Understanding Building Codes
If you’re looking into purchasing new construction you may have heard the term “building code” come up in your search. What does this really mean and how does it apply to you? Building codes are requirements builders must follow in order to protect public health, safety and general welfare. This includes construction categories such as building materials, design, fire safety, heating and cooling and energy conservation as examples.
The federal government does not mandate building codes across the country, rather local governments oversee building codes. Codes may vary by location depending on weather, land type and state regulation.
Codes are developed or adopted at the local level and enforced by local authorities. Multiple parties are involved in code development including public and private sectors of the construction industry, government, consumers and professional trade organizations.
If you have questions about building codes in your area contact your local home building association or code enforcement arm of your local government.
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