What has code enforcement done to the residential building industry?
I have restored buildings historically for 32 years. Most of the projects have been buildings that have withstood the test of time.(100+years) There were requirements by apprenticeship for carpenters and builders, but no code inforcement when these structures were originally built. For the most part, it seems that these buildings only failed due to lack of maintenance~ neglect. Today in my area, Baltimore County, MD there are no skill or training requirements to become a builder, home improvement contractor or even to call yourself a carpenter. There are however a myriad of building code requirements being enforced. As a result, for the past 20 years + thousands of plastic shacks called homes have been thrown together, by greed driven developers, that seem to dabble in the grey zone just below “minimum code requirements”. The untrained, in experienced workers are all that this process seems to have afforded.
The vast majority of the new homes in my reigon were built to minimum code requirements, using inferior profit ,not performance driven materials. These homes are failing as a result of both code enforced construction techniques and building material failure. Thousands of homes are losing their limited efficiencies by design. Whats worse is that the homeowners, with maybe half of their largest life investment paid off, had no idea that they were paying top dollar for a home built to minimum standards.
Could skill or training requirements without code be better than code without skill or training requirement? Are we getting any better at this code stuff or still experimenting with other peoples lives and money? Have LEED standards and materials proven the test of time?
A little confused,
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