Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month
McKinney celebrates Building Safety Month in May
Mayor Brian Loughmiller will issue a proclamation at the City Council meeting on May 2, 2017, declaring May 2017 as Building Safety Month.
Building Safety Month is a national public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. Each week in May, the Building Inspections Department will provide helpful safety tips to protect residents in the buildings where they live, learn, work and play.
This year’s theme is ‘Code Officials— Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth’. Weekly themes during Building Safety Month include:
- May 1 - 7, Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals
- May 8- 14, Building Design Solutions for All Ages
- May 15 - 21, Manage the Damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters
- May 22 - 28, Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency
Week 4 - Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency
Science and Technology Lead the Way
Science and technology are leading the way for designing and constructing safe, efficient, and resilient homes and buildings. Up to date building safety codes and standards enable the technology to be incorporated into the buildings while ensuring safety for lives, properties and investments. So whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling, or building from the ground up, look for the latest in technology and make sure it is based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first.
The Codes Protect Your Investment
The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy a home. Homes represent security, a place where people will live, raise their families, and share life with others. Whether you own or rent a home, following the building codes during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety, and your investment as well.
The building codes include research from experts that help ensure every phase of the construction process is done correctly. In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, use less water, and conserve resources.
If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or make costly repairs.
A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met––as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records––has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners, plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficiency construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home. Invest wisely in your home or remodeling project. It’s a smart investment to build and remodel your home to the latest codes.