2304.12.2.2 Posts or Columns
Posts or columns supporting permanent structures and supported by a concrete or masonry slab or footing that is in direct contact with the earth shall be of naturally durable or preservative-treated wood.
Exception: Posts or columns that meet all of the following:
- Are not exposed to the weather, or are protected by a roof, eave, overhang, or other covering if exposed to the weather.
- Are supported by concrete piers or metal pedestals projected not less than 1 inch (25 mm) above the slab or deck and are separated from the concrete pier by an impervious moisture barrier.
- Are located not less than 8 inches (203 mm) above exposed earth.