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AE/CV 1001: Codes and Standards

Codes and Technical Standards

A code is a set of rules and specifications for the correct methods and materials used in a certain product, building or process. Codes can be approved by local, state or federal governments and can carry the force of law. The main purpose of codes is to protect the public by setting up the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings, products and processes.

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. Standards allow for interchangeability of parts, system interoperability, and they ensure quality, reliability and safety.


Obtaining Codes and Standards

The library has electronic access to some codes and standards.  See the Resources for Finding Codes and Standards listings for more details on available codes and standards.  

The library has some codes and standards available in print in the reference section of the library.  Please search the Library Catalog for standards and codes available in print. 

Codes and Standards needed for course assignments are available to current students.

Please email the library or call (414) 277-7180 with any questions about accessing codes and standards.

Resources for Finding Codes and Standards

Important codes produced by the NFPA include:

  • NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code
    Provides the requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection in new and existing buildings.
  • NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code
    The safety benchmark for fuel gas installations.
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
    The world's most widely used and accepted code for electrical installations.
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code
    Establishes minimum requirements for new and existing buildings to protect occupants from fire, smoke, and toxic fumes.
  • NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code
    The first building code developed through an open, consensus-based process, accredited by ANSI.

Reference Materials