State & Federal Building Codes


More about State and Federal Building Codes

State and Federal Building codes are an important part of the construction process. For structural engineers, working knowledge of state and federal building codes is essential. Keeping on top of constant changes made to state and federal building codes can be challenging. Building codes vary from state to state. There are several websites available to help you keep up to date on federal and state building codes. Try these resources to help you stay on top of federal and state building codes.

Federal Building Code Resources
ANSI ( http://www.ansi.org/ ) – American National Standards Institute
ASTM ( http://www.astm.org/ ) – American Society for Testing and Materials
BOCA ( http://www.bocai.org/ )- Building Officials and Code Administrators, International
ICBO ( http://www.icbo.org/ ) – International Conference of Building Officials
ICC( http://www.intlcode.org/ ) – International Codes Council
NCSBCS ( http://www.ncsbcs.org/ ) -  National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc.
SBCCI ( http://www.sbcci.org/ ) – Southern Building Code Congress, International
USACE ( http://www.usace.army.mil/inet/usace-docs/ ) – United States Army Corps of Engineers Publications Page

State Specific Resources for State Building Codes
This is not a complete listing of structural engineering associations for every state. If your state Is not listed below, an Internet search will bring up your state’s SEA website.

SEAOAL  ( http://www.seaoal.com/ )- Structural Engineering Association of Alabama
SEAOA ( http://www.primenet.com/~seaoa ) – Structural Engineering Association of Arizona
SEAOSC ( http://www.seaint.org/seaosc/index.asp ) – Structural Engineering Association of Southern California
SEAOC ( http://www.seaoc.org/ ) – Structural Engineering Association of California
SEAONC ( http://www.seaonc.org/ ) – Structural Engineering Association of Northern California
SEAOCC ( http://www.seaint.org/seaocc1.htm ) – Structural Engineering Association of Central California
SEAOSD  ( http://www.seaint.org/seaosd/seaosd1home.htm )- Structural Engineering Association of San Diego
SEAC  ( http://www.seacolorado.com/ )- Structural Engineering Association of Colorado
SEAOH ( http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/~seaoh ) – Structural Engineering Association of Hawaii
SEAOI ( http://www.seaoi.org/ )- Structural Engineering Association of Illinois
SEAM ( http://www.seam.org/ ) – Structural Engineering Association of Maine
SENH ( http://www.senh.org/ ) – Structural Engineers of New Hampshire
SEANM – Structural Engineers Association of New Mexico
SEAONY – Structural Engineering Association of New York
SEAO – Structural Engineering Association of Oregon
SEAOT – Structural Engineering Association of Texas
SEAU – Structural Engineering Association of Utah
SEAW – Structural Engineering Association of Washington

Subscribing to a trade publication or state-sponsored newsletter for builders is also a great way to keep up with state and federal building codes. If you have any information on changes to any of these links or would like to have your own state listed please contact me at adam@strucalc.com

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