Construction codes are a important factor in our world.
Their supporters say that they “bring safety to the average guys life” and in a way it might be.
As a libertarian i am always a bit sceptic when “politicians and regulators in big government” tell me that restrictions are needed for my own good and safety.
“Institutional Nannying” whenever it is implemented has its good side (which is vastly promoted by the Nanny driven by self interest ) - but like many things in life it has also a dark side that many people are not aware of.
The dark side of construction codes is that “new and better things” become excluded as non code conform by default.
• uniformity in construction
• grinding halt in innovation
• monopolization of construction industry
• big government getting bigger and more restrictive by the minute
• political interference and snake nests in construction projects
There is a intrinsic and intense need for code free spaces to put innovation and progress on fast-track and this is where seasteading comes in.
I will expain this principle in a real world example.
This dome is the last standing building in a tornado event .
All other buildings around it are gone.
Those other buildings where “code conform”
The dome is NOT code conform - this lowers its sales value on the real estate market.
The final effect of the “code” is: more unsafe but code conform buildings will be built in Tornado alley - while safe dome building will stay supressed by the code ambient.
Construction codes are like “big government” there comes a point where they become unefficient in doing what they are supposed to do (create safety in construction) and become political motivated nonsense.
So non coded ambients (like seasteads) far from being something “unsafe” can be safer, togher and more innovative… exactly BECAUSE you have free choice of building material and building technology - and that increases the safety margins.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” ― Roy T. Bennett