California codes, guides to key changes help users prepare for 2017

by Brianna Crandall — September 26, 2016 — The latest editions of the California codes for construction, which go into effect on January 1, 2017, will result in safer communities with more efficient and resilient homes and buildings, says the International Code Council. The 2016 triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, is now available and includes, for those who sign up for its subscription service, all updates issued by the state through 2019.

The 2016 California Building Standards Code, Title 24, includes the following parts:

  • Part 1, California Administrative Code
  • Part 2, California Building Code (includes Part 8, Historical, and Part 10, Existing Building)
  • Part 2.5, California Residential Code
  • Part 3, California Electrical Code
  • Part 4, California Mechanical Code
  • Part 5, California Plumbing Code
  • Part 6, California Energy Code
  • Part 9, California Fire Code
  • Part 11, California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
  • Part 12, California Referenced Standards Code

Building officials and local government, industry and design professionals, and the general public can purchase California’s new 2016 Title 24 codes from the ICC Web site individually or in specially priced bundles including the Complete Collection, Home Builder’s Collection, Designer Collection, and Building and Fire combo.

The Administrative, Building, Residential, Energy, Fire, CALGreen and Referenced Standards codes are available from ICC in both print and PDF download. The Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing codes are available in print.

Significant Changes guides

To accompany the new codes, ICC partnered with California Building Officials (CALBO) and California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) to develop a valuable set of three full-color, illustrated guides to the most important changes.

The 2016 editions of Significant Changes to the California Building Code, Significant Changes to the California Residential Code, and Significant Changes to the California Fire Code will help code users gain a clear knowledge of the codes, where and how they have been revised, and the rationale behind those changes. These easy-to-use resources are the perfect tools for transitioning to the 2016 California codes, says ICC.

Mark Johnson, ICC executive vice president and director of Business Development, pointed out:

Time is a precious resource for all construction professionals and safety stewards. The California Significant Changes series will help streamline the transition to the 2016 codes for building and fire departments, inspectors, architects, engineers, builders, and others responsible for building safety in the Golden State.

Each Significant Changes guide includes: a full-color photograph, table or example to illustrate each change; detailed part summaries and change summaries; clear notation of deleted code language and new code text; and logical organization that follows the layout of the code. The guides are available in soft cover now or PDF download November 1.

For more information, or to order, call 1-800-786-4452 or visit the 2016 California Codes page on the ICC Store Web site.