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Where can I learn more about current safety and building codes in the US?

Below are a few relevant energy and fire codes. These are living documents periodically reviewed to align with best practices in the building industry:

  • International Building Code (IBC): The IBC is a model building code that addresses both health and safety concerns for buildings based upon prescriptive and performance-related requirements. The IBC has been widely adopted by jurisdictions across the United States as well as several other countries. 
  • International Residential Code (IRC): The IRC is a comprehensive model code for residential buildings that establishes minimum regulations for dwellings of three stories or less.
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC): The IEBC establishes minimum regulations for upgrades and improvements addressing the alteration, addition or change of occupancy in existing buildings. 
  • International Fire Code (IFC): The IFC was created to satisfy model code regulations for an up-to-date fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosion, and the handling or use of hazardous materials.