Prepare to face the strictest building codes in history.
Synopsis: Building codes are a vital part of creating safe, healthful houses, but they can be the bane of many builders’ existence. In this article, builder Fernando Pagés Ruiz takes a look at the history of building codes: how they started, how they got to where they are, and where they’re going.
You know the drill: You apply for a construction permit, submitting a set of drawings detailing what you intend to build and how. After some back and forth with the plans examiner and after your plans appear to meet the legal building code, your jurisdiction issues a building permit. Inspectors come to your job site at specific stages of construction to verify that the workmanship and materials follow the approved plans and meet local building standards. You complete construction, your inspector judges the building to be in compliance, and then your local authorities issue a certificate…