Building Code Voting Extended through Nov. 27

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Construction Industry by on November 8, 2016 0 Comments

telephone Update: The online voting deadline has been extended through Nov. 27, and the ICC now has more detailed instructions for voters.

Ask any home builder: The International Residential Code (IRC) and the energy codes don’t always make sense. Sometimes, the way you are supposed to do it is not necessarily the most efficient way to do it, or the most cost-effective.

There are ways to fix that: Propose better code change amendments that aren’t so limiting that only one product or method will ensure compliance. City and county building officials – the people who vote on these changes beginning today, when the International Code Council (ICC) opens online voting for the IRC, International Energy Conservation Code and the other codes that govern home construction – usually agree.

And that’s why for more than a year, NAHB has been conducting a very important campaign to ensure everyone eligible to cast a ballot is ready to vote for common-sense code changes. Makes sense, right?

Maybe not:  For a whole lot of builders, the idea of trying to wend your way through the bureaucracy of government to talk to an official you may not even know is a pretty daunting process – almost as tough as trying to read a code book, now that you think about it.

But you do know your building inspector. And that inspector may be one of the people that is eligible to vote online. And with a call from you, maybe that building inspector will use the NAHB Voting Guide and this quick voting list to make sure the 2018 codes lead to better building.

Voting for these codes is expected to take place through Nov. 22. You still have time, but it’s best to act quickly.

It’s just one call; not a heavy lift. But it will be a big help to your business, your colleagues, and safe, efficient home building practices.

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