Thursday, April 14, 2016

Upcoming Changes to Building Codes That You Need to Know!

Building codes are always evolving, always being expanded, updated or edited based on new research and trends. Below is a list of upcoming important code changes. If you have any questions regarding these or other building codes, feel free to contact NTA.

Alaska
2014 National Electrical Code (Effective: March 6, 2016)

Alabama
Adopted Residential Code (Pending)
2015 International Residential Code with Amendments (Effective: October 1, 2016)
2015 International Energy Conservation Code / Chapter 11 of 2015 IRC (Effective: October 1, 2016)

Colorado
2015 International Energy Conservation Code (Effective: March 16, 2016 with Mandatory Implementation June 16, 2016; however, using the local energy code exemption still applies)

Delaware
2014 National Electrical Code (Effective: March 1, 2016)

Maryland
The following NFPA codes were effective January 1, 2016
2015 NFPA 1 Fire Code
2015 NFPA 101
2014 NEC

New Jersey
The following codes with amendments were mandatory on March 15, 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

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

New Jersey has adopted the 2015 edition of the PHCC National Standard Plumbing Code with Amendments effective January 4, 2016 with a 180 day grace period. Manufacturers must have their compliance assurance documents updated to comply with the new code provisions by the mandatory enforcement date of July 4, 2016.

Amendments are available at:
New York
The following Codes have been adopted:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2013 ASHRE 90.1, 2016 Energy Code Update (Commercial)
2014 National Electrical Code

There will be a transition period for the newly adopted Uniform Codes from April 6, 2016 to October 3, 2016. The newly adopted Energy Code will be effective October 3, 2016 with no transition period.

North Carolina
2014 National Electrical Code with Amendments (Effective: April 1, 2016)

South Carolina
The following I-Codes with Amendments have a proposed effective date of July 1, 2016
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Plumbing Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code

Utah
The following codes will be effective July 1, 2016:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code (Arc-Fault Based on 2005 NEC)
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2014 National Electrical Code
Note: Newer editions of the Building Codes will be reviewed on a 3 Year Cycle with the Residential Code on a 6 Year Cycle

Washington State
The following codes with Amendments will be effective July 1, 2016:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fire Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code

West Virginia
The following Codes will be effective July 1, 2016:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code (Chapter 11 Deleted)
2015 International Plumbing Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential)
2007 ANSI/ASHRE Standard 90.1 (Commercial)
2014 National Electrical Code

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