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Interior codes and standards reference of choice for designers and architects, updated and revised
Completely revised and updated, the seventh edition of The Codes Guidebook to Interiors is the only book devoted exclusively to codes that are applicable to interior designers. The guide features jargon-free explanations of all the codes and standards that are relevant to designers and architects, including performance codes, building and finish standards, energy codes, and ADA standards. In addition, the dozens of examples and a greatly enhanced with a set of illustrations, including floor plans, that clearly show how codes apply to real-world project.
Written by Katherine E. Kennon (a professional architect and facilities planner) and Sharon Koomen Harmon (a professional interior designer and educator) are experts on interior design and architecture codes. Updated coverage contains the most recent ICC codes, including the International Building Code and new material on the ICC International Green Construction Code, as well as the NFPA's most recent Life code. The authors address a wide-variety of building and project types (large and small) and they offer information on single family homes and historical and existing buildings. The seventh edition includes:
Easy-to-navigate format geared toward the code process as a wholeA step-by-step guide through the codes relevant at each stage in the design processThe newest changes to the ADA Standards and ICC/ASI accessibility requirementsA companion site that offers interactive checklists, flashcards, PowerPoint lecture slides, and an Instructor's Manual
Having all applicable codes in a single resource saves hours of research time, and can dramatically reduce the potential for costly planning oversights. Whether renovation or new construction, small or large, codes apply to every project. The Codes Guidebook for Interiors provides designers with the comprehensive information they need to stay up-to-date.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 187 x 240 x 35mm | 1,082g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7th Edition
  • 1119343194
  • 9781119343196

About Katherine E. Kennon

KATHERINE E. KENNON, AIA, is a licensed architect with nearly thirty years' experience in design for commercial, healthcare, and residential projects. As an adjunct instructor, she has taught courses on design, codes, accessibility, and interior/architectural history at various design programs in Tennessee where she lives. She has also presented seminars on codes and accessibility for design professionals at conferences and organizational meetings throughout the United States.
SHARON K. HARMON has more than twenty-five years' experience in interior design and project management. She is owner and founder of Life Design for Health, which combines her experience with interior design with her strong interest in natural health.
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THE INTERIOR CODES AND STANDARDS REFERENCE OF CHOICE FOR DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS--UPDATED FOR THE 2O15 CODE

Designers, architects, and facility managers must remain up-to-date on the ever-evolving codes and standards that keep communities safe. With over 80,000 copies sold, The Codes Guidebook for Interiors continues to provide comprehensive explanations of the major codes and standards applicable to commercial and residential interior projects. The easily navigable format gives new perspective to how these often confusing concepts and requirements are integrated into real world practice, helping designers incorporate the relevant standards into their projects. Updated with the most recent changes and insights to the codes and standards of the ICC, NFPA, ANSI, ADA, and other standards, the Seventh Edition provides unparalleled and integrated guidance on building safety, accessibility, sustainability, energy efficiency, and more.

Updates to the Seventh Edition include: Coverage of the 2015 ICC codes, including the International Building Code, and new material on the ICC International Green Construction Code as well as the NFPA's 2015 Life Safety Code Current information on the newest changes to the ADA Standards and ICC/ANSI accessibility requirements, with a new accessibility chapter Expanded information on a variety of building and project types, including information on single family homes, historical and existing structures A companion website with flashcards, interactive checklists, instructor's manual, and lecture slides

Current, practical, and relevant to nearly any interior project, The Codes Guidebook for Interiors provides invaluable insight and reference for both student and professional interior designers.
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Table of contents

