Dallas County


Summary of Building Code Findings in Dallas

The following is an executive summary of findings from an analysis conducted of the residential building code in effect for your community as it compares to model codes and beyond-code disaster resilient building practices.

Residential Building Code for City of Dallas
2012 International Residential Code with amendments

Residential Building Code for Dallas County
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Residential Building Code Opportunities

  • Require all roof coverings and individual replacement shingles or shakes be minimum Class A for additional protection against wildfire

  • Incorporate freeboard 12” or greater above Base Flood Elevation for additional flood protection

  • Recommend impact-resistant roof coverings with a rating of Class 3 or 4 when tested in accordance with UL 2218 or FM 4473, to provide increased resistance to hail and debris resulting from thunderstorm winds

  • Increase wind design speed value to ASCE 7-05 wind speed value 20 mph, increase roof deck thickness and add requirement for sealed roof deck for additional protection against hurricane winds, wind-borne debris, and hail

  • Require a building official to issue a Certificate of Occupancy before a home is occupied or a change of use in the existing occupancy is made

Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BSEGS) Rating for City of Dallas: 4

Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BSEGS) Rating for Dallas County: 99

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from weather risks such as flash floods, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfire. Safe, strong and sustainable homes that are more resilient against damage from natural disasters also support a more stable local economy, fewer taxpayer burdens, and reduced demand for emergency services.

Local elected leaders committed to protecting the public have a central role in improving the level of safety for homes built in their communities. Strong building codes and effective enforcement of those are the foundation for disaster-resilient communities.



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