Set Our (Building) Codes Free

Here is a short 5-minute video from a Carl Malamud arguing that our public safety codes should be made free and openly available. I can’t say that I disagree with him. I’m currently studying for the Professional Engineering Exam and the recommended Reference Material that I should take into the exam with me is over 40 of these code books. Without my affiliation to the university, these would cost on average almost $100 each.

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

One response to “Set Our (Building) Codes Free”

  1. Grant says :

    I totally agree. Charging for codes is like charging for access to laws and statutes. There shouldn’t really be an economic barrier to legal information.

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