Excerpt from Building Code, Recommended by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, New York: An Ordinance Providing for Fire Limits, and Regulations Governing the Construction, Alteration, Equipment, Repair, or Removal of Buildings or Structures
Thousands of human lives and millions of dollars' worth of property have been sacrificed by the criminal folly of erecting un safe or defective buildings. So long as those in authority permit such buildings to'be erected, neither life nor property can be safe. A remedy safeguarding both may be found in this book. The vital importance of its principles should arouse municipal authorities everywhere to a realizing sense of their duty and to the grave responsibility that rests upon them to enact and enforce adequate building laws for the protection of life and property.
The Committee considers those statements as true to-day as when first presented, and believes they apply to this revised edi tion with even greater force than to the one for which they were originally written. In the period intervening between the two, the art of building construction advanced with remarkable rapidity. Materials employed and methods of use have changed radically in certain directions, making a revision of the Code a necessity. The need for occasional revision was foreseen and indicated when the Code was first written, and will of course be required from time to time to meet changing conditions.
The Committee in presenting this completely revised edition, believes it offers to the public a safe, practical, conservative build ing ordinance which represents the best engineering practice of the day.
The revised edition contains three new features. One is the use of numerous notes scattered through the text, serving either as recommendations, cautions, or explanation. The second is the intro duction of cuts illustrating details of construction, and the third is the use of frequent cross references in the text which will aid in quickly finding allied subjects. The object of these changes is to make the Code a. Guide or text-book for the use of Commissions engagedin drafting building ordinances, and is designed to cover all the essential features of construction which such a Commission would be likely to discuss. The Committee recognizes it is impracticable to draft a standard code suitable for adoption without change by cities in all parts of the country. Local conditions must necessarily govern regulations covering sanitation, morals, or other important subjects which may be deemed desirable to include in the building code of a city but which are only treated incidentally here.
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