Building And Code Staff Appreciation Day
Even though they’re extremely important for making sure that the buildings people occupy are safe, the people in charge of maintaining code and building standards receive little to no respect. Few people think about the importance of the job they perform, and when they do have to think about it.
Then they’re likely to be in a position where they complain about keeping up with the standards they enforce. Fortunately, someone has invented a holiday to address the oversight of these professionals not receiving the recognition they deserve.
The History Of Building And Code Staff Appreciation Day
Building codes have been around for a long time. To prove this point, let’s look at one of the first-known building codes that were ever developed. It was written on a wooden slab or a stone called a stele and was erected in the city center of Babylon.
These codes covered a wide range of construction practices including the materials used in construction, the legal size and height of structures, and how much space must exist between buildings.
These codes also established penalties for builders who forgo the regulations. And the penalties for not abiding by building codes in ancient Babylon were rough. These codes were regulated by steep fines, and in some instances, punishment by death.
Unfortunately, while we can trace building codes and the code staff that has enforced them all throughout history, we can’t trace the origins of this holiday. We don’t know who invented this holiday, or when they invented it.
We’re sure it was probably started by someone who either worked as building code staff or manned a department dedicated to enforcing building codes. We’ll continue to try to research the origins of this holiday and if we find out anything new, then we’ll update this section.
Observing Building And Code Staff Appreciation Day
This holiday can be observed simply by thanking building and code staff for what they do. This can be a “thank-you” in person, or it can be an appreciative note or a gift. People can also take the time on this holiday to learn more about building safety and the infractions that can violate the current building codes.
And if a person works as building and code staff, then this might just be the day to have a department lunch. No matter how a person celebrates this holiday, however, they should take the time to spread the word about it online using the hashtag #BuildingAndCodeStaffAppreciationDay.