El Paso
El Paso County


      

Summary of Building Code Findings in El Paso

The following is an executive summary of findings from an analysis conducted of the residential building code in effect for your community as it compares to model codes and beyond-code disaster resilient building practices.

Residential Building Code for City of El Paso
2009 International Residential Code with amendments

Residential Building Code for El Paso County
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Residential Building Code Opportunities:

  • Recommend impact-resistant roof coverings with a rating of Class 3 or 4 when tested in accordance with UL 2218 or FM 4473, to provide increased resistance to hail and debris resulting from downburst winds

  • Incorporate freeboard 12” or greater above Base Flood Elevation for additional flood protection

  • Increase wind design speed value to ASCE 7-05 wind speed value plus 20 mph, increase roof deck thickness and add requirement for sealed roof deck for additional protection against wind-borne debris and hail

Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale (BCEGS) Rating for City of El Paso: 4

Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale (BCEGS) Rating for El Paso County: 99

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from weather risks such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, hail, and wildfire. Safe, strong and sustainable homes that are more resilient against damage from natural disasters also support a more stable local economy, fewer taxpayer burdens, and reduced demand for emergency services.

Local elected leaders committed to protecting the public have a central role in improving the level of safety for homes built in their communities. Strong building codes and effective enforcement of those are the foundation for disaster-resilient communities.

      



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