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National Standard Building Contractor (B) 615 (2021-07-12)

Number of Questions 80
Time Allowed 4 Hours

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.  The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available.  For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.

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    Concrete Manual 2015

    Publication Year: 2015

    $85.00

    The Concrete Manual, now updated to the 2015 International Building Code® (IBC) and ACI 318-14, provides the guidance and information that inspectors and other construction professionals need to become more proficient in concrete field practices and inspection.

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    International Building Code 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $130.00

    The scope of the International Building Code® (IBC®) includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as:Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory. New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories. Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height. Where an elevator hoistway door opens into a fire-resistance-rated corridor, the opening must be protected in a manner to address smoke intrusion into the hoistway. The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised to one occupant per 150 square feet. Live loads on decks and balconies increase the deck live load to one and one-half times the live load of the area served. The minimum lateral load that fire walls are required to resist is five pounds per square foot. Wind speed maps updated, including maps for the state of Hawaii. Terminology describing wind speeds has changed again with ultimate design wind speeds now called basic design wind speeds. Site soil coefficients now correspond to the newest generation of ground motion attenuation equations (seismic values). Five-foot tall wood trusses requiring permanent bracing must have a periodic special inspection to verify that the required bracing has been installed. New alternative fastener schedule for construction of mechanically laminated decking is added giving equivalent power-driven fasteners for the 20-penny nail. Solid sawn lumber header and girder spans for the exterior bearing walls reduce span lengths to allow #2 Southern Pine design values.

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    International Building Code Turbo Tabs 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $15.63

    2018 IBC Turbo Tabs consist of clear plastic self-adhesive tabs that have key sections of the 2018 International Building Code printed on them in an easy-to-read format. Can be used with either the 2018 International Building Code or the 2018 IBC Code and Commentary.

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    International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $128.00

    This comprehensive code comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code AdoptionsThe IRC contains many important changes such as:An updated seismic map reflects the most conservative Seismic Design Category (SDC) based on any soil type and a new map reflects less conservative SDCs when Site Class A, B or D is applicable.The townhouse separation provisions now include options for using two separate fire-resistant-rated walls or a common wall.An emergency escape and rescue opening is no longer required in basement sleeping rooms where the dwelling has an automatic fire sprinkler system and the basement has a second means of egress or an emergency escape opening.The exemption for interconnection of smoke alarms in existing areas has been deleted.New girder/header tables have been revised to incorporate the use of #2 Southern Pine in lieu of #1 Southern Pine.New tables address alternative wood stud heights and the required number of full height studs in high wind areas.

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    International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings Turbo Tabs 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $15.62

    2018 IRC Turbo Tabs consists of clear plastic self-adhesive tabs that have key sections of the 2018 International Residential Code printed on them in an easy-to-read format. Can be used with either the 2018 International Residential Code or the 2018 IRC Code and Commentary.