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Model Code Agency

Discussion in 'Association Talk' started by CodeWarrior, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. JCraver

    JCraver Sawhorse

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    Thanks, for both of those.
     
  2. CodeWarrior

    CodeWarrior Registered User

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    I have read the Sanderson book, too. I agree, it's a great book and well written. Wow, 51 years old. I haven't found another publication quite like it out there.
     
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  3. Glenn

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    Here are three others I have from the 70's that offer perspective of the time and of our code history.

    "Readings in Code Administration" This is also by Sanderson, but its a compilation of papers from code officials across the country. I have volume 2 about fire protection. I have yet to find a volume 1 or 3 for my collection. A line is the preface is so very cool:

    "Many of the papers are old. They were selected because their message is timeless. They were relevant when they were written. They are relevant today, and they will be tomorrow."

    Now is "tomorrow" and I do find them relevant. I love it!

    "Men against fire" by Percy Bugbee. It is the story of the NFPA from 1896 to 1971 (when it was written). It is awesome. Yep. I think you can read this one online if you google it.

    "Preservation and Building Codes" by the national trust for historic preservation in 1974. I honestly have not read this one yet. I bet it will be great insight into Uniform Code for Building Conservation, first edition, 1985
     
  4. Mark K

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    If there is a problem with different jurisdictions enforcing different code provisions, which I believe there is, then I suggest that each state should adopt a state building code and limit the local modifications. Then the local jurisdictions should minimize their local modifications.

    The vast majority of local code provisions really do little to provide better outcomes, rather they reflect the idiosyncratic preferences of the local building official. If the local provisions had a real value then I would expect that there would be compelling data showing a difference in outcomes between different jurisdictions and if that were the case I would hope that the model codes would be modified to reflect the lesson learned. Antidotal evidence is of questionable value.

    If your jurisdiction has a unique local requirement then submit it to ICC or other model code organization as a code change proposal. If the model code does not adopt the change then the local code should be modified to make it compatible with the model code. You could also attempt to have the state codes modified to reflect your preference and if not successful it is suggested that your local modifications were not needed.
     
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  5. CodeWarrior

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    One more for the code commentary:
    Handbook to the uniform building code: An illustrative commentary, by Vince Bush, 1988. ICBO didn't let Vince do any updates, and I would pass on any edition that does not show him as the author. They just seem to lack the same insights.
     

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