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Building Code

Municipal or sometimes national ordinances governing the safe construction and renovation of buildings. A building code helps ensure that a building is not a hazard to people entering and leaving it, or to the broader public. For example, a building code may prohibit hazardous substances like asbestos from being used in construction. In general, building codes do not apply to existing buildings unless an addition or reconstruction is being done.

building codes

Regulations established by local governments to specify minimum building standards for foundations, structural support, electrical and plumbing systems, fire retardation, accessibility, safety for small children and others, fire escapes, numbers of exits, numbers of parking places,and many other areas concerned with the health and safety of the population.The most widely employed building code is the standard known as the International Building Code. Some local governments still employ the Southern Building Code.(For more information go to the International Code Council Web site at www.iccsafe.org.)
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Ahmed Al Shareef, Under-secretary, Department of Municipal Affairs, said recently that the purpose of the training is to introduce and spread awareness among all sectors that have direct relations with the construction industry on the international building code developed by the ICC.
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Addressing the mid-May International Concrete Sustainability Conference in Arlington, Va., National Institute of Building Sciences CEO Henry Green characterized the prior's week Conference on Resilient Building Codes as the first time the White House had ever acknowledged the importance of codes and standards to the country.
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by Zargona Salehi on 12 August, 2014 - 18:36 KABUL (Pajhwok): Most of recently constructed buildings are in violation of relevant rules and regulations, the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) said on Tuesday, introducing national building codes. Addressing a press conference, ANSA chief Popalzai Popal hoped the set of codes would address city planning and urban development issues in accordance with the geography, climate, land and culture of the country.
Muscat: In a significant move to boost sustainable development through harmonised standards, the draft of unified building codes for all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will be introduced next year.
Lessons learned: The architecture firm's understanding of building codes was different than the city's understanding.

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