I'm sure all here have read about the recent Mexico City quake, I just read the article below on Zero Hedge (a hedge traders' site) and read some interesting comments below the article, including this one:
He's probably right, 80% of the codes is now political garbage like disability, Green, and energy saving, looks like the public is starting to wake up, codes are necessary, honest enforcement is necessary, but too much garbage in the codes is counter-productive.Zero Hedge said:What stops corners being cut are 4 things.
..and all of them not being greedy.
What is now happening in the western world is the same as already exists in the Third World, which is none of the above. And I can assure you from first hand experience that a plethora of regulations not only does not ensure safety, but increasingly leads to more dangerous behaviour.
If everything was cut out from the building code which did not significantly affect safety (about 80% of it, these days), then safe houses could be built economically.¹