Tips, Spring 2008: New Year, New Rules

As of January 1, 2008, the state of California has adopted the 2007 California Building Code (CBC), which saw a change to the International Building Code (IBC) from Uniform Building Code (UBC) standards. Although the IBC was heavily amended to form the 2007 CBC (this IS California after all - ed.), this change of standards brings California closer to compatibility with the rest of the country. With the code switch is a whole host of architectural and structural changes, and there's likely to be a learning curve while industry and government adapt. For further info visit the California Building Standards Commission website. You can also download an addendum to "Code Check 5th Edition" which details the changes from the 2001 CBC.

While a certain amount of adjustment is inevitable, you'll want to limit delays and revisions to your project by working with professionals who are well versed in the new code. At Remodel Guidance, we recognize the importance of a thorough understanding of current building and planning codes to speed and ease project approval. In fact, we teach classes about these topics, green building, and more.

We begin every client relationship with a no-obligation consultation which includes a thorough, yet concise summary and discussion of the regulations involved. Once we have that stuff sorted out, we get to the "fun stuff" - helping our clients realize their dreams in the most cost-effective manner possible. If you'd like our input on a project you're considering, or help with problems for one you're currently involved in, please feel free to contact us at 415-258-4501 or via email at

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