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International Building Code – ” The Devil is in the details…. “

Letter to the Editor:
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* I can not pass along 42 years of education and experience as a Engineer and Real Estate developer to a person who is not an Architect, Engineer, Constructor or Realtor through Letters to the Editor.  Sometimes being Smart is not enough.
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* If the IBC [ International Building Code ] is made mandatory, everyone will need to hire an Architect or Professional Engineer to create the construction drawings that honor the IBC.  Our Architects and Engineers from past projects charge $10,000 – $90,000 to create a IBC compliant set of construction drawings for residential homes in the $200,000 – $2 million dollar range.  This is just one part of the UP TO 24% increase in design and construction costs focusing on the design side.
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* Every residential home that has changed hands in Custer County has had a professional building inspector scrutinize the construction for the 16 years I have been a Colorado real estate agent.  Not a single home would have turned out better if the IBC would be mandatory according to the building inspectors. These are written reports with pictures that I am sent electronically.  We have sold residential homes that are over 100 years old during the last 16 years that have stood the test of time and the building inspection.
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* I  am afraid that the voters will think that making the IBC mandatory will somehow make every Architect, Engineer and Constructor ethical, schedule conscious, budget conscious and able to successfully apply labor and materials to the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Completing the project on schedule and within the budget has nothing to do with the IBC.  Being able to accurately project the cost of construction has nothing to do with the IBC.
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While some of the local Constructors claim they already follow the IBC, many in fact do not.
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Thinking allowed…..
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Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *

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Arthur von Boennighausen
Arthur von Boennighausen is an Engineer by Trade and Education living on the 1640 acre – Sierra Mojada Ranch adjacent to the 266,000 acre Sangre de Cristo Wilderness of Colorado. It is a privelage to live on a Ranch in a low population area……

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