Hidalgo County


Summary of Building Code Findings in McAllen

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 McAllen
2012 International Residential Code

Residential Building Code for Hidalgo County:

Residential Building Code Opportunities

  • Require freeboard of 12” or greater above the BFE, an effective measure of increasing a structure’s resistance to flooding
  • 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

Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BSEGS) Rating for City of McAllen: 3

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

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from weather risks such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, hail, 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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