You will often hear architects, contractors, and engineers talking about how a building is “to code”, meaning it complies with the building codes. We talk about it like it’s a good thing, something to be proud of.
But is it?
The building code defines the worst acceptable building practices.
Do you really want to entrust the safety of your family, friends, your community, to buildings that have been built with the worst acceptable building practices?
When we are likely to face a major earthquake in the next 20 to 30 years?
It may cost more, but it may be reasonable to consider exceeding the code minimums every once in a while.
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