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The Codes Guidebook for Interiors is a unique guide devoted exclusively to codes applicable to interiors. With over 60,000 copies sold, this book has long been the go–to source of jargon–free explanations of all major codes, standards, and federal regulations pertaining to commercial and residential interiors of all sizes. The intuitive format allows you to quickly find specific topics and understand their relevance at each stage in the design process. In this edition, you ll find the latest information on performance codes, fire codes, building and finish standards, and energy codes. Dozens of examples and a greatly enhanced set of illustrations show how codes apply to real–world projects.

This Sixth Edition will keep you current on ever–changing codes, featuring:

  • Access to an Interactive Resource Center that includes sample forms, flashcards, Powerpoint presentations for classroom use, and more
  • Coverage of 2012 ICC and NFPA codes, including the International Green Construction Code and the Life Safety Code
  • Expanded information on accessibility and sustainability requirements
  • Alignment with the NCDIQ and ARE exams for interior designers and architects

The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, Sixth Edition is an essential reference for architects, interior designers, facility managers, construction managers, developers, and anyone involved in the development of interior projects.

About the Author

SHARON KOOMEN HARMON has more than twenty–five years experience in interior design and project management. Combining this with her strong interest in natural health, she now owns Life Design for Health, which helps people pursue a holistic approach to health and well–being.

KATHERINE E. KENNON, AIA, is a professional architect, educator, and code consultant. She is an adjunct professor at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville, TN. She also conducts continuing education seminars on design, building codes, and accessibility issues for design students and professionals.

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Not recommended unless you have no choice! 11 May 2015
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I am an interior design student (middle-aged career changer) who just finished a semester-long "Interior Codes and Standards" course using this book, so I did not purchase it entirely voluntarily. I concur with "Mary" that this is overkill for a student text. We were not able to get through the entire book in one semester, the chapters were just too long and too detailed to get through quickly. It's also a just plain miserable read - very dense, not well organized, with a lot of awkward sentence constructions that made things somewhat unclear. Most of the calculations were not well explained and a few had errors.

Not one of the dozen students in my class had a single good thing to say about the book, except that it was heavy enough to be good for killing bugs (and the slick cover finish wiped off easily afterward, ha ha ha) and it does make a very satisfying thump when you chuck it across the room in frustration. ;) Many ID students go into that field specifically BECAUSE they are visually oriented learners/thinkers rather than verbally/textually oriented ones, and my classmates who were of that inclination found the book almost impenetrable. As "Mary" said, many more illustrations and diagrams could have helped in that respect, but mostly I think it should have been edited quite brutally. I AM a words-oriented person and still found the book very tough going - I had to convert my rental into a purchase because I found it incomprehensible without an enormous amount of highlighting and marginal notes. Speaking of highlighting, even with highlighters alleged to be bleedproof, the paper on which this book is printed sucked up the ink such that the opposite sides of the pages were spotted and streaked with neon colors. My instructor said she didn't much like it either but since she didn't know of another up-to-date, interiors-specific codes textbook available, we didn't have any choice.

I plan on keeping my copy for reference instead of reselling it, although I'm honestly not sure how much use it really will be, based on the fact that the indexing is INCREDIBLY poor so things take a long time to look up. I actually used Google more for writing my papers than I did the text simply because I could get the information I needed more quickly.

For those who are stuck getting this book because it is assigned for class, I suggest getting a good set of highlighters (and just dealing with the fact that it will probably bleed through on these pages - some people like those highlighter pencils often used for Bibles and they don't bleed but I don't find them as eye-catching as a good thick marker line) and trying out some color-coded highlighting systems, a pad of oversized Post-It notes (I like the 4x4 or 3x5 size) for inserting the inevitable corrections and clarifications in the text itself, and 1" Post-It flags to supplement the lousy index, marking important points like major subsections within chapters and especially useful diagrams/tables (especially if you need to write papers based on the text or have open-book quizzes). Give yourself at least twice the time you think you'll need to read because you'll likely need to reread each section two or three times for it to make sense, and take a 5-10 minute break after each subsection in a chapter so you don't get too frustrated with it.
t is one the best books I have run to 13 May 2015
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t is one the best books I have run to, It explains very clearly due to the friendly use of the language. The theory and the diagrams are well coordinated and integrated. I wish it could have more theory and diagrams about high rise elevators and lobbies and the exit stairs
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Way too much detailed information for teaching a codes course ... 21 Dec. 2014
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Way too much detailed information for teaching a codes course. The author needs to remember who she is writing for. Students aren't going to remember all the gory details. More illustrations would be helpful. However, it's the only book that I know of that addresses interior codes so you don't really have much choice.
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