3 Good Reasons to Corner your Code Official

Filed in Codes and Standards by on August 6, 2015 5 Comments

confused personWhat will the next edition of the model building codes look like?

We’ll begin to find out next month: Public hearings begin Sept. 27 in Long Beach, Calif., as part of the the 2015 ICC Annual Conference.

Some of the proposals submitted are a little, shall we say, wacky.

  • A requirement that a fire inspector be onsite at all times — as in 24/7 — when a wood-framed building is under construction. The cost for this special inspector would be borne by the builder. The proposal didn’t gain any traction in the preliminary hearings but there’s no stopping anyone from bringing it up again.
  • Limiting flexible ducts to only 5 ft. and requiring water service piping to be at least an inch in diameter.
  • A requirement that builders arrange for additional inspections for firestops, fire-resistant joint systems and perimeter fire-barrier systems.

To help you convince your local code officials to register to vote — and then to do so, either in person or online, NAHB has prepared your choice of flyers to download and bring over to city hall. Here’s the first one, and here’s the other.

NAHB members are also invited to attend the hearings in Long Beach, but the most important thing a member can do between now and then is to encourage local code officials to register to vote, so even if they can’t go, they can vote online after the meetings are over.

We need to make sure code officials vote for proposals that are cost effective and do the best job of balancing safety, energy efficiency and affordability.

Contact Neil Burning at 800-362-5242 x8564 for additional information, or check out the Code Official Toolkit.


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  1. Jon Sukonik says:

    It is REALLY up to us in the building industry to speak to our local municipalities and get them to understand the need to have them registered with ICC and get their maximum allotment of voting officials on the register. We need to follow up NOW and make sure all applicable members know NAHB positions on critical change requests. We cannot afford (yes pun intended) to sit back an allow the special interest groups and big business to dictate to us that we must use their products. The codes are a health, safety and welfare based document that is now becoming a product driven document. Stand up and speak. This affects your business and livelihood.

  2. Sjs says:

    Granted those are three fairly rediculous items that certainly would be costly, that’s the best you could come up with? We are on the verge w energy code overboard to eliminate affordable housing for hundreds of thousands yet you’re worried about the size of an incoming waterline?

    That being said we certainly need to look out for the over zealous and seriously illigitamate fire Marshall voting to enshrine the “sprinkler everything” fallacy.

  3. Armando says:

    I guess the green building courses we teach at NAHB are just for show, eh? We should practice what we teach, and lead by example.
    Properly sized HVAC equipment and ducts, all in the conditioned space, will reduce tonnage by half, and with an all metal duct, reducing friction, builders can SAVE big time. How anyone doesn’t get it is beyond my understanding. One should NEVER install flex ducts! EVER!

    • NAHB Now says:

      Flexible ducts aren’t the best application for every use, but you know that builders need to have that option, Armando. Think about attics, where you need to go around joists and trusses. They’re also pre-insulated and don’t leak.

  4. Armando says:

    With attics (conditioned and unconditioned) and floor trusses, one needs to design them in a way to have dedicated chases for the main trunk and branch off to the supply vents. If it is planned out, you reduce duct length and maximize efficiency, thus reducing the size of the equipment. It’s all in the design!

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