Non-compliance with building codes can have several implications:
1. Legal Consequences: Violation of building codes can result in fines, legal actions, or even imprisonment in severe cases. The specific penalties vary based on the jurisdiction and the severity of the violation.
2. Construction Delays: If a design that does not comply with codes is submitted for a building permit, it will likely be rejected, causing delays in the construction schedule.
3. Increased Project Costs: Making necessary changes to a design or construction to achieve code compliance after the fact can be costly. In addition, fines for non-compliance can add to the project budget.
4. Safety Risks: Many building codes are in place to ensure the safety of the building's occupants. Non-compliance could potentially result in unsafe conditions, leading to accidents, injuries, or even loss of life.
5. Damage to Reputation: Those who consistently fail to comply with building codes may harm their professional reputation, potentially resulting in loss of future business opportunities.
6. Liability Issues: In the event of an accident or injury resulting from code non-compliance, the building professional could be held liable, leading to potential lawsuits and financial liability.
To avoid these consequences, our team stays current with the latest building codes and to ensure we stay compliant by working closely with code consultants or utilizing specialized software to help ensure all codes are met.