Same Code Different Interpretations

The building code is enforced by individual code officials, all of whom have varying levels of knowledge, experience, and comfort with new ideas. The exact same building code can receive quite radically different treatment depending on the personality of the official involved.

We have all received both good and bad service from public officials in our lives, and working with a building inspector is open to the same range of service. Depending on where you live and your local inspector's level of interest in alternative building practices, you may be dealing with somebody who has never heard of bale construction before or with somebody with a high degree of awareness and interest. Chances are, though, your path to getting a straw bale building permit will likely involve some educating of your building inspector.

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