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Letter: Building codes save lives

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

America, along with many other countries, is celebrating Building Safety Month during May for the 41st year. This year, building safety is especially important as we continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic as well as devastating hurricanes and wildfires.

Building codes save lives by incorporating the latest technology and providing the safest, most resilient structures for our families and communities. The International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.

No longer are places of residence simply a family living space; they’ve taken on the role of extended work, school, gym and entertainment centers. With a greater demand to create safe communities of the future, buildings need to account for increased capacity, dangers from natural disasters and resource shortages, and a wide range of public safety...

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