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Homes built on a hillside near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We’re really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.
Many of those cities have adopted the International Building Codes (IBC) too. That means, if I were to move to a foreign country that has also adopted the IBC, I can be reasonably sure to get a similar quality built home as what I’m leaving behind.
It’s reasonable to assume that a modern building ...


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