How Do Building Codes Work? 9 Things to Highlight
In March 2012, in southern Mexico, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit. In the past, the nation had seen excessive devastation from earthquakes. This time around, however, there was far less destruction of property and lives lost. In fact, no one died, and only a handful of people were hurt, with 800 homes damaged, and 60 destroyed. Yes, that was actually an improvement over past earthquakes’ aftermath!
What was responsible for the progress? It had everything to do with how building codes work. Stricter building codes had been enforced by Mexico after the 1985 earthquake, which was catastrophic. At that time, 10,000 lives were lost, hundreds of homes were destroyed, thousands were damaged, and numerous public buildings were leveled.
Why Are There Building Codes?
Building codes provide standardization of compliance, construction, and design practices. The code establishes regulations for the general welfare, health, and safety of building occupants. During building emergencies, these building codes also help protect emergency responders and firefighters.
The minimum construction and design requirements that ensure resilient and safe structures are regulated by building codes. By creating stronger buildings, these codes reduce damage, costs, and casualties because the buildings’ designs are more apt to withstand disasters.
Violations of building codes can result in penalties and/or fines.
Point of interest: Possibly the toughest building codes in the entire nation exist in Florida.
A Breakdown of Building Codes
Depending on the region of the world you’re in, building codes will vary. Your project’s structural requirements will depend on building codes. There are hundreds of pages involved in the International Building Code. Other codes are referenced by the ICC, including standards put forth by the National Fire Protection Association, International Plumbing Code, National Electric Code, etc.
In the interest of clarification, let’s highlight some crucial areas/chapter titles in the International Building Code:
- Roof, wall, and foundation construction
- Construction materials
- Interior finishes
- Building areas and heights
- Energy efficiency
- Fire prevention
States take the International Building Code and build upon it for their state’s building codes. However, not all towns and cities use the state version as it exists. Compared to state standards, stricter standards can be adopted by municipalities within a state.
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