International Residential Code (IRC) provides minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare for residential construction limited to one- and two-family dwellings (town homes) not more than three stories above grade. The intent is “to provide these safeguards through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.”
Performance Code for Building and Facilities (PCBF) provides appropriate health, safety, welfare, and social and economic value, while promoting innovative, flexible and responsive solutions that optimize the expenditure and consumption of resources. PCBF provides an acceptable level of health, safety and welfare, and to limit damage to property from events that are expected to impact buildings and structures. It provides for an environment free of unreasonable risk of death and injury form fires; structure that will withstand loads associated with normal use and the severity associated with the location in which the structure is constructed; means of egress and access for normal and emergency circumstances; limited spread of fire both within the building and to adjacent properties; ventilation and sanitation facilities to maintain the health of occupants; natural light, heating, cooking and other amenities necessary for the well being of the occupants; and efficient use of energy. It also "establishes requirements necessary to provide an acceptable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in all facilities, equipment and processes."
Top Ten Code Violations
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