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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 03:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Getting ready to purchase an updated set of the 4 volume set of Building Codes ASTM standards to update our 2001s.

Discovered that there is an IBC compilation, single volume, and wonder if this is more appropriate than the 4 volume Building Codes compilation we normally purchase for the office.

Anyone have knowledge of both compilations that could advise/inform as to what would be best to purchase? Will I likely need anything in the 4 volume set if I switch to the IBC compilation?

Anne Whitacre, CCS CSI
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Post Number: 181
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 05:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

the four volume set you used to purchase was four volumes because it had the standards from 3 different codes -- SBC, BOCA and UBC. The one volume set is on larger but thinner paper, and will serve nicely as a doorstop -- but covers those ASTMs referenced in the IBC. There is a companion volume of UL standards referenced in the IBC you should get-- I think they come as a set.
Sheldon Wolfe
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Post Number: 134
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

ASTM Standards in Building Codes includes standards referenced by IBC, National Building Code of Canada, Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, MasterSpec, BSD SpecLink, NFPA5000. I had the four volume set before, but bought the CD version this year - very nice!
J. Peter Jordan
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Post Number: 64
Registered: 05-2004
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 11:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The expanded set also includes ASTMs referenced in the DoD specs used by NAVFAC and Corps of Engineers. The IBC set may not have the most recent standards since the referenced standards may have changed since the last IBC was published.

A complete reference library would probably include both sets, but if I had to go with one, I would take the expanded version.
Robert E. Woodburn
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 12:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

CD or Hardcopy? (A second opinion): Last time I checked, the 4-volume set was $795, a one-user CD subscription $895/year without quarterly updates and $1,095 with them. The one-user CD is for only one computer (a 2-5 user site license is $2,900.), and requires installation plus insertion of various CDs. Computer glitches may render it inaccessible, requiring a call to tech support, possible delay, maybe even time-consuming uninstallation and re-installation (it’s happened to me). Each update requires the old version to be uninstalled first. ASTM estimates 40 to75 minutes for that (my “remedial” un/reinstall took 25), so updates alone could take a few hours per year.

Standards can be viewed any number of times onscreen (on one computer), but the license allows only one copy of each to be printed, and for internal use only. The CDs are non-transferable. ASTM takes “a very proactive stand on copyright protection and enforcement of its license agreement. Nonconformity...will jeopardize your company’s position...”

By contrast, the print version is as easy to use as, well, a book...

Though covered by copyright law (including “fair use”), it is not, to my knowledge, subject to additional EULA restrictions. If you want the expanded collection, get the book version.

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