Building codebooks online

Started by Don_P, January 29, 2009, 07:24:26 PM

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Don_P

Building codes for some states are available in a read only format free online;
http://www.ecodes.biz/list_sub.cfm?m_cat_id=23
(The laws of the land should be carved in stone and set in the town square for all to freely read, but that's the beginning of a rant  ;D)

My state, VA, uses a pretty stock version of the residential code, the IRC.
The 2006 version, which is what most states are using is here;
https://www2.iccsafe.org/states/Virginia/Residential/Res-Frameset.html
The tab on the left side of the page downloads chapter by chapter.

On a totally unrelated topic, if there is ever something on your computer screen that you want to save and perhaps print here's one way to do it. The "print screen" key usually upper right on your keyboard copies the image of your screen to your notepad. Open a program like paint and click "edit" then "paste", the image of your screen should appear. You may then save or print that image from there. Here's an example for educational purposes only;

MountainDon

Thanks for the link to a valuable resource, Don_P.  I have elected to make this topic sticky so it may be easily referenced by others.

The link to the Virginia codes, IRC 2006 is especially good. The entire IRC 2006 code is there. The information will be applicable to any area uses the IRC2006. Some areas may not use certain sections, so it is up to the individual to ascertain what is usable and pertinent to their situation. As Don_P noted, it is in a read only format. It is not even possible to highlight and copy sections of text.

https://www2.iccsafe.org/states/Virginia/Residential/Res-Frameset.html 

However, it is possible to use a Firefox plugin called Down Them All to download all the pages. Save them to a folder on your computer. Then you can reference them at any time. It is still not possible to print or edit the pages so I don't feel there is any infringement being made, since the same material would be available through an internet connection.

If I am wrong in that estimation then this information should be deleted. Glenn. John. ???

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.


MountainDon

We also have an online link to the IRC2003 located at the address below.

http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=2590.0

It's the same thing, read only. Seattle specific but the entire code is there. Handy if your locality still uses IRC2003
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.

MountainDon

From Glenn in another topic


Stair Code including Handrails, Winders and Spiral 2003 IRC

16 page PDF

http://www.stairways.org/pdf/2003%20Stair%20IRC%20SCREEN.pdf

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.

MountainDon

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.


MountainDon

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.

MountainDon

Energy Codes. There's a downloadable program called ResChek that is a great tool when designing. It helps making your selection of doors, windows, types of walls, insulation etc.  and have the building meet energy standards.


http://www.energycodes.gov/

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.

MountainDon

Here's a lengthy list of FTP downloads.
The documents are in PDF form.


http://ftp.resource.org/codes.gov/


Lots of info there   :o
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.



Don_P

 w*
Judging from your handle this link to the NFPA might be of interest as well.
http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=124&URL=Codes%20&%20Standards

They also have free codes online, the link seems to be down at the moment but hopefully they'll get it back going. You'll need to set up a free account;
https://www.nfpa.org/catalog/services/Login/login2.asp?npg=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enfpa%2Eorg%2Ffreecodes%2Ffree%5Faccess%5Fdocument%2Easp%3Fid%3D10109

John Raabe

The earlier link that Don had posted for the Visual Stair guide no longer works.

Here is a better link to three different codes concerned with stair construction and design.

http://www.arcways.com/codes.asp

(I have updated the link on the main CP site page as well.)
None of us are as smart as all of us.

Don_P


Squirl

I cite to these pretty often.  I didn't see them here.  It may be redundant of information already here, but here are the NY state codes for 2007 and 2010.  They seem to be ICC based.

http://publicecodes.citation.com/st/ny/st/index.htm

MountainDon

#13
UPDATE

Some links to what I found today on codes that are available for viewing online. Not every state is here, but enough are to give anyone an overview of the IRC codes. As always, check what your local jurisdiction uses. The Virginia codes are quite representative as far as the IRC in general. Local governments in many cases and states can change what sections they use. Note again that these are viewable and not printable or able to be saved to disk; Read Only in other words.
state specific
http://www.iccsafe.org/Store/Pages/FreeCodes.aspx

IRC in general, non state specific
http://publicecodes.citation.com/icod/

state specific
http://publicecodes.citation.com/st/index.htm

Firefox with the DownThemAll  addon can download and save many of these. As well some of the sites permit copying of paragraphs while others do not.


EDIT: I was reminded about one of the available IRC versions that can be readily downloaded. It's from my FTP link above in reply#7.
Specifically the Minnesota 2006 version....  Click the link above or go to this page and scroll down to   mn_residential.pdf      Download and save it. It is a large file, 47MB, but the nice thing is that it is complete, cover to back and when opened in Adobe Reader it is easy to move from page to page. There is a page counter at the top of the Adobe window where the page number of the document may be found. That makes it easier to reference than referring to a section number of the IRC. The various stste codes may have differences and using one, typical, code could make discussions easier and less time consuming. There are many state versions there. In the end, use the code that is applicable to the area being built in. Then if there are any specific questions about a section it is more readily located.
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.



Don_P

Can't say I've made it through the '09's yet but...
2012 building codes are available here;
http://publicecodes.citation.com/icod/IC-P-2012-000019.htm

MountainDon

Did you get the email about the 2012 webinars?

NM just started using the '09 this year. Jan but only mandatory July 1

If anyone wonders what their state uses, have a look at the link below

http://www.iccsafe.org/gr/Documents/stateadoptions.pdf
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.

Don_P

I do get the updates from them, our connection isn't up to webinars unfortunately.
We adopted the '09's this year as well, it takes it awhile to make it through state modifications and then adoption. The states that are quick to adopt a new model code then seem to do revisions on the fly.