Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has charged the Minister for Works and Housing and all other stakeholders in the building industry, to work quickly and present a Legislative Instrument (LI), for parliamentary consideration to give legal effect to the new Ghana Building Code which has been launched.

In his keynote address at the launch of the revised Ghana Building Code (GhBC), by the Ghana Standards Authority and the Ministry of Works and Housing, at the Alisa Hotel, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said the full implementation of new Ghana Building Code will make Ghana safer which is the reason why all necessary legislation required to give it full legal effect must be in place as soon as practicable.

“With the launching of the Code and the passing of necessary legislation, we can provide relief to the people of Ghana from collapsing buildings as well as assuring the safety of private, public and industrial buildings, and I know that the legislation under the leadership of Hon. Atta Akyea, we will get the LI in Parliament very quickly so that this is given the effect that is it supposed to be given legally,” the Vice President said.

Stakeholders

Dr. Bawumia also charged the stakeholders in the building industry in Ghana to embrace the new code and abide by its provisions as they go about their work and activities.

“We cannot continue to look unconcerned when structures in the industry are put up without paying attention to the required rules and regulations.

As years go by, the building industry becomes characterized by complex constructions. It is important that necessary regulations are put in place and enforced to ensure sanity and bring about progress,” the Vice President said.

The Code

The Code is a set of rules that specify the standards  for constructed objects such as buildings and non-built structures and which regulates the design and construction of these structures and spaces. It focuses on public health, safety and welfare of the users. A twenty-two (22) member Ghana Building Code Technical Committee, chaired by Ing. Seth Bright Attiope-Denyah of Apro-Plan Consult Limited, put the new Building Code together.

Scope of the Ghana Building Code

The 1,800-paged new Ghana Building Code has four thematic areas of application. They are; New Buildings, Extensions and Renovations to Existing Buildings, Accessibility Improvement to Existing Buildings and Recurrent Fire Structural Safety of Existing Buildings.