What Are Those Other 31 Chapters of the Building Code For?

June 19, 2015
Publication: International Concrete Repair Institute’s (ICRI) Concrete Repair Bulletin
Author(s): David Jacoby Brian Kuhn

There are many different types and conditions of concrete repairs in the industry and lots of guidance on the topic by various organizations. When designing a repair, the engineer will likely consult with Chapter 16 of some edition of the International Building Code (IBC), which provides the structural requirements (including loads) for a building in which the repair is occurring. The engineer may also peruse Chapters 17, 19, and 21 to identify whether there are any special inspection requirements and specific material requirements for concrete and masonry. So what are those other chapters of the building code for? You may think that other requirements are someone else’s problem; and your issue is only the concrete repair. However, there are many repair projects that are led by structural engineers or contractors that do not have an architect or a complete design team to address the rest of the building code. Without an architect, it is incumbent on the party submitting for a permit to ensure that all local codes and requirements are met related to the scope of work. In this article, we provide a brief overview of the other chapters in the IBC and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) so that you can be more informed on other requirements that may be triggered by concrete repair work.