• 11 minutes

International Building Codes: How and Where to Find What You Need


Understand where to look to find what you need for building codes.

Does the state or municipality have a list of code officials and their function/titles? Does the state or municipality have a list of previously adopted codes that have since been superseded by more recent adoptions? For modern practitioners, the ability to view the code that was in place when a building was originally constructed (or permitted) can be a starting point for a contemporary code analysis. This video reviews how to use online research and ICC Code commentaries, along with legacy codes and staff directories, to assist in finding the building code information you need.

Runtime: 11 minutes



Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI

Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI

Burnham Nationwide, Inc.

  • NCARB Director – The Code Group, Burnham Nationwide, Inc.
  • Illinois licensed architect and chief code consultant and Director of the licensed architectural subsidiary of Burnham that he assisted in founding in 2001
  • Since 1998, has also been an adjunct faculty member of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL, where he teaches a course on building codes
  • Previously the principal of the Chicago office of Hughes Associates and been a member of such prestigious Chicago architectural firms as SOM
  • With over 40 years of experience in the profession, has concentrated on the technical requirements of building design and has managed the production of code-compliant construction documents for a wide variety of project types
  • Over the past three decades has performed numerous code compliance plan reviews for the City of Chicago and other municipalities
  • Currently serves on the International Code Council’s Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process, the International Fire Code Action Committee and is the 2021-2022 chair of the ICC Compliance Code Action Committee
  • Other professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was the 2018 chair the National AIA Codes and Standards Committee

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