Avoid costly mistakes with the invaluable help of Building Codes Illustrated, Second Edition.

Content from this book is available as an online continuing professional education course at  WileyCPE courses are available on demand, 24 hours a day, and are approved by the American Institute of Architects.


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Building Codes1
Navigating the Code9
Use and Occupancy19
Special Uses and Occupancies31 5 Building Heights and Areas43 6 Types of Construction57
FireResistive Construction71
Interior Finishes107
FireProtection Systems113
Means of Egress137 11 Accessibility185
Energy Efficiency227
Exterior Walls247
Roof Assemblies261
Structural Provisions279
Building Materials and Systems313 18 Existing Structures369

Interior Environment215

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FRANCIS D.K. CHING is a registered architect and a professor 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).

STEVEN R WINKEL, FAIA, an expert in building codes and regulations, is an architect managing the San Francisco office of The Preview Group. Winkel is the architect member of the California Building Standards Commission, a past national board member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), and past president of the AIA California Council.

The INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL (ICC), a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties, and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the ICC. The ICC mission is to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.

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