How to Look-Up Code Requirements for your Crawl Space Encapsulation Project
Knowing the minimum code requirements that govern the design and construction of your upcoming crawl space encapsulation project is a great place to begin so that you can make sure your work is in compliance. Once you know these minimum requirements, and bearing in mind that they are only minimums, you can then determine where you may wish to exceed them for the betterment of your project.
Step 1: Click on this LINKto access the International Code Council (ICC) website.
Step 2: Hover over your state and click on it to locate your state’s adopted International Residential Code (IRC).
Step 3: Every state has adopted a version of the IRC (i.e. 2000, 2003, 2012, 2015, 2018, etc). Search for an icon labeled INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE or an icon referencing residential codes. If you do not see any documents listed, you may need to use the YEAR filter on the left side tool bar and select a specific year. We recommend looking at the most current year and moving backwards until you see a residential code listed. Click on the icon to access the actual code. If you do not see your state’s adopted residential code, you will need to search online for your local building code by either city or county.
Step 4: For your adopted crawl space code, refer to Chapter 4 Foundations, Section R408.
Our goal at Stego Industries is to ensure safe and healthy crawl spaces. If you are looking for materials to encapsulate your crawl space, we can offer industry-leading products that exceed minimum code standards and many more resources to help you with your projects.