Building Code

Building Codes
Stairs: tread, riser, capacity
Doors: location, number, size
Windows: where required, glass area
Fire Safety: smokes, pulls, suppression
Lights: sun, electric, energy
Elevators: capacity, stretcher access

All states have a building code. It sets the minimal standards required to build a building. It covers almost every building component contained within a building. In addition, there are numerous separate regulations that govern plumbing, mechanical, electrical, elevators, accessibility, etc. All of these regulations constitute what is referred to as the ‘building code’. These codes change over time and become more restrictive. These codes are written to protect human life and safety. Only certain professionals, such as architects, are licensed by the state to report on the building codes.