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on encouraging homeowners and occupiers to improve

their houses to a minimum standard of safety and

integrity.

Technical

advice

has

been

offered

structural to such

persons who new home or

may be applying for renovate an existing

permission one.

to

construct

a

It is generally accepted that the cost of upgrading a house to a minimum acceptable standard in most cases may be very small, when compared with the cost of reconstructing the building that has been damaged by the hurricane, flood or earthquake.

Governments have also placed high priority on training of staff of the Building Inspectorate. This is necessary to ensure that the minimum standards stated in the OECS Building Code and Guidelines are maintained. The Building Inspectors are expected to ensure compliance with the minimum standards and also to assist homeowners where possible in understanding the requirements of the Building Code and Guidelines.

The Building Code is not expected to provide all the answers for the problems faced by builders. However, it is considered that the OECS Building Codes and Guidelines are responsive to the environmental concerns of the countries in accordance with the accepted building practices in the region.

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