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Richardson Adopts Updated Building Code Standards
Posted Date: 4/23/2013 8:00 AM

The Richardson City Council has approved the adoption of the 2012 International Codes (or I-Codes), which includes the 2011 National Electrical Code that provides standards for installation of electrical conductors and equipment. Doing so ensures greater construction quality and safer building techniques, more clearly defines building code language and methods of installation, and use of innovative processes to increase efficiency and reduce construction costs.

Additionally, and more importantly to residents, it increases Richardson’s chances of improving its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which in turn, could lower insurance rates for homeowners and commercial property owners in the city. Currently, Richardson holds a Class 3 rating.

“We are currently working with ISO representatives to complete the required questionnaire/survey and supporting documentation as part of our ISO review,” said Richardson Assistant City Manager Don Magner. “We are scheduled to meet with ISO in early May to review and finalize this information, and to fully implement the 2012 I-Codes. This will enable all design professionals and developers the opportunity to achieve consistency, which will simplify education and compliance, and create greater ease of use for all parties involved.”

I-Codes are a set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety, property maintenance and fire prevention codes that have been adopted in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applying the latest versions of I-Codes helps to make people safer and reduces costs by using consistent, coordinated building regulations that allow new products and innovative technologies, as well as sustainable design and construction.

Many states and cities across the U.S. are safeguarding homes, schools, buildings and recreational facilities within their communities by implementing the 2012 I-Codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC), which was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive national construction codes. Every three years, the ICC creates new sets of codes for municipalities to utilize. Richardson currently operates under the 2006 edition of the I-Codes and the 2005 version of the NEC.

According to Magner, operating under new I-Codes is expected and welcomed by builders and contractors because they ensure greater consistency, enhanced construction quality and safer building environments by incorporating updated building research and technology.

About the ICC
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations. To learn more, visit

About the City of Richardson
Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit