Non-Residential Codes (IBC)

When it comes to code compliance for your new product, consider a road less traveled that can be much quicker and more robust than the traditional path.

  • The Occupancy Category designates the nature of occupancy for a building, which affects the required design loads for the structure.
  • There is a direct relationship between the Occupancy Category and the Importance Factor—a low category will result in lower loads and a high category will call for an increase in loads
  • Every component design department should have a small reference library of important technical documents.
  • It is generally best to make sure your designs conform with the most current versions of the IBC and IRC.
  • However, building code adoption is at the discretion of the authority having jurisdiction.
  • There is often confusion in the marketplace about what criteria must be met to accept a new product and approve it for use in the intended application.
  • The IBC and IRC require products not approved within the code to be “at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety.”
  • Manufacturers of products that do not have span tables or design values listed inside the IRC and/or IBC must provide design values for their products through independent testing.
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