Before ground is broken on a new building, there’s often a lot of red tape that must first be cut. Building codes and zoning laws determine what kind of structure can be erected and where, as well as many other stipulations.
From the specific diameter of nails used in roof decks to the type of bolts that secure wooden poles into metal, like BACO carriage bolts, building codes provide detailed criteria for ensuring the safety and integrity of a structure. Though much data and careful analysis are used to determine building codes, it’s easy for them to become outdated and for such lapses to go unnoticed until disaster strikes.
This was, unfortunately, the case in Florida, where Hurricane Michael served as a harsh reminder of where tougher building standards are needed. Relatively recent state-wide building code updates helped to mitigate destruction in the region, but the need for more … Read the rest