New Building Codes Adopted

New Building Codes Adopted

On June 10, 2019, the Village of Bannockburn Village Board approved updated building codes within the Village of Bannockburn.  This amendment aligns the Village with the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection district (our enforcing fire district), which is also proposing to adopt the 2018 International Fire Code and would match the Village’s proposal to update to 2018.

Here are some reasons why updating our building code is a win. Our Building Inspector, Mark Goodman from the City of Lake Forest provided information on the benefits of updating our code.

The adoption of updated State and National Codes protect the health, safety and welfare of building occupants, protect property values and make communities more resilient and energy efficient. The initial design and construction decisions determine operational and maintenance costs for the life of the building. 

Advancing Safety

  • Updated Codes are the most efficient and effective method for creating safe environments that protect health, safety, welfare, and the economic interests of the community.
  • Communities with well-enforced, up-to-date codes generally fare better when faced with hazards according to the Insurance Services Office (ISO) National Building Code Assessment Report

Building Performance

  • Up to date Energy Codes help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from buildings that affect our health and ecosystems. Energy efficiency simply means that buildings function well with less energy. This reduces the need for fossil fuel generated power.
  • The latest technologies help decrease costs related to heating and cooling, as well as overall maintenance costs.

Latest Technologies

  • Minimizes liability of owners, design professionals and contractors by establishing design and construction standards as new materials, construction methods and technologies become available.
  • Updated Codes Respond to new findings from building science research, field experience or changes in societal or community expectations. 

Cost savings

  • Cost savings can result from using the latest technology and practices such as plastic pipe for plumbing, trusses and engineered wood products.

A copy of the local amendments adopted to these codes can be found in the PDF document here: Village of Bannockburn Building Codes – Amendments (Eff 6-11-2019)

As of June 11, 2019, all building permits submitted for review will be required to meet the new code requirements adopted by the Village of Bannockburn.

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