Building Codes

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Most designers’ home plans are designed to meet or exceed the International Codes (I-Codes®) or the International Residential Code (IRC) which have become the recognized standard in the industry. The I-Codes have replaced almost all former building codes. While the Uniform Building Code (UBC) still exists in a few locations, all our plans are designed to meet the general criteria of the current I-Codes and IRC.

Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own codes, amendments, zoning requirements, and building regulations. Some states that have adopted the IRC have made some amendments for local conditions. Modifications may be necessary to meet such local building codes, most notable for earthquake, hurricane (wind) design, or heavy snow loading. Some states and certain cities may require a licensed architect or engineer seal. Where required, these are readily obtained for an additional fee.

After you receive your plans, you should consult with your local building department to review the necessary requirements in your area before any construction begins. The homeowner and building contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes. 

The following link offers additional information about building codes:

International Code Council — The ICC is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. The International Codes (I-Codes) are the widely accepted, comprehensive set of model codes used in the US and abroad to help ensure the engineering of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes® at the state or jurisdictional level.

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