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Chicago – new building codes after 70 years!


On March 13th, before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office in May, he introduced major revisions to the mostly 70-year-old Chicago Building Code. The code is based on the latest editions of the International Building Code (IBC) for new construction and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC).

The provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code-Commercial Energy Efficiency (IECC-CE Section C408, Maintenance Information and System Commissioning) were adopted without modification.

The new code “will reduce barriers to cost-effective construction by expanding options to design and build with a wider range of materials and technologies.”

The proposed changes will be phased in gradually, beginning June 1 and completely replacing the current Building Code by August 1, 2020.

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