The 2012 International Residential Code: Code and Commentary is the tool you need to understand the application and intent of the requirements in Chapters 1 through 11 of the 2012 International Residential Code.
This valuable tool contains:
- The complete text of Chapters 1 through 11 of the 2012 International Residential Code.
- All tables and figures in Chapters 1 through 11 of the 2012 International Residential Code.
- Corresponding commentary after each section.
- Suggestions for effective application.
- Historical and technical background of the code.
- General Comments and Purpose statements for each chapter.
The 2012 International Residential Code Commentary is a valuable and reliable reference for anyone who wants to effectively design, construct, or regulate buildings.
From the Preface
The principal purpose of the Commentary is to provide a basic volume of knowledge and facts relating to building construction as it pertains to the regulations set forth in the 2012 International Residential Code. The person who is serious about effectively designing, constructing and regulating buildings and structures will find the Commentary to be a reliable data source and reference to almost all components of the built environment.
As a follow-up to the International Residential Code, we offer a companion document, the International Residential Code Commentary - Volume 1. Volume 1 covers Chapters 1 through 11 of the 2012 International Residential Code. The basic appeal of the Commentary is that it provides in a small package and at reasonable cost thorough coverage of many issues likely to be dealt with when using the International Residential Code - and then supplements that coverage with historical and technical background. Reference lists, information sources and bibliographies are also included.
Throughout all of this, effort has been made to keep the vast quantity of material accessible and its method of presentation useful. With a comprehensive yet concise summary of each section, the Commentary provides a convenient reference for regulations applicable to the construction of buildings and structures. In the chapters that follow, discussions focus on the full meaning and implications of the code text. Guidelines suggest the most effective method of application, and the consequences of not adhering to the code text. Illustrations are provided to aid understanding; they do not necessarily illustrate the only methods of achieving code compliance.
The format of the Commentary includes the full text of each section, table and figure in the code, followed immediately by the commentary applicable to that text. At the time of printing, the Commentary reflects the most up-to-date text of the 2012 International Residential Code. Each sectionís narrative includes a statement of its objective and intent, and usually includes a discussion about why the requirement commands the conditions set forth. Code text and commentary text are easily distinguished from each other.
Readers should note that the Commentary is to be used in conjunction with the 2012 International Residential Code and not as a substitute for the code. The Commentary is advisory only;
the code official alone possesses the authority and responsibility for interpreting the code.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Scope and Administration. Chapter 2: Definitions. Chapter 3: Building Planning. Chapter 4: Foundations. Chapter 5: Floors. Chapter 6: Wall Construction. Chapter 7: Wall Covering. Chapter 8: Roof-Ceiling Construction. Chapter 9: Roof Assemblies. Chapter 10: Chimneys and Fireplaces. Chapter 11: Energy Efficiency. Index.