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Tell me about Building Codes

WHAT IS A BUILDING CODE?

Practically, it is the government’s official statement on building safety. Technically, it is a compendium of minimum safety standards arranged in a systematic manner (codified) for easy reference. It embraces all aspects of building construction––fire, structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and drainage and grading.

WHO NEEDS BUILDING CODES?

We all do––whether in our homes, offices, schools, stores, factories, or places of entertainment. We rely on the safety of structures that surround us in our everyday living. The public need for protection from disaster due to fire, structural collapse, and general deterioration underscores the need for modern codes and their administration.

HOW RELIABLE ARE THEY?

Most aspects of building construction––electrical wiring, heating, sanitary facilities––represent a potential hazard to building occupants and users. Building codes provide safeguards. Although no code can eliminate all risks, reducing risks to an acceptable level helps

WHAT IF I WANT TO DO A BUILDING PROJECT MYSELF?

Building departments have pamphlets and brochures explaining, in detail, how to obtain permits and design and construct a safe building. Inquire within your local community.

WHY SHOULD CODES APPLY TO MY OWN HOUSE?

For several reasons:

  • For your personal safety, and that of your family, and the guests invited into your home.
  • To ensure the economic well-being of the community by reducing potential spread of fire and disease.
  • For the conservation of energy.
  • To protect future home purchasers who deserve reasonable assurance that the home they buy will be safe.
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