What is a building code?
Practically, it is the government's official statement on building safety. Technically, it is a compendium of laws and ordinances setting minimum safety standards and arranging them in a systematic manner (codified) for easy reference. It embraces all aspects of the building construction - fire and structural items as well as the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

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1. Who needs building codes?
2. What is a building code?
3. How reliable are the building codes?
4. Why inspect a building during construction?