Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency
WEEK FOUR // May 22–28, 2017
Science and Technology Lead the Way
Science and technology are leading the way for designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up to date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into the buildings while ensuring safety for lives, properties and investments. So whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling, or building from the ground up, look for the latest in technology and make sure it is based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first.
The Codes Protect Your Investment
The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy a home. Homes represent security, a place where people will live, raise their families, and share life with others. Whether you own or rent a home, following the building codes during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety, and your investment as well.
The building codes include research from experts that help ensure every phase of the construction process is done correctly. In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, use less water, and conserve resources.
If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or make costly repairs.
A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met––as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records––has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners, plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficiency construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home.
Invest wisely in your home or remodeling project. It’s a smart investment to build and remodel your home to the latest codes.
- Energy Code Resources from ICC
- 2015 WEP Water Efficiency Provisions of the 2015 International Green Construction Code®
- CodeNotes: Solar Water Heating Systems, Based on the 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions™ (PDF Download)
- Building in Higher Flood Zones: Freeboard – Reduce Your Risk, Reduce Your Premium
- What is Freeboard? Raise your home, Lower your monthly payments
- Reducing Losses through Higher Regulatory Standards