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Introduction to Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition by Dason Whitsett, Peter Silver, William McLean

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Building Codes

Health and Safety

Most of the statutory regulations that control the construction industry worldwide are there to ensure the health and safety of both construction industry operatives and end-users. Building codes cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, waterproofing, structural elements, structural stability, insulation, energy conservation, ventilation, heating, fire protection, emergency means of escape, and electric installations.

Normally architects, in association with specialist consultants such as structural and environmental engineers, must apply to the various agencies of the municipality where a project is located for a building permit prior to construction. Those agencies verify that the plans comply ...

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