Blog: The Hidden Cost of Lax Building Code Enforcement, Part 1 of 2
Posted on October 6, 2017 by Mark Silverberg on USGlassmag.com
Building codes are coming under new scrutiny in light of more frequent and more severe natural disasters. Fires, floods, typhoons, hurricanes – it’s almost Biblical! In many cases, buildings built to code would have made a significant impact on the safety of occupants, and the resilience and durability of structures. In other cases, there are absent codes or codes have not been enforced. Increasingly, these events are just too powerful and their fury could not have been reasonably foreseen. Let’s look at the costs of lax code enforcement and see what could be improved.
New York City’s Energy Codes
Over the past few years, New York City has gotten very aggressive in efforts to improve the energy performance of their building stock. When working on energy code enforcement for new buildings in 2014 “nearly every project that came in did not meet the energy code… the applicants weren’t used to getting any kind of pushback on energy code compliance,” reported Inside Climate News in a September 22, 2017 article.