Residential codes protect the public by regulating how buildings are constructed, maintained and occupied in towns and cities. Code officials inspect building sites to ensure the construction is structurally sound and safe for continued development.
Residential codes encompass all aspects of building construction, from simple plumbing standards to complex energy conservation regulations. Skilled architects and builders alike must follow the codes from conception to completion of each building project, as code officials approve various stages of the construction process. Though residential codes are often unique to municipal areas, the International Code Council develops and publishes global construction standards. It partners with other organizations to ensure that public safety and welfare are protected internationally.