Last edited 26 Nov 2020

International Code Council ICC

Founded in 1994, the International Code Council is an organisation that develops model codes and safety standards for buildings. These codes cover product evaluation, accreditation, technology, training and certification and are used around the world.

The ICC’s codes include:

  • International Building Code (IBC): This applies to practically all types of new building.
  • International Residential Code (IRC): This applies to new one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses which are no taller than three storeys.
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC): This applies to all existing buildings.
  • International Zoning Code (IZC): This regulates minimum zoning requirements for new buildings.

These codes are developed and updated in response to innovations in building technology, construction techniques, environmental considerations, changes in policy and so on. New editions are published every three years.

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