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Building Codes

Building Codes Every house plan from The House Designers is designed to meet or exceed the standards set forth by the International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC is today's most recognized and universally accepted standard. It has replaced the numerous building codes of the past, including the BOCA, SBCCI, UBC, and CABO codes.

Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own codes, zoning requirements, and building regulations that address special concerns of the area. However, the majority of the 49 states that have adopted the IRC have made very few changes. Modifications necessary to meet local building codes are usually meant to improve the safety of inhabitants in high-risk areas—to address potential earthquakes, hurricanes (high winds), flood plain issues, or heavy snow loading, for example.

Some states and certain cities require an architect's or engineer's seal to signify that the plans have been deemed acceptable by a knowledgeable professional. Where required, these can be obtained locally for a fee. Nevada is a notable exception—plans for use in this state must be provided by a Nevada Registered Professional.

After you receive your plans, you should consult your local builder, architect, engineer, or other construction professional to review your plans before actual construction begins. The House Designers is not responsible for the advice or assistance you receive from them or for methods that they use. The owner and contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes.

The following link offers additional information about building codes:

  • ICC - The International Code Council (ICC) has been the leading source of building and related construction codes for more than 75 years. Our association prides itself on providing excellent products and services to ensure the public's safety.
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