The International Building Code (IBC establishes minimum requirements for building systems

using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that

make possible the use of new materials and new building designs. This 2018 edition is fully compatible

with all of the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council

(ICC), including the International Energy Conservation Code, International Existing Building Code,

International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Green Construction Code,

International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Private Sewage Disposal

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Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Residential Code, International

Swimming Pool and Spa Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, International

Zoning Code and International Code Council Performance Code.

The I-Codes, including this International Building Code, are used in a variety of ways in both the

public and private sectors. Most industry professionals are familiar with the I-Codes as the basis of

laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and in other countries. However, the impact of

the codes extends well beyond the regulatory arena, as they are used in a variety of nonregulatory

settings, including:

• Voluntary compliance programs such as those promoting sustainability, energy efficiency

and disaster resistance.

• The insurance industry, to estimate and manage risk, and as a tool in underwriting and rate


• Certification and credentialing of individuals involved in the fields of building design, construction

and safety.

• Certification of building and construction-related products.

• U.S. federal agencies, to guide construction in an array of government-owned properties.

• Facilities management.

• “Best practices” benchmarks for designers and builders, including those who are engaged in

projects in jurisdictions that do not have a formal regulatory system or a governmental

enforcement mechanism.

• College, university and professional school textbooks and curricula.

• Reference works related to building design and construction.

In addition to the codes themselves, the code development process brings together building professionals

on a regular basis. It provides an international forum for discussion and deliberation

about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological

advances and innovative products.

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