These are real building questions that I received from readers of my e-book, “Residential Development Made Easy” with answers from me, Colm Dillon, and a major USA Construction Master operating in 48 States.
Are there mandatory common national building codes that every state IN THE USA must abide by?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. But if so, would it make my job would so much easier if there was. Every county, township and city has its own codes.
We simply call each one and get the local codes and build from there. Can you imagine the inefficiency and therefore costs that this process adds to the cost of doing business from a
builders and customers point of view.
It would be logical and wonderful if there was a common code for all States with separate list of Variations issued by each authority for things like climatic conditions.
By that I meanin cold climates we want codes to reflect minimum conditions for “retaining ‘heat’ inside the house” and the reverse for tropical climate.
However the basic code for building houses to be the same as to structural soundness etc. Unfortunately there is no “one” website to gain access to this information, you have to contact
each individual authority.
When looking to develop raw land whom is the best person to start with to determine what you can
actually build on it?