Sunday, May 3, 2015

May is Building Safety Month in 2015

May is Building Safety Month

The Month of May is considered Building Safety Month not just in Ontario but also all over the world.

This is an annual event that attempts to raise the awareness for safety in new home construction and the need for people and multiplicities to follow the safety standards that have been laid out in the building codes.

As a custom home builder I hear from my clients about how the building code is affecting the design of their home because they aren't allowed to do what they want to do. What they don't realize is that the building codes are there not only to protect them it is also to protect anyone who visits their home as well. Since the average Canadian only stays in a home for an average of 7.5 years before they sell it and move to another one you are also making the home safe for the next group of people that happen to buy your home.

The building of homes to a high and safe standard is another reason why you should actively research and screen the potential builder of your new custom home. Your builder will have more to do with the safety of your new home then any building or bylaw inspector ever will.

Safety standards in Ontario for new home construction have changed and increased in the last several years and if your builder doesn't know or understand these new regulations then they will have a difficult time getting your new home passed for you to live in it. This can cost you not only time but money if things have to be added after the fact just to allow you to take ownership of the home.

Remember that safety in your new home should take priority over anything else including the style of your home.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.

1 comment:

  1. Construction workers either need to abide by all of the construction site safety regulations or find a different job. There are way too many preventable work-related injuries, many of them tragic.