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Building codes committee makes proposal to council

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

A mayor-appointed committee of a Richmond contractor, engineer and building tradesmen presented its recommendations May 14 on how the city might update its building codes.

The presentation took place at a city council work session.

Committee chairman and contractor John Dorton told the council the group met 11 times to analyze the city’s current code – now utilizing the 2000 International Building Code – and on adopting certain aspects of the 2012 International Building Code, the most current one.

Dorton said the goal was to have codes that outline safe home and commercial construction, but also allow for affordable construction.

“Do you think we can build starter houses with these new codes?” Councilman Dave Powell asked Dorton.

“I think we can. Energy codes add so much money. We need to build it cheaper here in Richmond for them to come here. I want it to be reasonable and safe, and want Richmond to grow,” Dorton replied.

With the added cost – approximately $50,000 to $60,000 per new home – energy conservation codes were removed all together from the proposed code.

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