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November 17, 2011

Code Changes for 2012

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Code Changes for 2012

At the November 2 meeting, the DCA (Dept of Community Affairs) voted to move to adopt the following construction changes for 2012:

•    Amendments to current state construction from the SCAC (State Codes Advisory Committee) - Tim Williams, HBAG past President, served as chair of the subcommittee. HBAG Regulatory Affairs Committee provided input on all the proposals. The only amendments approved by the SCAC Subcommittee and adopted by the DCA board involved clarifications between the IRC and the International Fuel Gas Code. HBAG was successful in defeating a proposal that would have required encasing all piping and wiring in a metal sheaf. Effective date of the amendments will be January 1, 2012.

•    2011 National Electric Code - After careful review and consideration, a task force recommended adoption of the NEC with no amendments. The SCAC and the DCA Boards approved the adoption. It will become effective January 1, 2012. Stanley Richardson, HBAG President, represented the industry on the task force.

•    Plumbing Code - The DCA Board formally adopted the changes that were put into code language by the SCAC as mandated by the Georgia Water Conservation Act (SB 370) of 2010. This law required high efficiency water conserving plumbing fixtures in new residential and commercial buildings beginning July 2012.

Copies of the amendment and changes are available on the DCA website.


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