S’thorne rates high for building code standards | SummitDaily.com

S’thorne rates high for building code standards

Daily Staff Writer

The town of Silverthorne building department earned the second highest rating available from the Insurance Service Office, Inc (ISO) for its use and enforcement of building code standards. The ISO upgraded Silverthorne’s building code effectiveness grading classification from a 4 to a 2, placing it in the top 1.6 percent nationally for implementing building codes that effectively address local conditions. The ISO looks for building code policies that will protect the homeowner from damage to natural disasters. Silverthorne’s high alpine environment can expose buildings to heavy roof snow loads, expansive soils, wildfire and flash floods. The ISO is an independent statistical, rating and advisory organization that serves the property/casualty insurance industry. ISO collects information on a community’s building-code adoption and enforcement practices, analyzes the data, then assigns a building code effectiveness classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents the most favorable classification. The latest information from ISO shows four jurisdictions statewide with a 2 classification, while nationwide, about 1.6 percent have scored a 2 or better.

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