RedVector developed the 2015 International Residential Code Essentials Course Series in partnership with the International Code Council (ICC).
Did you know that the International Residential Code® (IRC) is a comprehensive, stand-alone residential code that establishes minimum regulations for the construction of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories in height, including provisions for fire and life safety, structural design, energy conservation and mechanical, fuel-gas, plumbing and electrical systems? These codes serve primarily to protect the safety and welfare of the building occupants and the public.
In addition to providing a better understanding of the code provisions and their development, the additional content of this course is organized to correspond to the order of construction, beginning with sitework. Structural topics include conventional footings and foundations (including the fundamentals of soil capacity).
When following conventional construction of residential buildings, protecting the safety and welfare of the building occupants and the public is a primary concern. But as a professional, you don’t want to feel backed into a corner by standards. The 2015 International Residential Code® provides comprehensive, easy to use standards that afford the greatest design flexibility in recognizing other methods and materials of construction.
This interactive, online course explains the difference between “prescriptive” and “performance” requirements. Prescriptive structural design requirements to resist the forces of wind, earthquake and snow are described and illustrated in an easy-to-understand way. Structural topics include conventional wood floor, wall and roof framing, and engineered wood products.
The health, safety, and welfare of the dwelling occupants is of primary concern to anyone involved in the design, construction, or inspection of residential buildings. The International Residential Code® (IRC) sets minimum requirements for the most commonly encountered building practices.
In this interactive, online course you will explore such topics as a safe means of exiting the building and protection from falls and from the hazards associated with breaking glass. The code also sets minimum room dimensions to support a healthy living environment. Other requirements in the code address fire safety and air supply and support concerns for chimneys and fireplaces.
Protecting the public is an important part of your job. As part of its purpose statement to protect the health and general welfare of the public, the International Residential Code® (IRC) sets minimum requirements for durable interior and exterior finishes, as well as for providing weather protection.
Permanently installed equipment and systems that control environmental conditions of a dwelling are significant in what you plan for and do. Part of this course will focus on common heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, gas-fired appliances and gas piping systems.
The IRC also covers plumbing system design and installations typical of dwelling construction, as well as focusing on commonly encountered electrical installations for services, branch circuits, devices and fixtures in IRC-regulated buildings.
Also addressed in this interactive, online course are the prescriptive methods of the IRC for effective use and conservation of energy through proper design and construction of dwellings and information on structural and environmental hazards often associated with dwelling and accessory building construction.