In the United States building codes are generally adopted from state ordinances. This is true for the State of Oregon. Other states, such as Kansas, use building codes implemented by their local jurisdictions.
Most cities and counties in the United States have adopted the International Building Code, or a modified version of it, such as State of California and State of Oregon have done.
There are some counties inside the United States that have not adopted any type of building code. This is very bad, unsafe, and life threatening for the residence of these counties. Just look to the disaster and loss of life that happened to Haiti after the earthquake in 2009 for an example of what can go wrong. However, if some one is crazy enough to build without safety guidelines, he/she can check “The 2010, United States Edition of No building Codes by Terry Herb”.
Purpose of Building Codes
The International Residential Code, IRS:
“The purpose of this code is to provide the minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.”
The International Building Code, IBC:
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment, and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
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