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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 August 2012
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.

Chapters include:

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.

BUILDING CODES ILLUSTRATED--invaluable. 5 stars.
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