7Building Codes and Standards1

1 The information provided in this chapter on specific codes and standards is that known prior to the publication of this book. Due to frequent revisions of building codes and standards, readers seeking updated information on standards and codes should consult the latest sources.

7.1 Introduction

Building codes are detailed regulations (laws or ordinances) that provide minimum standards and necessary guidelines for the design, construction, alteration, repair, use, maintenance, and even demolition of buildings. In the United States, the federal government does not issue building codes; cities, counties, and some states have their own codes. It has been estimated that there are in the neighborhood of 5000 building ...

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