Objectives of a Building Code
To ensure all new construction and renovations provide a minimum level of safety, health, and welfare to the occupants and public - They deal with a building's performance - Enforced by local jurisdiction such as cities and municipalities under police powers granted to them by the state - Lowers the liability risk for building owners and contractors
What aspects of building and design to building codes regulate?
- Life safety - ie heights of guardrails and treads - Fire safety - ie construction fire ratings, egress requirements, fire detection and suppression - Structural Safety - Health and Welfare - lighting, ventilation, sanitation, temperature, noise control, minimum habitable room size, energy code and accessibility for the disabled Property Protection - durability of materials
Enforcement of Building Codes