Thursday, January 7, 2016

Important Code Updates You NEED to Know!

by Chuck Osterday

It's a new year, and that means time for all those talked about code changes to become official. NTA stays on top of all the latest code changes nationwide to help your projects run as smoothly as possible.  If you have any questions about these or other code updates, feel free to contact us!

Commercial Energy Code: The ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 shall be implemented and enforced for commercial buildings (Effective: January 1, 2016)

Residential Energy Code: The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code/Chapter 11 of 2015 International Residential Code (Effective: October 1, 2016)

Residential One & Two Family Code:
2015 International Residential Code with amendments (Effective: October 1, 2016)

Listed below are the code editions in effect as of January 1, 2016: 

International Building Code 2012 Edition 
International Residential Code 2012 Edition 
International Plumbing Code 2012 Edition 
International Mechanical Code 2012 Edition 
International Fuel Gas Code 2012 Edition 
International Energy Conservation Code 2009 Edition 
International Fire Code 2012 Edition 
National Electrical Code 2014 Edition

The DCA Board specifically omitted the plumbing, electrical, and energy requirements of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Therefore, the plumbing requirements of the International Plumbing Code, the electrical requirements of the National Electrical Code, and the energy requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code must be used for one- and two-family dwelling construction.

The Georgia Amendments are available here:

Louisiana State Plumbing Code (Effective January 1, 2016)
2012 International Building Code, Chapter 29 – Plumbing Systems
2012 International Residential Code, Part VII – Plumbing; and
2012 International Plumbing Code

2015 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (Effective January 1, 2016)
2014 National Electrical Code (Effective January 1, 2016)

2012 Michigan Residential Code (Effective February 8, 2016)

The following codes with amendments will be mandatory on January 23, 2016:

2012 IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code – Chapter 4714 will replace Chapter 4715 as the Minnesota Plumbing Code

New Jersey
The following codes with amendments will be mandatory on March 21, 2016 and Manufacturers must have their compliance assurance documents updated to comply with the new code provisions.

2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2014 National Electrical Code

The following codes with amendments has been adopted as of January 4, 2016, and will mandatory as of July 4, 2016:

2015 edition of PHCC National Plumbing Code

List of codes to be adopted including proposed amendments are available at:

Electrical Code for Residential 1-2 & 3 Family Dwellings (Effective January 1, 2016)
2014 National Electrical Code

In addition,

At its meeting on December 4, 2015, the Board of Building Standards adopted amendments to the Ohio Building Code, Ohio Plumbing Code, Ohio Mechanical Code, and the Residential Code of Ohio effective January 1, 2016.
The final adopted rules with detailed summaries can be found at the following links:

Ohio Building Code Rules:

Ohio Plumbing Code Rules:

Ohio Mechanical Code Rules:

Residential Code of Ohio Rules:

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