Phase Inspections where there are no codes

Originally Posted By: kbliss
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I am going to moving to Union county Georgia where they have no building codes. There is a lot of new construction going on and a lot of it is for people building a second home. After looking at homes to buy I noticed there are a lot of builders in the area some good some not so good. I was thinking about tapping into phase inspections there and was wondering as far as codes what should I do. I guess the obvious is to go by the NEC, but what about structure? Maybe look at building codes in another county that is close by?

Kurt Bliss

Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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Hi Kurt,

good luck with your move, if I were in your position I would buy a copy of "international residential code: for one and two family dwellings" whilst it has not been adopted in your part of the world, it has to be concidered a "best practice" guide when looking at new construction. it covers all areas of building residential property from footing to attics, and all major mechanical systems.
I love it, it puts me to sleep everytime I get it out ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) seriously though i think it is what you should be working with.

ISBN 1-892395-17-7 it is also available on CD rom

here is a link to one source for these:



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Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Georgia has state building codes (statutory laws) that would apply regardless of any enforcement. There can be local amendments, but they have to be more restrictive than the state code which are minimum requirements for the entire state.

For homes, its the 2000 IRC with state amendments (amendments can be downloaded). These links should help, including what codes apply statewide, where to buy them, and lists/maps for local enforcement:

It is ultimately always the developers/owners responsibility to comply with the building codes. With no local enforcement you are missing a check on substantial compliance, but that does not negate the state codes/laws.

Hope that helps ... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)

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Originally Posted By: jwalker
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If no one else has set the bar, then you set it!!

At the very least use the 2000 IRC and you can't go wrong!

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