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Building Codes 2008 Page 1 Building Codes A number of organizations have written sets of rules, called model building codes, which represent the minimum acceptable material quality and assembly procedures for building a home. [The key words in that sentence are minimum acceptable ] The model building codes these organizations produce are not to be considered the target for construction practices. Rather, the building code specifies the minimum acceptable quality and quantity of material used in the construction of the building. The authority for these rules stems from the police-power of the states to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens. Historically there have been three major model code groups: BOCA ) 4051 West Flossmoor Rd. Country Club Hills IL 60478-5794 (Generally used in the northeast) International Conference of Building Officials ( ICBO ) 5360 Workman Mill Road Whittier CA 90601-2298 (Generally used in the west) Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. ( SBCCI ) 900 Montclair Road Birmingham AL 35213-1206 (Generally used in the south) These three model code groups are businesses. Their product is their building code and the training and technical support they provide to their subscribers. They update their building code to reflect advances in technology and recommendations that will improve the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Every three years a new edition of their building codes is issued; updates are issued periodically between new editions. It is important to recognize that the “building code” that sets the minimum standards for construction is only one of the model codes. It sets the minimum standards for the structural elements of a building. There are other model codes for energy, plumbing, elevators, fire sprinklers, lighting, accessibility, and more. The reason for this variety of codes is that each model code is applicable to all types of
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