Norman's Curtis McCarty, representing statewide homebuilders, has been reappointed to a four-year terms on the Oklahoma Unified Building Code Commission. The commission was established five years ago.
He is one of two reappointments to the UBCC this year. Joe McKenzie representing the mechanical trade was also reappointed. He works for Harrison-Orr Air Conditioning in Oklahoma City. The two, among others, were originally appointed by the governor to the task force.
The statewide code was mandated by law in 2009, and modifications were made the last two years revolving around education requirements and terms of office. Overall, the code makes it easier for builders building in different cities and jurisdictions, construction advocates said.
"The UBCC puts everyone on the same playing field," said McCarty, owner of C.A. McCarty Construction, and liaison for the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.
The group works with legislative, municipal and construction-industry leaders to continue to refine statewide residential and commercial building codes.
The code oversees all electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy and building codes that will be adopted by the state.
With the unified code, trades will be able to count on continuity of materials and standards -- something that could ultimately reduce time and costs for the consumer, said McCarty.
McCarty has been in the home building business for 23 years and is vice chairman of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the governmental affairs for the chairman. The OSHBA's state builder of the year in 2010, he served as Norman Planning Commissioner nine years, and is currently serving on the Board of Adjustments for the City of Norman.
Also, he chairs the Codes and Technical Committee for Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, was the 2007 president of Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, is a member of the Oklahoma State Homebuilders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. McCarty is also one of a approximately 100 builders in the state to carry the designation of Certified Professional Home Builders and is nationally certified as a Green Home Builder.