Building Codes Illustrated in lieu of IBC 2015

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    James Wyatt

    Well I would say yes and no. BCI is good to learn the information but there is no way to memorize either one of the books. You need to know where in the IBC to find the answers to the questions. Since the exam provides does not provide a copy of BCI in the exam, you need to be familiar with IBC locations of important content.

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    David Kaplan

    Agreed with above - use BCI to understand the codes and how to use them.  But, refer to IBC so you know where to find excerpts that you need.  Know how to use that book.

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    Eric Haoxing Li

    Thank you both: this is very helpful information.

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    Dylan Harm

    I disagree somewhat with the comments above. While the exam does test you on IBC, BCI references each IBC chapter and points you to each section, where you can (and should) go to understand how the actual code is written. So, yes, study BCI to get an in-depth explanation of common code logic - IBC is not very clear at times and Ching does a great job deconstructing/visualizing the concepts. However, do simultaneously read the true IBC in order to become comfortable with the specific language, unless you reference IBC regularly at work. BCI has worked a charm for me as study material.

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