Municipal Officials must understand the value of updated building codes to keep their citizens safe and healthy
Code Officials: Code officials assure the public that new buildings meet minimum standards and assist in compliance with Pennsylvania’s building codes. They are often required to have in-depth knowledge of all types of construction methods and the thousands of different products used in modern buildings. Code enforcement officials support modern building codes because they are on the front line of public safety — making sure the buildings in which we live, work, play are safe.
Boost the Economy: Money not spent on energy bills boosts the economy as consumers and businesses can reinvest in other goods and services. In addition, building homes to code strengthen investment in efficient materials and requires quality craftsmanship and labor, which increases overall job growth. Leading Builders of America, an organization representing homebuilders responsible for 40 percent of the new, single-family-home market, and about 90 small builders and other industry groups support building code upgrades, “Not just because it’s nice to be eco-sensitive, but because it’s good for business.” This organization’s support is a key indicator that builders can support building code upgrades.
Promotes Competition: Standard, modern building codes promote a level playing field for everyone involved in the development and operations process including builders, suppliers, designers, buyers, and tenants.
Preparation Saves Money: Investment in safer buildings that meet codes saves money over the life of the asset, especially when there is extreme weather or natural disaster. According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Building Sciences’ Multi-hazard Mitigation Council, every dollar spent by FEMA on hazard mitigation grants reduced post-disaster relief costs by $3.65 – a savings for all taxpayers, regardless of where they live. Safe buildings mean quicker disaster relief and more businesses open to keep economy moving in the case of a disaster.
Efficiency Benefits Broader Society: Efficient buildings contribute to a healthier, wealthier broader society by mitigating emissions of greenhouse gasses that lead to climate change and lowering electricity demand.
Everyone deserves to be safe. You can work to ensure that your government representatives take this seriously by taking action!