Building Codes and Standards

Policy

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) supports the development, evaluation, adoption, and enforcement of codes and standards that protect and improve public health, safety, welfare, and economic vitality of the built environment.  It also encourages the development of codes and standards for the design, preservation, and construction of sustainable and high-performance buildings.

IIBEC supports state, national [Canada], provincial, and local adoption of these codes and standards in a timely fashion to establish sound threshold values; to ensure comprehensive, coordinated, and contemporary regulation; and on a regular basis as codes and standards are updated and revised.

Issue

Building codes have evolved based on the concept that detrimental effects can be reduced by imposing reasonable conditions. The public need for building codes and standards is protection from natural or manmade disaster and general deterioration.Their application must:

  • Assure the public of minimum quality standards for the safety, soundness, and comfort of buildings;
  • Ensure the durability of buildings; and
  • Promote and maintain quality of life for building occupants.

To achieve these goals, building codes and standards should be:

  • based on a consensus process, public participation, and informed education and research;
  • written without favoritism or bias to any special interest; and
  • regularly updated and revised.

The triannual production of the International Building Code, a model code, by the International Code Council follows these practices[1].  However, State, provincial, and local legislative bodies are not obligated to adopt model building codes and may write their own code or portions of a code.

Rationale

While the first building code was developed over 4000 years ago, current American and Canadian model building codes should be adopted by localities and provinces to maximize the benefit of the public and forthose who reside or work in the buildings.

International Building Code, 2012 Edition, International Code Council, Inc.

While the first building code was developed over 4000 years ago, current American and Canadian model building codes should be adopted by localities and provinces to maximize the benefit of the public and forthose who reside or work in the buildings.