Contains requirements intended to encourage the use and reuse of existing buildings. The scope covers repair, alteration, addition and change of occupancy for existing buildings and historic buildings, while achieving appropriate levels of safety without requiring full compliance with the new construction requirements contained in the other I-Codes. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions
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The 2015 IEBC® contains many important changes including:
- Chapter 34 of the IBC entitled Existing Structures was deleted from the IBC and replaced with a reference to the IEBC in Section 101.4. All repairs, alterations and changes of occupancy must now comply with the IEBC. (Chapters 4 and 14; G201 – 12)
- The structural prescriptive compliance provisions of Chapter 4 for alterations have been revised to require specific design considerations for wall anchorage for unreinforced masonry walls and unreinforced masonry parapets. (Section 403; G216 and G217 – 12)
- The accessibility prescriptive compliance provisions of Chapter 4 have been updated to coordinate with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for primary function areas, stairs and escalators, performance areas and toilet rooms. (Section 410; G238, G241, G242 and G243 – 12)
- Operable windows which undergo replacement are required to be equipped with window opening control devices to provide window fall protection for children. Such devices must comply with ASTM F2090. (Sections 702.4 and 702.5; EB15-13)
- The Level 1 and Level 2 alteration provisions related to accessibility for performance areas, dwelling and sleeping units, toilet rooms, amusement rides and primary function areas have been updated to coordinate with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for primary function areas, stairs and escalators and performance areas. (Sections 705 and 806; EB18, EB19, EB20, EB21 and EB22 – 13)