SOURCE: Building Owners and Management Association of Austin

May 31, 2005 10:30 ET

BOMA Austin Applauds Texas Legislature's Approval of International Building Codes

New Building Codes Will Make Texas Commercial Real Estate Safer and Better-Built

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 -- BOMA Austin, the Austin-based affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association International, says a new bill passed by the Texas Legislature on May 26, 2005, will make the state's commercial buildings safer and better-built.

The bill, "Relating to the adoption of a uniform commercial building code for use in the state," will make International Building Codes (I-Codes), established by the U.S.-based International Code Council (ICC), the new law of the Texas real-estate land. I-Codes provide a single set of model building codes expected to result in greater consistency, higher quality and more cost-effective commercial buildings. The bill now awaits action from Gov. Rick Perry.

"We are very excited that the I-Codes are poised to be the new standard in Texas," said Kyle Gillman, BOMA Austin Legislative Chair. "They represent the highest standards of building safety codes in the world. BOMA Austin has been a pointed supporter of the I-Codes and we firmly believe the community as a whole will benefit from the streamlined, more effective system."

Texas' adoption and implementation of I-Codes will create greater consistency in the interpretation and enforcement of building regulations at the state and local levels. I-Codes cover all aspects of building design and construction with the broader purpose of safeguarding public health, safety and welfare.

Developed through an open governmental consensus process, I-Codes are updated regularly and represent the general interests of the public-at-large, regulatory agencies, academia, building owners, designers, insurance providers and developers. Texas' adoption of I-Codes enables enforcement officials, architects, engineers, designers, contractors, builders and building owners and managers to work with a consistent set of requirements throughout the United States, eliminating regional and jurisdictional differences in building requirements.

"The adoption of I-Codes is to the great benefit of Texans," Gillman said. "Not only do the codes promote best practices in public safety, they eliminate the confusion and frustration of disparate and inadequate building codes. It's a better system that produces better results for the public."

I-Codes are the most widely recognized building codes in the country used in 48 states at the state or local level. I-Codes are used by Washington D.C., and by U.S. federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development, the General Services Administration and the National Parks Service.

About BOMA Austin

BOMA Austin is the Austin-based affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association International. A member-driven non-profit, BOMA Austin promotes the highest ethical and professional standards in the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, networking and education. Serving the Greater Austin area, BOMA Austin is composed of more than 265 members who own or manage more than 30 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and institutional properties.

BOMA Austin represents owners, managers, suppliers of goods and services, and the professionals insuring the health, safety, comfort and productive environment of commercial structures. Please visit www.BomaAustin.org.

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