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Residential Building Code

When a builder or contractor begins to work on a new home, they must adhere to the residential building code.  Before someone can begin to work on a new home, they must follow exact standards that have been set forth by government law, to ensure that the safety of the building is at its optimum level.  The residential building code exists to ensure that all dwellings and structures are built to standard.

The residential building code ensures the safety of a building and includes determining the types of materials that are used throughout the construction process.  Federal, State, and local laws will govern the residential building code.  You’ll find that since different states experience different climates, that what are applicable building codes in one state would be irrelevant in another.  One area where the residential building code works to ensure citizen safety is in the area of mold.

Since mold grows where moisture is present, it also thrives in humid areas.  Throughout the country, many states will find that a high level of mold growth is present in damp and dark basements, however some states will experience more mold growth than others due to the environment having high humidity levels.  These states will have residential building codes that address the issue of mold growth.

To determine the building codes that govern your area, you will need to get in touch with your local building officer through the office of planning and zoning.  Also, the county office that handles zoning and permits will also have information regarding residential building codes.  You shouldn’t rely on specific codebooks for determining the exact rules and regulations.  Since building codes may change frequently, it is best to contact your zoning office to find out the current codes. By working with the applicable building codes, you can ensure that your new home or office will be a safe and sturdy environment.