Saturday, March 12, 2011
Building Regulation Sometimes a Lifesaver
Regulations can be strict, niggling and often marginal in their importance. Regulators can sometimes be overzealous. Regulation can be expensive (a good friend of mine is pouring $20,000 and about four extra months into complying with some Roanoke regulations she sees as marginal at best), time consuming and nerve-fraying.
But in Japan this morning, a lot of people are thanking the Buddha for that country's strict building codes. The codes are credited for saving many, many lives after yesterday's powerful earthquake left us horrifying scenes of destruction. This morning's New York Times story detailing Japan's efforts at minimizing earthquake damage with its strict building codes is revealing. The codes are expensive and time consuming to comply with, but when you look at what has been salvaged in the center of such utter destruction, can there be a question about their worth?
(Image from chinasmack.com)