The code is a weak attempt by the government for Social engineering, designed to level the playing field so no one family has all the wealth.
Definition-A system of accepted laws and regulations that govern procedure or behavior in particular circumstances or within a particular profession.
In other words a line has been drawn in the sand by the government stating that the builders will not drop below a minimum standard when building a project.
Example; With the code enforced we see 2 different types of building being built 1 that will lasts 150-200 years and another that will fall a part after 50 years.
You say no way well look at any commercial buildings the only difference is fire protection (sprinklers are required), verses houses.
The code is the minimum a builder must meet the minimum requirements. Look at a car it has 4 wheels 2 seats and a steering wheel, O and breaks.
The people of this world won’t put up with that for a car, but they do with their houses.
Poorly constructed foundations, weak lumber, now plastic water pipes, etcâ€¦ and with some of the high air pollution in side these houses.
Look at Europe the house over there last 200 and up to 400 years and older.
Looking back I believe the building code (minimum) is set way to low.