AIA Codes Task Force: Findings and recommendations

The AIA has long demanded a single set of comprehensive, coordinated, and contemporary codes and standards

In 1999, the AIA Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the recommendations of its Codes Task Force to develop and implement a series of changes that would place the AIA at the forefront of the code development and adoption process. More than 15 years later, many of these proposals for change have become reality. However, to realize the full vision of the Task Force and the Board, AIA members and components must remain committed to the principles expressed in this report.

The Codes Task Force’s recommendations lay the foundation for the AIA to continue its leadership role on the issue of regulatory reform and model code development in the future.

The Task Force identified six key issues then that remain critical today:

1) Health and safety must be appropriately addressed.

2) The code development process must be rational and inclusive.

3) An eventual goal, wherever practicable, is the development and implementation of a performance-based code.

4) A single set of comprehensive, coordinated, and contemporary model codes must be established for the nation.

5) The code must be developed without favoritism or bias.

6) The code must be cost-effective.

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