Breaking the Codes: How State and Local Governments are Reforming Building Codes to Encourage Rehabilitation of Existing Structures

January 2006

Over the last decade, a quiet revolution has been taking place in the way that state and local governments across the country regulate commercial and residential construction. A new flexibility in the application of building codes is making possible the rehabilitation of structures that would otherwise have remained neglected or abandoned. The new wave of “rehab codes” is playing a significant role in the redevelopment of core urban areas–a process that is a vital counterbalance to unchecked suburban sprawl.

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