Building Code Resources

International Building Code (and all other International Codes…) Including the BCNYS Building Code of New York State

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NFPA – all National Fire Protection Association codes are online for free. Go to the website at:

and search for the code you are interested (for example NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code). Then, you will click through to the individual code. Part way down the page it will say:


Click  and log in. It will launch in a “real read” window (you probably have to install the real read plug-in). This is especially useful for the more obscure NFPA codes & standards such as NFPA 37 – Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Tubines.


UL Documents. UL Fire Resistance Directory. The famous orange book is online.

Walls, Roofs, floors:

fire rated joint systems:,ccnshorttitle:asc&query=XHBNCCN+and+not+GUIDEINFO

Also, the UL fire resistance wizard!


ICC/ANSI A-117 – what we commonly call ADA or accessibility code. Note that this is NOT the ADA code (that is federal). They also have the new, updated 2009 version.


Federal ADA manual (not to be confused with ANSI A-117).


FM Global Roof Selection Tool.

RoofNav is a complimentary tool from FM Approvals that provides access to the most up-to-date FM Approved roofing products and assemblies.

Designed to help roofing professionals, RoofNav provides easy access to all roofing-related information from the FM Approvals – Approval Guide and related installation recommendations from relevant FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets.

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Masonry Fire Resistance Ratings. NCMA the National Concrete Masonry Association has published this short but very useful guide to the fire resistance of concrete masonry (blocks). Shows also how to detail fire rated joints in CMU.



And of course, the Gypsum Association Fire Resistance Design Manual. now 20th ed! (read only…)

Gypsum Association Fire Resistance Design Manual & Sound Control


Fireproofing systems:



Article about top of wall deflection and deflection track

this CSI article is a great discussion of the concerns regarding top of wall deflection and fire rating the top of wall deflection joint:

Fireproofing – thermally restrained vs unrestrained

ever wondered what UL is getting after when they say restrained versus unrestrained? read here:


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