Houston
Harris County


      

Summary of Building Code Findings in Houston

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 Houston
2012 International Residential Code with amendments

Residential Building Code for Harris County
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Residential Building Code Opportunities

  • Increase ASCE 7-05 wind speed value 20 mph, increase roof deck thickness, and add requirement for sealed roof deck

  • Provide more specificity for prescriptive requirements in Appendix L, "Conventional Light-Frame Wood Construction for Single Family Residential Construction in High-Wind Areas"

  • Provide minimum subterranean termite protection

  • 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 Houston: 4

Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale (BCEGS) Rating for Harris 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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