Editor's note: Following is part one of a two-part series addressing building codes. Part two will appear in the January 2018 issue.
Model codes such as those developed by the International Code Council® (ICC) serve as the technical basis for state, county and local adoption of codes that regulate the design, construction and operations of buildings.
ICC, promulgator of the International Building Code® and other related international codes, recently updated and published revised editions of its model codes, known as the "I-Codes," as part of its normal three-year update cycle.
The International Building Code, 2018 edition (IBC 2018) presents the code as it originally was published in 2000; changes reflected in the 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015 editions; and further changes approved through ICC's code development process through 2017.