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For builders, remodelers, and inspectors in the state of California, here are the most up-to-date changes in the building code, which took affect on January 1, 2008. Although California adopts a new suite of codes every three years, all the codes were postponed until 2007 with the exception of the 2004 Electrical Code. As a result, the 2007 California codes are the first since the 2001 edition. Each of these codes has been published as a suite of codes collectively known as Title 24. The new codes took effect on January 1, 2008, and are expected to have a 3-year life. The energy code is on a slightly different cycle. The 2005 California Energy Code became part of the 2007 California Codes, and a new energy code will come out before the next cycle of the other codes.
To help code users make an easier transition and learn the differences between all the codes and how best to apply them, Code Check Fifth Edition for California covers the material specific to California and the time period of 2008 through 2010. The significant changes are covered and also summarized on the final two pages of the book. This highly condensed does not address accessibility issues, and is limited to R-3 occupancies (one- & two-family dwellings & townhouses), and to the interior of R-2 occupancies (timeshares, apartments, & condos). The building section of this book deals with conventional framing. In Seismic Design Category D such framing is limited to two stories for one- & two-family dwellings and to single-story townhouses and other structures. Buildings that are beyond those limits require an engineer's concurrence, as is common with most California house plans. 32pp.
Updated to the current California Residential Code
Answers hundreds of code questions clearly and completely