I have a copy of the official USVI building code book - though it's dated 2003 - and there are no real specifics for what I'm looking for. Wondering if someone can point me to the USVI Building code (online?) for doors and windows. I'm specifically looking to see if there are code requirements for frame, glass, etc. (e.g., coastal package is or is not required under USVI building code). Or, is there someone we can call? Or, maybe someone on this board has been there/done that recently and know what the building code requires for doors & windows? Thanks!
Local Building Codes for Doors/Windows
I have read that since 1995 (Hurricane Marilyn) that the VI building codes were to comply with Dade County , Florida building codes. Is this true?
The two men who built over the last year seem to be a wealth of information. Perhaps you could contact them through the attached website. You can see their finished home on the "Bongo Bongo Blog". They list what it cost them to build on the blog. Hope this is a help.
the code now goes by the IBC, I think it is called . I think DPNR sells or can tell you where to get a copy---expensive, I believe. Then there are VI-specific upgrades and changes--and then the codes that no one pays attention to, and the code requirements that they are all of a sudden paying attention to....One example is the dual egress from every bedroom. All of a sudden they are looking at the bedroom windows--though this has been a requirement since before Hugo, it never was an issue till recently. We've just used Miami Dade standards for anything that mattered, windows, doors, etc, if only because I don't want to have issues after a storm. We plan to shutter anything that doesn't meet those standards, when I wanted something not to that code, which of course is what you have to do there too.
Beachy, thanks for that feedback. Seems like it's same as lots of places where every day - a new inspector / official representative - a new/different interpretation of requirements. We were going with Miami/Dade County standards anyway but now that we're getting close to finalizing our design/materials/etc., we're sharpening our pencils and doubling our efforts to try and meet the local building code requirements. Thanks again everyone!