Thursday, November 3, 2016

Upcoming Code Changes

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.


Alabama- Manufactured Housing Commission

Manufactured Housing Commission has adopted the following codes Effective January 1, 2017:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Fire Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2014 National Electrical Code
ANSI/ ASHRAE/ IESNA Standard 90.1 Energy Standards
2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
2015 ICC/ NSSA Standards for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters

Between July 28, 2016 and December 31, 2016 either the 2009 or 2015 I-Codes will be accepted for plan approval by the Commission.

California

2016 California Building Standards Code becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

2016 California Residential Code
2016 California Building Code
2016 California Mechanical Code
2016 California Plumbing Code
2016 California Electrical Code
2016 California Energy Code
2016 Green Building Standards

Connecticut

The 2016 Connecticut State Building Code has adopted the following national model codes, as amended in the 2016 Connecticut State Building Code, effective October 1, 2016:

2012 International Building Code
2012 International Residential Code
2012 International Existing Buildings Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Plumbing Code
2012 International Energy Conservation Code
2014 National Fire Protection Association 70 – National Electrical Code
2009 ANSI A117.1 – Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities

Florida

The following Florida Code Supplement was effective on July 1, 2016

5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code with 2016 Supplement
5th Edition (2014) Florida Mechanical Code with 2016 Supplement
5th Edition (2014) Florida Fuel Gas Code with 2016 Supplement
5th Edition (2014) Florida Energy Code with 2016 Supplement
5th Edition (2014) Florida Residential Code with 2016 Supplement

Iowa

The following codes became effective on May 18, 2016 and apply to modular and manufactured homes and commercial buildings. 
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential
2015 International Existing Building Code
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code with Amendments
2015 International Mechanical Code with Amendments

Massachusetts

The following Codes becomes effective on January 1, 2017:

2015 International Energy Conservation Code with 780 CMR 13 Massachusetts Amendments (Non-Residential)

2015 International Energy Conservation Code with 780 CMR 51 Massachusetts Amendments (Residential)

New York
The following Codes have been adopted, effective October 3, 2016:

Building Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
Residential Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
Fire Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
Plumbing Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
Mechanical Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
Fuel Gas Code of New York State, 2016 Edition
2014 National Electrical Code
2016 New York Energy Code Supplement

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 Dakota

Expected Effective Date January 1, 2017 the North Dakota State Building Code will consist of the following codes:

2015 International Building Code with Amendments
2015 International Residential Code with Amendments
International Mechanical Code with Amendments
2015 International Fuel Gas Code with Amendments
2015 International Energy Conservation Code with Amendments

-Manufacturers have 180 days to implement the new codes, starting on January 1, 2017.

-November 15th, the 2017 North Dakota State Building Code will be posted on the website.

-If a city, county, or township elects to adopt and enforce building codes, it must adopt and enforce the State Building Code. However, a jurisdiction is permitted to further amend the State Building Code to conform to local needs.
  
Texas

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code became effective on September 1, 2016 for state. Anticipated effective date of June 1, 2017 for the Texas IHB Program.

The state has indicated the TX IHB program has not adopted these codes yet.  The anticipated date of adoption of the 2015 International Codes is June 1, 2017. However they also noted there are some cities that may try to keep modular buildings out if they are not in compliance with the 2015 energy code requirements. If this is a concern, the program will accept a plan submission that indicates compliance with both the 2009 and 2015 energy codes. If you meet 2015 IECC, you should meet 2009. Manufacturers will still need to reference 2009 on the plans and include REScheck or COMcheck for both.

Please note the IHB program is not adopting the less stringent requirements for the ERI that are allowed in HB 1736 – They will be adopting the code without amending the energy rating indexes.  Any manufacturer that chooses the ERI path for demonstrating energy code compliance will have to comply with the requirements in the un-amended energy code.

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