NCGBCS White Paper Looks at Role of Existing Building Codes
The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) issued a white paper focused on one of its priorities, “The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock.”
Existing buildings define the main streets and the skylines of the nation’s communities. Yet, as these communities evolve to address changes in their economy and populations, they don’t always have the mechanisms in place to assure the safety and security of their citizens while providing building owners and developers a cost-effective means for updating the existing building stock to meet changing needs. Existing building codes provide just such a mechanism.
Communities across the United States state are faced with decaying, blighted and vacant existing buildings, yet half of all states do not enforce existing building codes at the state level.
In this white paper, the NCGBCS, in its effort to support high-performance buildings and communities, examines effective strategies for promoting the adoption of existing building codes, as well as developing and implementing educational and training programs for owners, builders, contractors, design professionals and, most importantly, code enforcers. NCGBCS also addresses some of the implementation challenges and enforcement issues, and the technical changes necessary to improve future editions of the codes.
NCGBCS unveiled the white paper during its Annual Meeting, held during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.
About the National Institute of Building Sciences
The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.