Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classification in the Highest Rating Category
The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) evaluated the City of Dallas Building Department. The ISO is an independent statistical, rating and advisory organization that serves the property/casualty insurance industries. Their evaluations grade a building departments’ effectiveness as to building construction regulation. With an evaluation period every five years, the City has an opportunity to continually improve its score, which is shown on a range from 1 to 10 with 1 being exemplary.
The first ever ISO rating evaluation for the City of Dallas Building Department was in 2008. At that time the resulting Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classification was a “3” for one and two family residential property and “4” for commercial and industrial property. Prior to the 2008 evaluation the City of Dallas was lumped into Polk County’s evaluation and ISO rating.
The City of Dallas Building Department rating for the 2012 evaluation is a “3” for one & two family residential property and a “3” for commercial and industrial property, a rating considered to be in the highest rating category.
This advisory material is relayed to insurance companies that subscribe to the ISO rating information. The lower the rating range, the lower the insurance costs can be for residents and business owners with participating insurance companies. According to the ISO, a listing of subscribing insurers is proprietary, therefore residents and business owners should contact their insurance carrier directly to see if they subscribe and if they provide any type of discount based on that rating.