Building codes for existing buildings evaluated in new white paper

The paper examines implementation, enforcement challenges, and changes needed in new code editions.

January 16, 2017 |

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The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) issued a white paper that analyzes how existing building codes can be improved and better enforced. 

“The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock,” looks at how existing codes can be used to transform the U.S. building stock. Half of all states do not enforce existing building codes at the state level, the report says.

The document “examines effective strategies for promoting the adoption of existing building codes, as well as developing and implementing educational and training programs for owners, builders, contractors, design professionals and, most importantly, code enforcers,” according to a news release. The document also addresses implementation challenges and enforcement issues, and “the technical changes necessary to improve future editions of the codes.”

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