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Building code update

During the past several years, fundamental changes in the model code organizations in the United States have resulted in numerous changes in code adoptions and applicability in state and local code jurisdictions. The changes most likely will affect many roofing contractors; following is a brief discussion of some of these changes.


In March 2003, the three "legacy" model building code organizations in the United States—Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA) Inc., International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) Inc.—consolidated into the International Code Council (ICC). ICC publishes the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC) and a number of other related codes. (Additional information can be found in "Consolidation of code organizations," January 2003 issue, page 57.)

As a result of the consolidation, the model building codes previously published by BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI no longer are being updated. Consequently, many jurisdictions that previously had adopted BOCA's, ICBO's or SBCCI's model building codes now have adopted IBC.