Building Design - 2010 Code Criteria
Applicable Codes and Standards
2010 California Building Code (based on the 2009 International Building Code)
2010 California Residential Code (based on the 2009 International Residential Code)
2010 California Electrical Code (based on the 2005 National Electrical Code)
2010 California Plumbing Code (based on the 2006 Uniform Plumbing Code)
2010 California Mechanical Code (based on the 2006 Uniform Mechanical Code)
2010 California Fire Code (based on the 2006 International Fire Code)
2010 California Green Building Standards
2008 California Energy Efficiency Standards
Seismic Design Categories, SDC, are based on specific site locations. Values for spectral response accelerations, S1 and SS, and damped spectral response accelerations, SD1 and SDS, may be determined by entering longitude and latitude at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/hazmaps/design. These values, along with the occupancy category (most buildings in Santa Cruz County will be occupancy category I, II or III, with residences as Occupancy Category II), will determine the SDC. Most of Santa Cruz County will be SDC D or E. Use site soil Class D, unless a geotechnical report determines otherwise. For structures required to have a structural analysis (non-conventional), See ASCE Standard 7-05, Chapter 11, for complete Seismic Design Criteria.
85 miles per hour Basic Wind Speed (based on 3-second gust). Exposure categories B (urban and suburban areas), C (open terrain with scattered obstructions or areas that are not Exposure B or D) or D (unobstructed areas and ocean front areas). For structures required to have a structural analysis (non-conventional), See ASCE Standard 7-05, Chapter 6, for complete Wind Design Criteria
Those areas mapped in a State Responsibility Area, SRA, shall comply with the Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure in 2010 CBC, Chapter 7A for non-residential and 2010 CRC R327 for one and two family dwellings and townhomes. The county's GIS will determine if a project is in a State Responsibility Area, SRA. See WUI Codes for CBC 7A requirements, which generally mirror CRC R327 requirements.
For energy compliance, use Climate Zone 3. See the California Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards