New Pocket Guide available for construction jobsite codes

New Guide Helps Builders Navigate Residential Code
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December 12, 2007 – A new pocket guide co-published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) provides critical answers to the most frequently asked residential construction jobsite code questions.

Available through BuilderBooks, NAHB’s publishing arm, Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes: A Pocket Guide to the 2006 International Residential Code, is a portable guide for home builders, contractors, inspectors, architects, engineers, and other construction professionals. The convenient field guide is a quick reference to the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC), and provides easy-to-read code requirements for every aspect of residential construction.

“The latest edition for Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes is an excellent resource for builders to navigate the 2006 International Residential Code,” said NAHB President Brian Catalde, a builder from Southern California. “With its compact size, it is an ideal reference tool that builders can consult easily while on the jobsite.”

The user-friendly guide helps building professionals better understand elements of the 2006 IRC including:

– Provisions addressing all aspects of conventional construction of dwellings and their accessory buildings.

– Safety requirements such as egress, emergency escape, fall protection, safe design criteria, fire protection and sage and healthy living environments.

– Code provisions for foundations, floors, walls, roofs, chimneys and fireplaces, mechanical, fuel gas, plumbing and electrical systems.

Written by Stephen A. Van Note, the guide features illustrations, tables and figures to help the reader understand specific code requirements, as well as a glossary that provides definitions of construction-related terms. A certified building official and plans examiner, Van Note has 15 years of experience in code administration and enforcement and more than 20 years of experience in the construction field, including project planning and management for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes is meant to be of practical use on the jobsite, not as a substitute for the complete codes.

To purchase the new Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes: A Pocket Guide to the 2006 International Residential Code, please visit or call 1-800-223-2665. (ISBN 978-0-86718-625-3; Retail $26.95/NAHB Member $24.95). The Guide is also available from the International Code Council.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Editors who are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes to review for their publications should contact Patricia Potts at 202-266-8224 or]

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL: The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.