Building Codes Vote Coming Soon and NAHB Members Can Help

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The International Codes Council will hold its public comment hearings in Las Vegas Oct. 23-30. The hearings will determine which building code proposals will be modified for the final online vote in November. Included in this code cycle is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the all-important International Residential Code (IRC). The online vote is the final step in the process which will determine which code changes will be included in the 2021 edition of the I-Codes – including the IRC and the IECC. NAHB began an initiative last year called One & Done to encourage members to become more involved in the code development process. We ask volunteers – now numbering more than 400 – to contact just one voting code official and share with them NAHB’s view on high-priority code changes. NAHB provides materials for One & Done volunteers to share with code officials and a list of officials in your area. It is as simple as providing your local code official with our top priority items and asking them to consider NAHB’s positions when they vote. The materials for this cycle will be going out in early October. There is still time to sign up at Last year, NAHB saw favorable votes on 87% of the codes proposals, including 92.5% of high-priority proposals, after the launch of One & Done. And while NAHB has been successful this year in keeping some very unfavorable code changes off of the public comment agenda, there are still some that no home builder wants to see voted in, including:
  • An IRC change that would increase the minimums for stair rise/run from 7 ¾”/10” to 7”/11”. It may seem like a small change, but it would dramatically alter floorplans, with a 9’ ceiling requiring two additional steps and an additional 3’ of stair run. [caption id="attachment_16305" align="alignright" width="300"] An actual photo from the proposal to change the IRC to mandate bath grab bars.[/caption]
  • An IECC change that would require all new single-family homes with parking areas to be electric vehicle charging station-ready with a dedicated 220 volt, 40 amp circuit.
  • A change to the IRC that will require specific grab bars in all new bath tubs and showers.
Sign up today for One & Done and help keep housing affordable, practical and safe. For additional information, contact Craig Drumheller.

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