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Building Codes Toolkit - Full Toolkit

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Developed by the FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this Building Codes Toolkit provides basic guidance and easy-to-use tools to help property owners understand building codes and the basic processes and standards associated with proper design, permitting, construction, and mitigation.

Building codes specify the minimum design and construction requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of both building occupants and the general public. Historically, details of the building codes, how they are implemented, and its value to overall community planning and disaster resilience have only been understood by the technical community (i.e., engineers, architects, building codes officials, etc.).  FEMA recognizes that it is also equally important for the property owners to learn building codes and how their investment to proper construction ultimately protects their property and their occupants.

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10.85MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfBuilding Codes Toolkit - Fact Sheet
1.54MFebruary 5, 2013
Icon for file of type application/pdfBasic Planning Template
811.30KJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfChecklist of Questions to Ask Your General Contractor
1.36MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfBasic Checklist to Acquire Building Permit
1.46MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfFrequently Asked Questions
2.17MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfInstructional and Testimonial Videos
875.21KJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfOther Useful Resources
701.70KFebruary 7, 2013
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625.60KFebruary 1, 2013
Icon for file of type application/pdfGlossary
828.61KFebruary 7, 2013
Icon for file of type application/pdfSources
705.74KFebruary 7, 2013
Icon for file of type application/pdfCustomer Survey
1.71MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfIntroduction To Building Codes Presentation
As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, the purpose of this presentation is to inform and equip property owners about the value of building codes and how they increase occupant safety and disaster resilience; who the building codes stakeholders are, how they are adopted, and the process for doing so; and finally, explain what tools are currently and readily available to support proper construction and rebuilding.
1.52MJanuary 29, 2014
Icon for file of type application/vnd.ms-powerpointIntroduction To Building Codes Presentation - PowerPoint
As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, the purpose of this presentation is to inform and equip property owners about the value of building codes and how they increase occupant safety and disaster resilience; who the building codes stakeholders are, how they are adopted, and the process for doing so; and finally, explain what tools are currently and readily available to support proper construction and rebuilding.
14.33MJanuary 29, 2014