5. OECS Building Code and Guidelines
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destructive hurricanes. In some islands, there is also the additional hazard of earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions are also hazards in at least two (2) of the islands.
Also many houses especially those owned or occupied by the poor, are sited in gullies or in flood plains and are especially vulnerable to floods caused by high rainfall resulting from tropical depressions and hurricanes.
The Governments of the OECS recognize that the damage caused by these extreme natural events affect the poor to a significant extent. Accordingly, they have placed emphasis on the development of building standards, which will prevent or mitigate the damage caused by natural hazards.
The Governments of the OECS have received assistance from the United Nations Development Programme through
UNCHS, UNDP project for programmes in support of
OECS country is to develop new Building Code Guidelines. The OECS Building Code and Guidelines based on the Caribbean Uniform Building Code.
It is recognized that a large proportion of informal housing assets in most countries requires upgrading or improvement. There is the perception that Building Code and Guidelines may result in a higher cost of building, especially for those persons who cannot afford the cost required to construct or upgrade a house to a minimum acceptable standard. Governments have placed emphasis