What exactly is an industry standard? Since industry standards can vary between various trades, blurred lines often exist. In order to gain some clarification, we reached out to another contractor within our industry to see what they had to say on the subject.
In an interview with cabinetry contractor, David Lusk, we asked him by which standards he runs his cabinetry shop. His response was “we adhere to the Woodworkers Institute of California (WIC), but we also adhere to and abide by the Uniform Building Code (UBC).” The Uniform Building Code (UBC) was written to promote public safety and provided standardized requirements for safe construction which would NOT vary from city to city as had previously been the case.
The problem David mentions during the interview is that “the UBC was written to universally govern building codes across the Western United States. This can become an issue due to the various weather trends across the western side of the United States.” For example, a home built in Southern California is not going to require the same flashing requirement that a house built in Northern California would require. Just as a home built near the ocean will not have the same standards as a house that is built inland.
In closing, industry standards can vary depending on the job and the climate in the area. When writing a scope of work, it is important to take this into consideration. The person writing the scope should be familiar with the climate of the area and the standards within their industry.
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