2015 IRC – 4 new pages of Deck Code
The 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) came out last June and the section specifically covering decks (R507) is now up to 6 1/2 pages – the 2012 IRC only has 2 1/2 pages. Most of the new subsections will make prescriptive deck construction a lot simpler.
Even if your local jusisdiction is following a previous version of the IRC, you may find some of the new code subsections useful for designing and building decks. And most building officials will approve the use of new model code provisions even if they haven’t been adopted locally.
Here’s a list of the 2015 deck code additions:
- A new option for lateral load connections that can be installed entirely from the exterior.
- A joist span table for sizing joists and section figures, and language permitting overhangs up to 1/4 of the joist span.
- A deck beam span table for sizing beams based on the joist span and size of the beam.
- Post to footing subsection with figures and a post size table.
See other Build A Deck blog posts that cover each of these new deck code provisions in more detail.