Illustrated Guide to Code Changes
Here’s what you can expect in the 2015 IRC.
Synopsis: Every three years, the International Residential Code (IRC) is updated. The 2015 version of the IRC includes hundreds of changes and new provisions. Code expert and building official Glenn Mathewson has compiled a guide showing the new code’s most notable changes, with an illustration that helps to show each change being discussed. The changes are grouped in four enforcement areas as they appear in the code book: building, electrical, decks, and plumbing and mechanical. This important feature article discusses 20 significant code changes for 2015.
The latest building-code requirements typically start becoming the law of the land a year after they’re published, so it won’t be long before you’ll need to comply with new provisions in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). A quick shuffle through the 902 pages of the new code book reveals that most have a black bar in the margin, signaling a change. There are hundreds of…