2015 IBC to 2018 IBC

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    Alexander Gault

    Thank you for pointing this out. I just went through all the new format and had ZERO idea the code year was changing. Hmmmm

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    Richard Balkins

    Likely, you can use your 2015 reference and look up ICC code difference. In the exam, the scans maybe updated to the pertinent sections from the ICC 2018 code section. Exams like the ARE, the CPBD certification exams, and all should be operating with the current codes because ICC is now already in development for 2021 I-Codes. The codes update and you should already even before licensure be in the culture of take continuing education such as building codes updates. While it isn't mandatory, you are in the stages of becoming a licensed or certified professional at this this stage of your career and keeping up to date with the codes and code changes are important. If you study from 2015, you really need to look at what has changed and their are materials and resources available for that.

    Since the ARE is a closed-book exam, the codes you'll have for test items are going to be using the pertinent codes you'll be answering the questions. You don't necessarily need to buy a whole new edition of the I-codes from ICC. In the exam, you'll be looking at the scanned pages of the codes so it really doesn't matter the code edition. Calm a little. Don't get too caught up on the not so essential. The majority of the code requirements haven't changed or changed much in the past 10-15 years but you will need to like any professional in real life be aware of changes in code cycles and guess what, that's real life. ICC will keep publishing new editions about every 3 years. In real life, you might be working with codes across 2-3 code cycles because some places are on the most current code and some jurisdictions are a code cycle or two behind. Some, are a bit further behind. There's at least one U.S. jurisdiction (federal territory) that was or still is on the UBC from the 1960s. 

     

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    Jared NCARB

    Katie & Alexander,

    The updates to the 2018 family of codes compared to that of 2015 are not major in any way as it relates to the ARE. Here's a link to ICC's website that lists the significant changes. There is only one change to the IBC noted, and this is an example of the type of knowledge you would not be expected to memorize. If you ever get a question about exit height signs in residential R-1 construction on the ARE, we would give you a table so you could apply the information (we wouldn't expect you to memorize the heights noted).

     

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    Richard Balkins

    Thank you Jared for clarifying. Everyone should not get too concern about code editions. 

    As a practicing building designer, I have seen codes for over a decade and they haven't necessarily changed much and regardless of that, the pages from the I-codes that would be pertinent would be provided to us by NCARB.

    Heck, NCARB can throw code section from the 1905 national building code published by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and we should be able to answer test items that used such a code. Now, I we don't expect nor should expect NCARB to do that but it shouldn't matter what code edition from old NBC, UBC, or I-codes, if NCARB is providing the pertinent code section so memorizing which code is kind of irrelevant because you should have the skill to read the information resources and extract the information from the codes provided, project program, and any other reference material to answer the test item. In the U.S., both states and U.S. territories, you maybe working with codes of many different editions and eras. In American Samoa (a U.S. territory), the codes is an old 1960s era UBC code. Amazing, isn't it. 

    There are better things to put your energy behind than memorizing code. Managing multiple piece of information from multiple sources is one of those things. It is a skill to really get good at.

     

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    Jonathan Chertok (Edited )

    reposting here after reviewing what i have.

    so original editions of ARE used the 2012 code and if you were using the 2015 code you would have had to purchase 2012 in order to be familiar with the calculations and the tables and the sections?

    and the code recently was on 2015 (now using 2018 with no changes) so if you are using anything from 2015 onward you are using the proper format of sections tables and charts for the exam?

    is that right?

    if so does anyone know if there is some kind of summary somewhere as to what you need to make sure you are reviewing if you were using the “older” code?

    meaning i “reverse engineered” this from the 2015 code so that i incorporated the “properly formatted to fit the exam” 2012 material to test originally and now i have to “forward engineer” this material to make sure my study materials are covering the correctly formatted content.

    and i am expecting this to be somewhat time consuming since i don’t deal with it on a daily basis and i was only concerned about getting the proper charts for the test if that makes sense.

    or i guess i - well this is going to be laborious so it would be best to get some kind of confirmation or see if this is archived somewhere.

    so any help on this would be welcome as well.

    THANKS

    <edit: or i guess the “pre-conversion” test is still on 2015 but the factual aspects of the question still apply...?>

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