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  •  Here in California (3+ / 0-)

    the building code is very stringent for seismic reasons, and it is updated every two years and becomes more and more so.

    When Hurricane Rita hit Galveston, there were a handful of homes that were still standing in almost perfect condition amongst the rubble - these were homes that were built after Hurricane Katrina.

    There is a reason why we don't have fires in buildings (at least in buildings that are up to code) that kill hundreds of people.  There is a reason why we don't lose thousands of lives in an earthquake.

    My clients may not like the fact that their structure needs to be overbuilt and would survive armageddon, but they don't have a choice.  If there is ever a huge earthquake, though, they'll be happy then.  When we design to 100-year flood levels, that sounds like overkill.  But all it takes is one flood and your home is destroyed.

    When you're under construction, there is way too much pressure to keep the budget as low as possible, and people take risks.  Not to mention that in most cases, if these things weren't required, the client would never even have a choice - the contractor simply wouldn't offer it.

    I know that these codes are a PITA, but they do save lives and it's one of the things that we still have that differentiates us from a third-world country.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Wed May 22, 2013 at 01:27:02 PM PDT

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