TrinidadTimes says Las Animas County in southern Colorado has not updated its building codes since 2003, and county building inspector Joe Richards says updating them to 2009 standards might save homeowners and businesses on their property insurance. The Insurance Services Office rates buildings on a scale of one to ten with one being the highest. Las Animas is rated nine, and he says its due in part to poor inspection practices by a previous inspector and by the 2003 codes now enforced. The city of Trinidad updated its codes to comply with the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), but the county commissioners want to discuss the new codes with area contractors. He says manufactured and modular homes are already being built to the 2009 standard, and he has recommended the county update soon. MHProNews.com has learned since the codes are updated every three years, the county indicated it may upgrade to the 2012 codes.
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