San Antonio
Bexar County


Summary of Building Code Findings in San Antonio

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 San Antonio
2015 International Residential Code with amendments

Residential Building Code for Bexar County

Residential Building Code Opportunities:

  • Consider requiring additional freeboard, 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 and debris resulting from thunderstorm winds
  • For additional protection from high-wind events, increase uplift capacity by using a hurricane strap or clip to connect the walls and roof system; increase roof sheathing thickness; tighten nailing pattern; use 8d ring shank nails; and install a sealed roof deck.

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

Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BSEGS) Rating for Bexar 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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