Stephen A. Van Note
and easy to understand, this is the perfect resource for beginning
The first book of its kind to hit the market,
BUILDING CODE BASICS: RESIDENTIAL, BASED ON THE 2009
INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE departs from traditional code
books by using non-code language, detailed illustrations, and an
emphasis on practical information to give readers a solid, working
knowledge of critical code applications.
Part of Building Code Basics, a series
dedicated to providing high-quality, technically accurate,
simplified code texts for anyone seeking greater understanding of
the workings of the I-Codes; this installment focuses on the basics
of the residential code.
Topic coverage follows the logical order of
construction, beginning with site work and foundations, and ending
with fire- and life-safety and the environmental requirements of a
finished building. These code requirements are introduced using
non-intimidating language and an easy-to-understand writing style,
facilitating learning and comprehension.
Code references are also included, and when
paired with these practical explanations, they are a valuable
addition to the book's resources, making this an ideal tool for
students of construction technology or anyone considering a career
in the design, construction, or inspection of residential buildings.
- Offers completely updated
content that reflects the
2009 edition of International Residential Code
- Highlights critical changes
from 2006 edition of the code.
- Illustrates changes between
code editions with new and improved illustrations.
- Clearly illustrates correct
code application with full-color diagrams and
- Clarifies key terminology as
it applies to the code with a detailed glossary of
code and construction terms.
- Rounds out comprehensive
coverage with the inclusion of requirements for
plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and electrical
system and equipment.
Part I: CODE ADMINISTRATION AND
1. Introduction to building codes.
The building codes: scope and limitations. International
Residential Code (IRC).
2. Legal aspects, permits and inspections.
Code adoption. Authority. Permits. Inspections. Board of
Part II: SITE DEVELOPMENT.
3. Site preparation: building location, excavation, fill, and
Location on property. Site preparation.
Part III: STRUCTURAL.
4. Structural Design Criteria.
Prescriptive and performance. Basic loads (live and dead). Wind,
snow, seismic and flood loads.
Materials. Footings. Masonry and concrete foundation walls.
Moisture protection. Underfloor space.
Grade marks. Engineered wood products. Trusses. Wood treatment.
Cutting, boring and notching. Fireblocking. Draftstopping.
Floors. Walls. Ceiling and roof.
Part IV: FINISHES AND WEATHER
7. Interior and exterior finishes and weather protection.
Interior finishes. Exterior wall coverings. Roof covering.
Part V: HEALTH AND SAFETY.
8. Home safety.
Room areas. Ceiling height. Means of egress. Protection from
falls. Emergency escape and rescue openings. Safety glass.
Carbon monoxide alarms.
9. Fire safety.
Smoke alarms. Fire sprinkler systems. Separation between
dwelling units. Dwelling separation from garage. Foam plastic.
10. Light, ventilation, sanitation and heating.
Natural and artificial light. Natural and mechanical
ventilation. Stairway illumination. Heating and cooling.
11. Chimneys and fireplaces.
Exterior air supply. Masonry chimneys and fireplaces.
Manufactured chimneys and fireplaces.
Part VI: BUILDING UTILITIES.
12. Mechanical and fuel-gas.
Appliances. Exhaust systems. Duct systems. Return air.
Combustion air. Vents.
Piping. Water system. Sanitary drainage. Venting. Plumbing
fixtures. Fixture traps. Water heaters.
Electrical services. Grounding. Branch circuits. Wire and
terminal identification. Wiring methods. Power distribution.
Receptacles and luminaries.
Part VII: ENERGY CONSERVATION.
15. Energy conservation.
Building insulation. Windows and doors. Sealing against air
leakage and infiltration. Moisture control. Duct insulation and
sealing. Energy certificate
Part VIII: PROTECTION FROM OTHER
16. Other hazards of the built environment.
Termite protection. Swimming pools and hot tubs. Radon control.
Stephen A. Van Note is a member of the senior technical
staff of the International Code Council (ICC) where, as part of the
Product Development team, he is responsible for authoring technical
resource materials in support of the International Codes. His role
also includes the management, review and technical editing of
publications authored by outside sources.
Prior to joining ICC in 2006, Van Note was building official for
Linn County, Iowa. He has 15 years experience in code administration
and enforcement, and over 20 years experience in the construction
field including project planning and management for residential,
commercial and industrial buildings.
A certified building official and plans examiner, Van Note also
holds certifications in five inspection categories.
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