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Building Code & Construction Related Articles

Discover a wealth of informative articles covering building codes and various construction-related topics, all in one place within The Building Code Forum's dedicated Articles section.
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Do I Need A Permit?

Use this forum section to provide enough detailed information to get opinions from others as to whether or not you need a building permit for the work you plan on doing. *THE ANSWERS GIVEN HERE ARE THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS AND DO NOT CARRY THE WEIGHT OF THE LOCAL JURISDICTION THAT MAKES THE OFFICIAL DECISION. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION*
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Building Codes Discussion for Sawhorses

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Building Codes Educational Articles for Sawhorses

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Commercial Codes The Commercial section of The Building Code Forum is dedicated to all building types beyond one or two-family dwellings and townhouses, providing comprehensive insights into non-residential construction codes and regulations.

Accessibility Codes

Dive into discussions on ADA compliance and the ANSI A117.1 standards, exploring accessible design principles and regulations set by the ICC
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Commercial Building Codes

Topics related to commercial building inspections and plan review under the IBC & other applicable codes
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Commercial Energy Codes

Topics related to commercial energy codes such as thermal envelope, mechanical & electrical energy code requirements
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Commercial Seismic Codes

Commercial Seismic Topics
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Existing Buildings Codes

Topics concerning the use of Chapter 34 of the IBC or the IEBC for existing structures such as historic buildings and others.
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Residential Codes The Residential section of The Building Code Forum focuses on one and two-family dwellings, townhouses, and their accessory structures, offering in-depth guidance on residential construction codes and standards.

Residential Building Codes

Residential building general requirements such as plan review, roofing, exteriors, or any aspects of chapter 3
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Residential Energy Codes

Residential energy code topics
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Residential Foundation Codes

Residential foundation, soils topics
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Residential Seismic Codes

Residential Seismic Topics
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Residential Structural Codes

Residential Structural Codes
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Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Codes - MEP The MEP section of The Building Code Forum is your dedicated resource for all things related to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in construction, providing expertise on codes and practices.

Mechanical Codes

Mechanical Codes for both Residential and Commercial with an emphasis on the ICC, IMC
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Plumbing Codes

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Fuel Gas Codes

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Fire Codes This category is for discussing both the International Fire Code (IFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. It is designed for firefighters, fire marshals, fire inspectors, and other fire service professionals. This space is dedicated to sharing knowledge and experiences in applying fire safety codes across various environments. Join our community to stay informed and contribute to discussions on the latest fire code regulations and practices. Engage with peers, enhance your expertise, and be part of a network committed to advancing fire safety standards.

Fire Codes IBC / IRC

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International Fire Code IFC

This section is specific to discussions pertaining to the International Fire Code (IFC)
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NFPA Fire Codes & Standards

Welcome to NFPA Standards Central. This section is dedicated to in-depth discussions, updates, and interpretations of NFPA fire codes. Ideal for firefighters, fire inspectors, and fire marshals seeking to enhance their fire safety knowledge.
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Renewable Energy Systems Codes Explore and discuss the latest in renewable energy technologies, focusing on Photovoltaic (PV) and Wind Energy Systems. Dive into building codes, installation practices, and innovations driving sustainable energy solutions.

Photovoltaic Systems

This forum is for discussions specifically related to solar PV technology, installations, building codes, and best practices.
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Wind Energy Systems

This forum is dedicated to topics on wind turbines, wind energy integration in buildings, related codes, and installation guidelines.
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Additional Codes Explore a wide range of additional construction codes, including zoning, code enforcement, floodplain regulations, sewage, and more, all in one place within the Additional Codes section of The Building Code Forum.

Code Compliance / Code Enforcement / IPMC

Topics directly related to the IPMC and enforcement of municipal property maintenance codes & local ordinances.
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Elevators

Elevator Topics. Chapter 30 or whatever local/state code you use
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Floodplain Management

Questions and discussions about floodplain management under FEMA, the NFIP and local floodplain ordinances
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Green / Leed Codes

Everything is going green topics
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Institutional Codes

A code discussion forum specific to institutional buildings such as but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, etc.
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Planning and Zoning Ordinances and Codes

Planning and Zoning Topics
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Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs Codes

All topics both commercial and residential codes concerning pools, spas & hot tubs
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Sewage Codes

Topics related to private onlot sewage systems, also known as septic systems
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Wildland Urban Interface Codes

Wildlife Urban Interface Code Issues
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Related Code Topics Dive into an array of related topics directly connected to building codes, including administration, education, and more, within the Related Topics section of The Building Code Forum.

Association Talk

Association Talk
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Building Code Administration

Building Code Administration and Management Issues / Topics
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Certifications

Conversations about certifications & testing
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Classified Section

Want to sell something? You found the right place to sell your product right here in the classified section of The Building Code Forum
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Code Development Discussion

This area is exclusively for discussion directly related to Code Development. Please, as always, keep it civil and relevant to Code Development
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Code Training

Threads concering upcoming training opportunities, training ideas and other educational collaborations.
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Door & Hardware Forum

This is a specialty forum specific to doors and hardware requirements in the IBC. This is a great opportunity to get door-specific questions answered.
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Employment Area

Post job openings available. Not for job complaints.
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Industry News

Please post news items relevant to the building codes industry.
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Permit Technicians

This area of the forum is for permit technicians and all of those involved behind the scenes processing permits.
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Plan Review Topics

This thread, sponsored by www.AdvancedCodeGroup.com is for any and all discussions about the plan review process or specific questions related to plan review.
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Software Topics

Discussions and questions specific to the use of any and all software for permitting, plan review, or design in the building industry
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Useful Links

Place links in the appropriate sub-forums. Miscellaneous links can be posted here in the Useful Links main forum
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Architects, Engineers, Designers & Contractors This section is for Architects, Engineers Designers & Contractors to discuss building code issues.

Architectural & Engineering Topics

Topics for Architects, Engineers & Draftsmen as they directly relate to their profession
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Building Trades Contractor Topics

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Other Topics This is for topic areas outside of the building codes & construction

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