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The IBC and YOU - what you need to know
For those that don't know, the International Building Code, or IBC, has issued a new publication for 2012. Our focus within this code is on Chapter 17, Structural Tests and Special Inspections, and Chapter 22, Steel. Specific to Chapter 17 is the inclusion of the AISC Code of Standard Practice 14th Edition, Chapter N, Quality Control and Assurance.

It is no surprise that the AISC Code would become part of the IBC quality standards. What is prominent here is how this version of the code, once adopted by the states, affects the steel fabricator and erector that are not currently AISC Certified.

Chapter N of the AISC 14th edition is the new chapter on Quality Control and Quality Assurance. This chapter describes in detail how the steel fabricator and steel erector are to implement a quality control system as part of their daily operations. While this chapter does stop short of demanding specific AISC Certification, the requirement of the fabricator and erector to have a recognized quality control system in place forces proof of compliance.

This quality compliance involves all levels of management and workforce in the quality control process. This means the fabricator and erector need to be operating with a quality control manual that includes all of the elements outlined in the AISC Code. Chapter N is also clear that the AISC Quality Certification already provides for the implementation of the necessary system as part of their certification program.

The engineer of record is named as the responsible party to evaluate the adequacy of the quality control system in place for the fabricator and erector. The safest and easiest response for them is to demand only AISC certified shops need apply.

Make yourself aware of the current building codes that are applicable to the work in your state to find out if your shop is even eligible to bid the work. The states have to formally adopt the new 2012 version of the IBC Code before these rules are enacted as part of your state building code requirements. Adaptation of the new code will require funding for implementation by the state and the training of building officials. With economics the way they are, that funding may not be readily or immediately available.
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The Building Officials and Code Administration or BOCA was established in 1915. This then became the National Building Code or NBC and was used mainly in the Northeastern United States.

In 1927, the International Conference of Building Official or ICBO was established. This organization developed into the Uniform Building Code or UBC which was mainly used in the Midwest and Western Untied States.

In 1940, the Southern Building Code Congress International or SBCCI was founded. This organization became the Standard Building Code or SBC, used mainly in the Southern United States.

Over the years, each of these codes, the BOCA, NBC, UBC and SBC were revised and updated. Many of the codes were duplications of one another or were very similar in nature.

To consolidate the development process the BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI formed the International Code Council or ICC. The purpose of the ICC was to develop codes without regional limitations.

In 1994 they began to develop what would become the International Building Code or IBC.

In 1997 the first edition of the IBC was published. There were still many flaws and it was not widely accepted. In 2000, the first comprehensive and coordinated set of the IBC was published. The BOCA, ICBO and the SBCCI agreed to adopt the IBC and cease development of their respective individual codes.
Take some time to make yourself aware of what is currently going on with the International Code Council to see how it may affect you within our industry.

These codes are developed and adopted by trade professionals that took the time to participate.

Action on your part may prevent special interest groups from imposing an unnecessary industry hardship.
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