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  1. International Building Code 2012: Key Updates

    December 7, 2011 | 1 comment

    While there are a host of codes and standards that govern commercial buildings (ANSI, ASTM, ASCE, etc.) the document with arguably the greatest influence is the International Building Code (IBC). The IBC emanates from the International Code Council, which is also the originator of nearly a dozen other major specs (including the International Residential Code and the International Energy Conservation Code). But the real weight of the IBC comes from the fact that it’s used by all 50 states as the basis for their own Statewide Uniform Building Codes.

    Consequently, each three-year revision to the IBC creates a ripple effect felt throughout the industry — a cycle that’s underway right now with the advent of the new 2012 edition. This new version brings significant implications for those who plan, construct, or maintain commercial buildings because of the emphasis given to occupant safety in many of its provisions. (more…)