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Building Codes for Beginners

This 1-hour online introductory course to building codes for interior designers points to the why, what, where and when of the building code information that is essential to interior design practice. Consulting a resource of this kind provides an efficient alternative to wading through volumes of codes, standards, regulations and guidelines that pertain to all aspects of the built environment with the intent of understanding what specific information applies to interiors – a task that is not only overwhelming but likely to be impossible. Building codes are mastered through years of experience, the foundation of which begins by starting in the right place. This course will direct designers to fundamental issues and information that will help form that foundation efficiently and concisely.  

Course Details

This course is approximately 1 hour in length, with an exam at the end. Once you pass the exam with a score of 70% or better, you can print your personalized certificate right from your computer, or download it as a PDF.

The course is fully narrated and packed with photos, interactivity, links to related content, and downloadable material.

Learning Objectives

  • Know why building codes are necessary and what they are
  • Be familiar with the history of code development in the United States
  • Know the difference between labels and listings
  • Understand the organization of code language
  • Be familiar with the common codes used throughout the United States
  • Know how to properly find and address code conflicts
  • Understand how your project type, location and occupancy class govern what codes you need to reference
  • Know how to find out what codes are applicable and in use in your jurisdiction
  • Be armed with factors to consider when applying codes in both residential and commercial projects
  • Understand the basic process of design using codes
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