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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Permits & Building Codes for Construction

Building codes represent a set of regulations which state the minimum conditions necessary to safeguard life, safety and protect the public welfare through regulating the design, construction practices, construction material quality (including fire performance) location, occupancy, and maintenance of buildings and structures.

The Code and Guidelines delineate the responsibilities of clients, project managers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, related entities, industrial associations and employers in the construction industry.

State governments have the authority to set up such regulations and may pass on all or part of this authority to counties or municipalities.

Most state and local jurisdictions prefer to accept the model building codes maintained by the International Code Council (ICC). Among the ICC’s family of International Codes are the International Building Code (IBC), which comprises requirements regarding almost all types of new buildings, and the International Residential Code (IRC), which includes requirements related to new one- and two-family dwellings. Some of the provisions within these codes are proposed for ensuring that structures are able to sufficiently reject seismic forces and remain safe during earthquakes.

When modulating materials, many of the model buildings codes pass on to quality standards developed by standard-setting organizations for example the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Some building codes and insurance rating organizations also trust on test information from Factory Mutual Research (FM) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
It is a privately held non-profit association that manages and organizes the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Provides a guide to building codes all over the nation. Know about federal construction regulations and rules.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors (ASHRAE)
Provides links to HVAC standards in addition to training, events, etc., for HVAC contractors.

Building Codes, Construction Standards, Building Permit Information & Links
Get relevant data about building code officials, code books, building permit departments, national and international construction standards, model energy codes, and residential construction guidelines.

Building Codes & Standards - Information Sources)
It is a division of the University of California at Berkeley's Environmental Design Library and provides links to a diversity of building codes (including obscure ones) and code organizations.

Code Check
This site provides a guide to writing safe codes for plumbing, mechanics and homes.

Code Links and Other Resources
This site generates a thorough and searchable listing of building codes, code-writing organizations, and standard-writing organizations.

The National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards. It contains an well-organized, supportive system of building regulation to gurantee the public’s safety in all buildings, residential and commercial.

Building Energy Codes
DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is an information hub on national model energy codes.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
This site provides online database for codes and standards along with important safety information on demand. Public safety can be improved through the adoption and enforcement of key ANSI codes and standards.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Online government code database for the ADA includes design standards, enforcement, code certification and new or proposed regulations.

Florida Building Codes Online
This site also provides online database for building codes.

Online Permit Resources
Permit Place
This site contains links to most of the United States local municipalities' permits. In case of requiring a building or environmental permit, just find your city and click the link.

US Census Permits Index
This Census Bureau site lets you search for permits issued by state, metropolitan area, and other criteria, and includes updated statistics on national building permits as well as documentation.

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