Governor Signs Building Code Legislation into Law
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour recently signed HB1406 and HB1440
into law, paving the way for the establishment of mandatory minimum
building codes in Mississippi.
Solutia Inc. and other founding members of the Coalition to Build
a Safer and Stronger Mississippi attended the signing ceremony and
in a press release about the event issued by Solutia, urged other
industry members to participate in building code training sessions
throughout the state.
"It is tremendously reassuring that Mississippi has recognized
the need to provide its residents and their property with a minimum
level of protection against hurricanes and floods," says Nanette
Lockwood, legislative affairs manager at Solutia Inc. "The
steps that the legislature and governor have taken put the state
on the path toward establishing minimum building codes which, if
adopted by more cities and counties throughout the state, would
provide for durability and protection against structural fire, tornados
While the Solutia press release states that neither bill fully
establishes a statewide minimum building code, both make significant
advancements toward the goal of protecting people and property throughout
Mississippi. HB1406 sets up the Mississippi State Building Code
and forms the Building Code Council. Five counties, including all
counties in the wind-borne debris region (except George), are subject
to mandatory enforcement of the wind and flood provisions of the
2003 International Building and Residential Codes within 30 days.
These counties may opt out within the first 60 days, but that is
not anticipated. Other jurisdictions may enforce these codes as
well, but enforcement elsewhere is not mandatory. HB1440 requires
any state-owned facilities, including schools, built after July
1, 2006 to comply with the International Building Code.
"This is a fantastic first step for Mississippi," notes
Lockwood. "However, it is only the beginning. While talking
with legislators this session, it became clear that building regulation
is not something Mississippi welcomes. Implementing building codes
is not easy. We are urging industry members to get involved as soon
as possible by providing training for builders, architects and building
departments to help them learn how to correctly specify and inspect
to contact Nanette Lockwood for more information on the Coalition's
efforts to continue to move Mississippi toward statewide minimum
mandatory building codes.