About Building Codes

All house plans available from Direct from the Designers™ are designed to meet or exceed the International Residential Code (IRC), which has been recognized as the industry standard for construction of residential homes.

It is important to note that regulations and building practices do vary according to geographic location and that your blueprints may need to be modified to comply with local building conditions, energy codes, seismic and soil conditions, snow loads, zoning regulations and other ordinances. Normally these modifications are of a minor nature and can be handled by a qualified builder.

All of our blueprints are to be used in strict compliance with all local building codes and ordinances.

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is similar to the IRC. It encourages energy conservation through efficiency in envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting systems and the use of new materials and techniques. The IECC is similar to the energy related components of the IRC and is referenced within the IRC, though the two are not always identical, since every state has its own energy code requirements.

Some building authorities may require that an architect or engineer review your blueprints prior to construction. Contact your local building plan authority for requirements in your area.

After you receive your plans, you should consult your local builder, architect, engineer or other construction professional to review your plans before actual construction begins.

We cannot be responsible for the advice or assistance you receive from them or for methods that they use. The owner and contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes.

For additional information about building codes, visit The International Code Council (ICC).