INSET INDEX xiii
PREFACE xv
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xix
INTRODUCTION: HOW TO USE THIS BOOK xxi
CHAPTER 1: ABOUT THE CODES 1
A Brief History 2
Code Publications 3
Federal Regulations 21
Standards Organizations 24
State and Local Codes 33
Research and Documentation 34
CHAPTER 2: ACCESSIBILITY 36
Comparing the Codes 37
Accessibility Guidelines 38
Level of Accessibility 47
Enforcement and Responsibility 52
Research and Documentation 54
CHAPTER 3: OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATIONS AND LOADS 55
Understanding Occupancy Classifications 56
Comparing the Codes 58
Description of Occupancies 60
New versus Existing Occupancies 80
More Than One Occupancy Type 82
Accessibility Requirements 90
Determining Occupant Loads 94
Using the Occupant Load 106
Research and Documentation 106
CHAPTER 4: CONSTRUCTION TYPES AND BUILDING SIZES 108
Understanding Construction Types 108
Comparing the Codes 112
Combustible versus Noncombustible 113
Determining Construction Types 115
Sustainability Considerations 122
Understanding Building Height and Area 124
Height and Area Limitations 125
CHAPTER 5: MEANS OF EGRESS 133
Comparing the Codes 134
Means of Egress Components 136
Exit Accesses 141
Exits 160
Areas of Refuge 168
Exit Discharges 170
Means of Egress Capacity 172
Arrangement of Exits 186
Signage 196
Emergency Lighting and Communication 200
Research and Documentation 201
CHAPTER 6: FIRE AND SMOKE RESISTANT ASSEMBLIES 203
Comparing the Codes 205
Compartmentation in a Building 207
Fire Walls 208
Fire Barriers, Horizontal Assemblies, and Fire Partitions 210
Smoke Barriers and Smoke Partitions 226
Sound Attenuation Partitions 230
Opening Protectives 232
Through-Penetration Protectives 244
Test Ratings 249
Using Rated Materials and Assemblies 252
Sustainability Considerations 255
Research and Documentation 256
CHAPTER 7: FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 257
Comparing the Codes 258
Detection Systems 261
Alarm Systems 265
Extinguishing Systems 270
Sustainability Considerations 285
Research and Documentation 285
CHAPTER 8: PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL REQUIREMENTS 287
Comparing Plumbing Codes 288
Number of Plumbing Fixtures 289
Plumbing Fixture Requirements 298
Toilet and Bathing Facilities 309
Plumbing Sustainability Considerations 323
Comparing Mechanical Codes 326
Mechanical Requirements 328
Mechanical Sustainability Considerations 335
Research and Documentation 336
CHAPTER 9: ELECTRICAL AND COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS 338
Comparing Electrical Codes 339
Electrical Components and Devices 342
Grounding and Circuit Interrupters 355
Light Fixtures 359
Required Electrical Systems 363
Electrical Sustainability Considerations 366
Comparing Communication Codes 371
Communication Components and Devices 372
Types of Communication Systems 379
Communication Sustainability Considerations 386
Research and Documentation 387
CHAPTER 10: FINISH AND FURNITURE SELECTION 389
Types of Finishes and Furnishings 390
Comparing the Codes 392
Standards and Testing 394
Determining Finish Classifications 419
Obtaining Test Results 424
Accessibility Requirements 430
Other Code Restrictions 436
Sustainability Considerations 439
Research and Documentation 446
CHAPTER 11: CODE OFFICIALS AND THE CODE PROCESS 447
Authority Having Jurisdiction 447
Code Review and Enforcement 451
The Code Process 454
Documentation and Liability 466
Present and Future 475
APPENDIX A: SUSTAINABILITY 477
Green Rating Systems 479
Sustainable Standards and Certification Programs 484
Life Cycle Assessment 487
Environmental Product Declarations 489
Additional Tools 490
APPENDIX B: EXISTING AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS 493
Existing Buildings 495
Historic Buildings 499
Sustainability Considerations 501
APPENDIX C: FAMILY RESIDENCES 503
Construction Types and Building Size 504
Means of Egress 504
Fire and Smoke Resistance 506
Fire Protection 506
Plumbing 508
Mechanical 508
Electrical and Communication 509
Finishes and Furniture 511
Accessibility Considerations 512
Sustainability Considerations 512
GLOSSARY 515
INDEX 539
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