The National Building Code of India (NBC), a comprehensive building Code, is a national instrument providing guidelines for regulating the building construction activities across the country.
It serves as a Model Code for adoption by all agencies involved in building construction works be it the Public Works Departments, other government construction departments, local bodies or private construction agencies. The Code mainly contains administrative regulations, development control rules and general building requirements; fire safety requirements; stipulations regarding materials, structural design and construction (including safety); and building and plumbing services.
Considering a series of further developments in the field of building construction including the lessons learnt in the aftermath of number of natural calamities like devastating earthquakes and super cyclones witnessed by the country, a Project for comprehensive revision of NBC was taken up under the aegis of National Building Code Sectional Committee, CED 46 of BIS and its 18 expert Panels; involving as many as 400 experts. As a culmination of the Project, the revised NBC has now been brought out as National Building Code of India 2005 (NBC 2005). BIS is the foremost institute ensuring quality development and management of various sectors. It regulates the norms and standards for industrial manufacturing and subsequent adoption of such products. The National Building Code, 2005, is one such code standard prescribed for all construction activities related to building design and planning ranging from small buildings to the large township and industrial estate. It also takes the account of public health and safety in Buildings. The Code mainly contains administrative regulations, development control rules and general building requirements; fire safety requirements; stipulations regarding materials, structural design and construction (including safety); and building and plumbing services.
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