City of Ithaca News

Posted on: May 8, 2017

Mayor Myrick Proclaims the Month of May as "Building Safety Month in the City of Ithaca"

Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety


To help raise awareness of building safety, the City of Ithaca Building Division proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May.  Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. 

“When our building safety and fire prevention staff inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said City of Ithaca Director of Code Enforcement Michael Niechwiadowicz.  “We work closely with architects, engineers, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide for legally required public safety.”

Each year, presidential, gubernatorial and municipal proclamations are approved to bring attention to Building Safety Month.  Svante L. Myrick, Mayor of the City if Ithaca, has proclaimed the month of May 2017 as “Building Safety Month in the City of Ithaca”. This year’s theme for Building Safety Month is “Code Officials — Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.”

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely.  Because safe and resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters. 

Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses.  The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, accessibility and energy efficiency. 

Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, King of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely.  The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s.  In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

The International Code Council, a U.S.-based membership association, created Building Safety Month as a public service to promote safety in the built environment. Code Council members develop the family of International Codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities use the Council’s codes.

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