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Architecture: Standards and Codes


Standards relevant to architecture include:

  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    Standards for applying the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Architectural Graphic Standards
    HUNT FAREF-4 TH2031 .A84 2016
  • Architectural Graphic Standards (Student Edition)
    TH2031 .A84257 2008
    An authoritative and comprehensive guide to the visual representation of materials, products, systems, and assemblies.

  • ASHRAE Handbooks
    Search Knovel for handbooks produced by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

  • ASTM Compass
    A vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical information in a broad range of engineering disciplines.


For a general guide to standards see: Standards.


Building codes set minimum standards for building construction or remodeling. Most cities and states base their codes on the publications of the International Code Council, which are generally published every three years. Most cities and states then add local codes of their own.

When building or remodeling in the City of Pittsburgh, see:

For the most recent International codes and related ASHRAE standards as sell as many local Pennsylvania codes see:



Carnegie Mellon students, staff, and faculty may obtain specific industry standards and codes in PDF format from many publishers through Techstreet.  Contact the Architecture Librarian to make a request. provides online access to International (ICC) building codes, related standards from ASHRAE, ASTM, NFPA, etc., and USGBC LEED Reference Guides via .  Please logout when you are finished!