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Building Codes are a Slippery Slope — 4 Comments

  1. Love this blog, but what happened to the post for Counties with Few or No Building Codes?? Can you e-mail it to me?

  2. Great post! I believe most will admit that the federal government and it’s continual grab for more power and overreach is a problem with many aspects of our lives. Fortunately this horrible bill never passed in the Senate. With the shift in the political climate, it is unlikely such a bill will be brought forth again anytime soon.

    Building standards on their own are not really the problem. Affordability should go hand in hand with safety. The problem is the excessive nature of building codes and the fees required to enforce them. As long as society allows bureaucrats and material manufacturers to write the rules, the building industry will not change.

    The promotion of building in rural areas has it’s limits. There maybe dozens of areas in the US where building codes are not much of an issue. While most of those areas are out of the way and currently sparsely populated, how long will that last? Even if everyone wanting to build a natural home could move to those areas, what would the influx of people do to the area? In my experience, when ever the population of an area increases, more government and bureaucracy follows. Politicians, being the blood suckers they are,never let an opportunity for new revenue go to waste. It is also doubtful the older residents of those areas would look favorably on large population increases.

    What about the people who desire a home and cannot find employment in those rural areas? Not everyone wanting to build their own natural home can move to Crestone, Taos or Terlingua. Most rural areas have cheaper land prices, but there is often a greater shortage of jobs.

    As I see it for real change to come about, natural building experts need to write up standards that can be adopted by local municipalities. No matter how much we dislike and disagree with building departments, they are here to stay. Even if people were to elect all new government officials, it is unlikely that the entire building department would throw out it’s codes. If the alternative building movement wants their methods to become more mainstream, they need to put their work to paper. Then the citizens themselves can push for those rules to be adopted. With no standards, each builder is on his or her own.

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