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State Code Adoptions Should be Favorable to Industry

Original Comment:
As more states work their way towards adopting the 2015 and 2018 versions of the I-Codes, MBI anticipates that some of the problems of the past may diminish or even go away. For the relocatable building/fleet side of our industry, the common practice of moving buildings from one jurisdiction to another always seemed to trigger code related questions. Is this a "moved structure" as previously defined in Chapter 34 of the IBC? If so, the newest version of the codes would apply. Or was this an existing building as defined in the International Existing Building Code? How various code officials answered those questions really mattered, to the extent of making or breaking a project.

MBI became active in the code development process around 2012, first tackling some of the provisions of the Green Building Code. From there, we focused on adding clarity for the relocatable buildings segment (in the form of a definition), adding language in the IEBC about relocatable buildings, and helping to eliminated Chapter 34 in the IBC altogether. The result is that starting with the 2018 edition, relocatable buildings will have their own section in Chapter 31 of the IBC with specific and detailed guidance for code officials on how to treat newly constructed as well as existing relocatable buildings.

Massachusetts to consider 2018 I-Codes – At its most recent meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Safety (BBRS) passed a motion to adopt the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) to comprise the Tenth Edition of 780 CMR. The chairman expressed some concern recognizing staff limitations, but agreed that BBRS should request copies of the I-Code Transition Documents from the ICC to begin the review process with a goal of implementing within one year.

Virginia to Adopt 2015 I Codes – Effective September 4, 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia will adopt a new edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). The USBC will incorporate by reference the 2015 International Building Code as well as the whole family of 2015 I-Codes, along with the new edition of the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations. There will be a one-year grace period for code compliance with the new edition. However, the administrative provisions of the IBSR will go into effect on September 4, 2018.

Pennsylvania to Adopt 2015 I-Codes - In accordance with 12 Pa. Code §145.41, the Department of Labor will adopt the following codes as identified in its notification dated May 1, 2018, which includes the revisions or changes, or both, as amended on June 12, 2018.

The 2015 International Building Code; 2015 International Energy Conservation Code; 2015 International Fire Code (without amendment); 2015 International Fuel Gas Code; 2015 International Mechanical Code; 2015 International Plumbing Code; 2015 International Residential Code/2014 National Electric Code. All new industrialized homes entering the first stage of production on or after April 1, 2019, must be constructed in accordance with the applicable 2015 codes including the 2014 National Electric Code.
Started on July 27, 2018 by Tom Hardiman
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