1. Confirm your community has adopted a modern building code and has a strong system of enforcement
  • Most building codes in the United States are based on the International Codes
  • Modern building codes provide protection from tragedy caused by fire, structural collapse, and general deterioration in a home
  • Compliance with modern building codes is the first step to preparing your home for daily occupation, as well as natural disaster
  1. Identify beyond-code options for retrofitting and building
  • Enhances strength, durability, and performance of the home
  1. Check with your insurance company on what types of incentives are available for using strong building practices
  • Lower insurance premiums 
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