Some important building code requirements include seismic building codes, which help to ensure the buildings and structures can resist the seismic forces that come with an earthquake, as well as codes that address energy conservation. Building codes that help to ensure safety during a fire are also important requirements.
Certain building codes that regulate evacuation plans and drills during a fire include periodic fire inspections by the fire marshal of the state the building is located in. These codes are part of the International Fire Code, which apply to new and existing construction.
Other important building code requirements are laid out in the International Plumbing Code. This building code covers fixture fittings, fixtures, faucets, water supply and distribution, water heaters and vents used in buildings.The International Mechanical Code is a code that protects the installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of HVAC, exhaust, duct systems, ventilation systems, vents and chimneys, as well as covering fuel gas distribution equipment and piping.
The Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement incorporates important building code requirements to ensure green building and water efficiency that applies to plumbing and mechanical systems. These systems include water softening equipment, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, insulation, recirculation and increased indoor air quality.