What Are Some Different California Construction Codes?


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California construction codes include, among other things, specifications for plumbing, electrical and fire protection standards required for newly built residential and commercial structures, notes the California Building Standards Commission. On a statewide level, all of the California construction codes are contained in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Title 24, also known as the California Building Standards Code, is reviewed, updated and published every three years.

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The California Building Standards Code is divided into several parts, explains the International Code Council. The International Code Council publishes most of these parts, with the exception of the electrical code, which BNi Building News publishes, and the mechanical and plumbing sections, which the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials publishes.

In the 2013 edition of the code, scheduled to be revised and published in a 2016 edition, a newly reformatted Chapter 11B contains accessibility standards for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments, according to the Division of the State Architect.

Part 11, also known as the CALGreen code, contains the environmentally friendlier and more sustainable building codes, which were the first statewide mandatory green construction codes in the country at the time of adoption, according to the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

In 2015, the California Building Standards Commission approved new regulations limiting the amount of water allowed for irrigating new landscapes exceeding a certain square footage, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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