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How Building Codes Affect a Project

How Building Codes Affect a Project

When you make the decision to build a custom timber frame home, there are several things you will need to prepare for before getting started, one of them being building codes. Before you begin the actual construction of your home, there are building codes you will need to comply with. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about building codes and how they can affect your timber frame project.

Why do we have codes?

Building codes are put into place on a national, state and local level to monitor a variety of elements in your home building project. Depending on your location, these codes will hold standards for a range of factors including home health and safety, the quality of materials, design control, energy efficiency and even bug prevention.

When do I need to look into codes?

Many people believe that the compliance of building codes is something that is handled by the builder at the construction phase. However, in many cases, if you wait until the project gets to the builder, you may already have issues. Codes should always be considered in the design phase of your project.

Where will codes differ?

Building codes can vary on large and small scales—from national, to state, to even local levels. For instance, Canada has a total of 9 building codes that are separated by provincial lines, whereas the United States can have that many sets of codes in a single state. You could even have completely different codes from your neighbor across the street due to county lines.

Who should look into these codes?

If you are building the home yourself, you are responsible for getting in touch with your local officials. If you are working exclusively with a builder, they are responsible for your property’s codes and applying them to your project. At Riverbend, one of the first things we do for clients is contact local officials to understand codes before we begin the design process and to better manage the project during construction. By staying on top of your location’s specific codes, we are able to provide smoother building processes and create timber frame homes that stand the test of time.

 

For more information on building codes throughout North America, check out the NAHB website.