Code decisions should be technical, not political
Ontario building code committee veteran Mike Memme responds to Victoria Residential Home Builders' president Casey Edge
December 14, 2018 by canadiancontractor
Having been involved on several committees doing code reviews and warranty program construction performance guideline reviews in Ontario, I’ve found that builders comments have been very well received and have been the primary input that has swayed decisions one way or another. It’s been my experience that builders with lots of field experience work quite well with chief building officials, engineers, architects, and warranty program officials to move forward with reasonable proposals. In most cases, builders bring to light real world situations government officials had never considered or could possibly be aware of. Builders have dealt with situations that can’t be found in books or online. Once this real world information is added to the discussion, code committee members from other disciplines have been very responsive. The problem is that code decisions should be more technical than political. When these decisions become political we lose focus on what’s most important and risk unintended consequences. BC should be aware of that more than any other province. Codes should be about safety and durability with a nod to affordability. Everything else should come after.