When it comes to the building codes for natural disasters, there are a few things that you should know. In terms of being compliant with the codes, it’s really up to the local governing body. It’s their job to set the guidelines, and once they see something that seems to violate the code, they will make sure that you are aware of it and follow whatever steps necessary to correct the violation. However, the same applies whether you are building in the city or county, state, or federal area. In some areas of the country, there are separate requirements, and sometimes, even counties will have different building codes for certain projects.
For example, currently the Building Regulations for New York City state, which is a part of the State of New York, includes a section on new construction. The section on New York City transportation priorities lists a goal of achieving zero building projects that result in an increase in the volume of waste that can’t be recycled or released to the environment. The sections on Energy efficiency and low-emission building focuses on ways to achieve these goals by decreasing the amount of energy used and protecting the environment. Other sections discuss topics such as building codes for natural disasters, buildings that are certified “green” and those that have implemented some form of renewable energy technology.
Many cities around the country are working on updating their building codes. For example, in June of 2021, Miami Beach started the Design for Life program, a plan that would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced by existing projects by twenty percent within the next five years. San Diego recently passed a resolution in June to develop a complete building codes package that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thirty-five percent within the next ten years. The two cities join the list of cities and jurisdictions that are working on building codes for natural disasters and other areas at the federal level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.