Is a later edition for the Building Codes Illustrated OK?

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    Katie Merten

    Hi Julio,
    I've seen on other forums that people have used the latest edition of BCI for the reasons you listed--it's prohibitively expensive to purchase! It'd be a good idea to have the actual 2012 IBC code book with you when you use the latest edition of BCI for comparison to what has changed. Though, I read the actual code book for SPD (4.0 exam) and didn't use it at all for PPP (another 4.0 exam) and you only really need one chapter out of it (soils /foundations). You might want to just read from the code book for PA for now. Food for thought.

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    James Frisbee

    I've been debating this myself as I'm starting to purchase the study materials for PA.  After thorough research online, I found a company that has an e-book version of the 2012 BCI.  You can rent it for a specific amount of time, or purchase unlimited access to the e-book.  I purchased a 90-day rental period for about $28.  Hopefully that will be enough time for me to study and pass PA.  Even if it's not, I can rent it again over and over for cheaper than buying the outdated book online.  As a young professional, I'd rather ultimately purchase the latest edition for daily reference, and just rent the 2012 e-book for studying.  Hope this is helpful.  The e-book is available at Vital Source:

    https://www.vitalsource.com/products/building-codes-illustrated-a-guide-to-francis-d-k-ching-steven-r-v9781118392737

     

    Good luck on your exams everyone!

     

     

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    Julio Cedano

    Thanks all. 

     

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    Julio Cedano

    ended up getting the version of the book referenced by NCARB from a friend. 

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