BUILDING CODES ILLUSTRATED, a fully illustrated book produced, as the author said, "an interpretation" of the newly drafted guidelines by the International Building Code (IBC) for architectural planning and zone compliance is an essential tool for anyone or any company involved in the planning stages of design.
This almost 450-page, softcover book, published by Wiley is in its fourth edition and covers the full gamut of international ordinances that any responsible architectural firm who's involved with a foreign or multi-national construction project would need to be in compliance with local jurisdictions that accept this committee's standards.
To be sure, this guide deals primarily with the outer and inner structures of a unit with a slight emphasis (Ch. 19: Building Materials and Systems) on actual building materials. (This shouldn't come as a surprise as not all material is readily available internationally as well as the variable issue of climate conditions.)
There are no fluff chapters although the authors emphasize the ethical responsibility of the designers by observing the recommendations ("codes") for the safety and welfare of society.
Ch. 1--Building Codes Ch. 2--Navigating The Code Ch. 3--Use and Occupancy Ch. 4--Special Uses and Occupancies Ch. 5--Building Heights and Areas Ch. 6--Types of Construction Ch. 7--Fire-Resistive Construction Ch. 8--Interior Finishes Ch. 9--Fire-Protection Systems Ch. 10--Means of Egress Ch. 11--Accessibility Ch. 12--Interior Environment Ch. 13--Energy Efficiency Ch. 14--Exterior Walls Ch. 15--Roof Assemblies Ch. 16--Structural Provisions Ch. 17--Special Inspections And Tests Ch. 18--Soils and Foundations Ch. 19--Building Materials and Systems Ch. 20--Existing Structures
We have a client who wants us to design two structures, one being a multi-purpose facility that would entertain entertainment venues as well as a seasonal residential facility adjacent to the pavilion. This book brings a wealth of invaluable information that we need to incorporate in these early stages.