National building code and guidelines implemented in St Vincent

first_img Tweet 376 Views   no discussions Share Share NewsRegional National building code and guidelines implemented in St Vincent by: – October 6, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Minister of Housing Clayton Burgin. Image via: caribbeanelections.comKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — On Sunday, St Vincent and the Grenadines became the first of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries to formally implement the national building code and guidelines.The building code is the minimum acceptable standard used to regulate the design, construction and maintenance of buildings for the purpose of protecting the health, safety and general welfare of the building users.The Physical Planning Unit within the Ministry of Housing, Informal Human Settlements, Lands and Surveys will be charged with the responsibility of administering the building regulations. To signal the formal implementation of the building regulations, the Ministry of Housing held a media briefing.Minister of Housing Clayton Burgin, speaking at the media briefing, called on all citizens, especially those in the construction sector to appreciate the value and necessity of the building regulations in order to derive maximum benefits.Burgin said the building code and guidelines are designed to assist all citizens to own a sound stock of buildings, which can withstand natural and man-made disaster. The minister added that the implementation of the regulations is expected to have a positive impact on the local construction sector.Meanwhile, Physical Planning Officer Shelford Stowe pointed out that the building guidelines might be used for the design and construction of simple buildings, such as, private dwellings and small retail shops, less than 2, 500 sq. ft. in gross area and not more than 2 stories. For structures beyond 2,500 sq. ft., Stowe said that the building code, which is more technical, would be applied.Under these new building regulations, the officials from the Physical Planning Unit will conduct inspection at eight stages before, during and after construction. Additionally, plans will now have to include a plumbing as well as an electrical layout. Upon final inspection a certificate of occupancy will be issued.Burgin encouraged residents to consult the Physical Planning Unit if they are planning to construct and to seek professional advice in order to adhere to the national building regulations. In the end, he said, “you will be happier in the buildings you construct, whether for dwelling or conducting business.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img

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