New White Paper: How Building Codes Get Written

Housing Affordability Institute released a new white paper today outlining how building codes get written. While each code has its narrow focus and scope, its provisions are meant to provide a balance of occupant health and safety, durability of the structure, and affordability, along with other provisions unique to that code’s subject matter.


  • While codes are adopted at the local level (city, county, or state), these are based on model codes, creating a base level of consistency across the country.
  • By establishing the minimum construction standard in a jurisdiction, the codes have a direct impact on housing affordability. 
  • Policymakers at the state level are examining reforms to ensure affordability and access are included in future building code adoptions.

How Building Codes Are Created is the latest white paper in Housing Affordability Institute’s Housing Policy Explainer Series.