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ICC Underscores the Importance of Following Building Codes and Standards for DIY Projects


The International Code Council (ICC) has published an article that focuses on assuring building safety in DIY projects. The article was published as a response to recent high-profile cases, in which people undertook DIY projects involving tunneling beneath or alongside buildings.

“Starting a DIY project without collaborating with a local building department and adhering to applicable building codes and regulations can pose significant dangers such as structural instability,” writes Kevin McOsker, vice president of technical services, ICC government relations.

The article, published in Building Safety Journal, underscores the importance of plan review, permitting, and inspectionssteps that are critical in renovation and construction projects. The feature also examines designing safe and sustainable underground structures, engineering based on specific soil conditions, and the importance of leveraging a local building department.

Read “The Importance of Following Building Codes and Standards in DIY Projects,” posted on the Building Safety Journal website.

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