Introduction to Building Codes
Handy, 22-page tutorial on each of the major building codes, who develops them, and how they are adopted and enforced.
HUD Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse
Supports organizations seeking information about laws, regulations, and policies affecting the development, maintenance, improvement, availability, and cost of affordable housing.
ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
Standards development organizations that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
National Fire and Protection Agency
Activities related to safety and fire code development.
Center for Disease Control Basic Housing Inspections
Companion publication for training sessions of agencies conducting housing inspection courses.
International Code Council
Develops comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.
National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS)
Promotes the development of an efficient, cooperative system of building regulation to ensure the public's safety in all buildings.
Appliance and Equipment Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program develops test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
Independent, nonprofit product safety testing and certification organization.
Content updated on 9/1/2005