The International Code Council (“ICC”) has announced the availability of the 2012 North Carolina Building Codes. The ICC’s press release summarizes some of the key code changes as follows:
One of the most visible changes to the 2012 codes is the inclusion of live/work unit provisions (North Carolina Building Code Section 419) to help building code officials better manage mixed commercial and residential properties in neighborhoods, buildings and within unit types. North Carolina Fire Code Section 404.3.3 includes requirements for school lockdown plans and other similar occupancies while the North Carolina Mechanical Code Section 504.8 has new provisions for common exhaust systems for clothes dryer ducts in multistory structures. Increased safety provisions in the North Carolina Residential Code Section R312.2 now address child protection and fall prevention for windows located more than 6-feet above the exterior grade.
The following 2012 codes are available now: Building, Fire Prevention, Fuel Gas, Mechanical and Plumbing. The 2012 Residential Code, Administrative Code & Policies, Energy Conservation Codes and North Carolina Electrical Code (2011 edition) are scheduled for release in January, and are currently available for pre-order. The entire 2012 North Carolina Building Code Collection, in soft cover, PDF Download and CD formats, will be available as a single package in March. Ordering information can be found here. The N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshal has uploaded the amendments to the 2009 Codes here.
FYI, the 2009 Codes are applicable to all permits issued before March 1, 2012.