2018 Building Codes

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Tachibana Yuko  Kawashima Norihisa 
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Course description and aims

This course will cover the Building Standards Act, the City Planning Act, the Act on Architects and Building Engineers, and others as building codes. Focusing on the Building Standards Act, the instructor will explain regulations for the group such as land use zones, floor area ratio, building coverage ratio, and building height restriction, as well as regulations for individual buildings such as fire prevention and evacuation. The instructor will also touch on current topics concerning building codes as application.
When constructing buildings, plans must conform to building codes. Accordingly, the knowledge acquired in this course will become the basis for the students' building design and research or building activities in the real world. The aim of this course is for students to acquire such knowledge as a tool in facing real-world building and cities: what is the minimum width needed for a hallway, and what is the maximum height of a building which can be constructed in this area?

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the meaning of terms and regulations of building codes.
2) Understand the thinking behind building codes and do their own research.
3) Use the thinking behind building codes in their design, research, or other applications.


building regulations, building standard law, building confirmation, registered architects

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In each class, the first half will be an explanation of some building codes. The second half will be exercises or other activities related to the material covered that day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lecture outline, Definition of terms, Transition of Building Standards Act Exercises
Class 2 Definition of terms, the City Planning Act and the Building Standards Act, Road and Site Exercises
Class 3 Restrictions for grouping Exercises
Class 4 Building code Exercises
Class 5 Provision of Procedures, Other Laws on Buildings Exercises
Class 6 Current topics of the building regulations essay
Class 7 Architects and building regulations~guest lecture01 essay
Class 8 Architects and building regulations~guest lecture02 essay


Introduction of Building Codes, Kenjirou Omura, Jitsugyo Shuppan

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Assessment criteria and methods

"Students' knowledge of building regulations will be assessed.
The quality of the task(60%),exercises and essay(40%)"

Related courses

  • Architectural design drafting

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



Mandatory course for 1st-class Kenchikushi (registered architect)

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