Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Codes Updates from around the United States

These are some of the latest codes updates being reported by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP).


The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) 2009 IECC Task Force began meeting on November 16. The task force will review the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 with a potential adoption expected in the spring of 2010.


On June 25, the Montana Building Code Council voted to adopt the 2009 IECC with amendments. A public hearing on the new energy code, during which comments may be submitted, is scheduled for Monday, November 30.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire State Building Code Review Board has scheduled the completion of its work leftover from its November 13 meeting for an all-day meeting on Friday, December 11 to finish the adoption of potential amendments to the new state code to be based on the 2009 IECC


A number of upcoming meetings of the Ohio energy code development community are scheduled for December:

Friday. December 4: The Codes Committee of the Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) will meet, but will not be reviewing a residential code proposal until January at the earliest.

Tuesday. December 8: Deadline for public comments on the Ohio Residential Codes Advisory Committee (RCAC) proposal to update the Residential Code of Ohio for One-, Two-, and Three-Family Dwellings (RCO), which is based on the 2009 IECC with several weakening amendments.
Wednesday. December 9: The RCAC will meet to debate and hear testimony on the RCO proposal.

Friday. December 11: The full BBS conference committee will meet (this is not a public hearing).


As required by the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act of 1999 (and its amendments), the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is required to update the state’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) by December 31 of the year of the issuance of the new ICC family of codes (I-codes).


In July, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development voted in favor of adopting a recommendation to update the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) to reference the 2009 IECC (it currently references the 2006 IECC). A comment period on the proposed USBC will be open from September 28, 2009 to January 25, 2010. The Board will review the comments received at its meeting in March 2010, with final adoption tentatively planned for late summer 2010.

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NFRC Exhibits at 15th Annual Win-Door Show, Canada Codes Work Nears End

NFRC hosted an exhibit booth at the 15th annual Win-Door North America Show, which was held November 17-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The show featured several educational sessions to update attendees on code developments. One session pointed out that the Canada national building code for 2010 is drawing toward a conclusion. The 2010 code, however, must be adopted by Canada’s various provinces and will therefore likely go into effect during 2011.

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