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SAEA member, Engineer Omar Abdelrazzak, President at Damas Group: Architects, Engineers, Contractors frequently contributes his expertise over 30 years of experience in construction in the US and abroad to SAEA conversations. In a recent presentation, he highlighted the importance of code compliance and enforcement in construction.

He suggested that effective code compliance will take into consideration the views of all interested parties, including state and local code officials and to enforce applicable standards. Codes are designed to protect: buildings, people and property against events such as fires, earthquakes and windstorms.

Compliance with codes ensures structural integrity, serviceability, durability, operability, and other basic minimum requirements for the structure and its mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other functions. Codes also ensure accessibility, resilience, and energy efficiency for what is normally a large capital investment. It sets solid foundations for architects, engineers, builders, and developers to work from to ensure occupants’ safety and building functionality.

Code compliance and enforcement confirms the building’s ability to withstand natural and man made hazards such as windstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, explosions, or other environmental impacts. Hazard-resistant buildings reduce casualties while also reducing the cost of any building damage and lessening economic impact during natural disasters.