The Construction Industry's Tower of Babel

A move to introduce a nationwide building code is making slow progress through a tangle of local jurisdictions

If you build it, they will come. Or that's what three construction-industry organizations thought back in 1994, when they embarked on the daunting task of drafting a single building code for the entire nation. Designed to establish consistent safety standards, the initiative was aimed at easing the lot of builders and making the U.S. a more attractive market for foreign developers.

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