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For a general guide to standards see: Standards. Standards relevant to architecture include:
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Search Knovel for handbooks produced by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).
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A vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical information in a broad range of engineering disciplines.
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 well as many local Pennsylvania codes see: MADCAD.com.
Carnegie Mellon students, staff, and faculty may obtain specific industry standards and codes in PDF format from many publishers through Techstreet. Contact a librarian
to make a request.
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Online access to International (ICC) building codes, related standards from ASHRAE, ASTM, NFPA, etc., USGBC LEED Reference Guides, and Wiley’s Graphic Standards.