There are rules to be followed when starting a new installation!

By Michael Patino on 2010-05-14 17:02:34 -

ICC logoA A CheckList has been developed to assist and guide the designer and plans examiner through the provisions of the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), Chapters 1 through 11. The material is organized by subject to allow the user to quickly identify code requirements applicable to the project and have easy reference to the corresponding code text for further clarification.

The 2009 IRC CheckList covers the code provisions related to the planning, design and construction of typical residential buildings including requirements for construction documents, structural design criteria, fire and life safety, foundations, framing, weather protection, chimneys and fireplaces, and energy efficiency. The CheckList is also a useful tool for the contractor, builder and inspector in the planning, construction and inspection processes.

The following is a sample of the contents of the IRC Checklist... 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface................................................................................. vii

2009 IRC, Chapter 3–Design Criteria......................................... ix

2009 IRC Checklist–Sample Letter .............................................x

I. Construction Documents .....................................................1

A.Submittal Documents..... .......................................................1

B. Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions ..................................1

C. Areas Prone to Flooding .......................................................1

D. Site Plan ...........................................................................1

E. Design Criteria......................................    ...........................1

II. Building Planning...............................................................5

A. Site Address ......................................................................5

B. Exterior Wall Location..........................................................5

C. Light, Ventilation and Heating .............................................6

D. Minimum Room Areas and Ceiling Height .............................6

E. Sanitation, Toilet, Bath and Spaces ......................................7

F. Glazing ............................................................................7

G. Garages and Carports..........................................................9

H. Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings................................9

I. Means of Egress and Guards ................................................10

J. Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems...........................................12

K. Smoke Alarms ...................................................................12

L. Carbon Monoxide Alarms......................................................13

M.Foam Plastic ....................................................... ..............13

N. Insulation .........................................................................13

O. Dwelling Unit Separation ....................................................13

P. Vapor Retarders................................................................14

Q. Protection against Decay and Protection against Subterranean Termites ......14

R. Roof Ventilation and Attic Access .........................................15

S. Accessibility.............................................. ........................16

T. Storm Shelters....................................................................16

III. Wall Covering..................................................................17

A.Wall/Ceiling Interior Covering................................................17

B. Exterior Wall Covering ..........................................  ............17

IV. Chimneys and Fireplaces .................................................19

A. Masonry Fireplaces.............................................................19

B. Masonry Chimneys .............................................................20

The International code council is an excellent source of publications that regard regulations in your state or locality. Standard codes and amendments can be found at this link.