Fort Worth
Tarrant County


      

Summary of Building Code Findings in Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth
2009 International Residential Code with amendments

Residential Building Code for Tarrant County
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Residential Building Code Opportunities

  • Require all roof coverings and individual replacement shingles or shakes be minimum Class A for additional protection against wildfire

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

  • Require asphalt shingles be removed prior to replacement in all hail prone areas and 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

  • Require a building official to issue a Certificate of Occupancy before a home is occupied or a change of use in the existing occupancy is made


Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale (BCEGS) Rating for City of Fort Worth: 5

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

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from weather risks such as flash floods, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, 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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