Our Government Affairs department is actively involved in many regulation changes and code updates that have a direct impact on the housing industry. As part of its services to the building industry, the MBA keeps members informed of important political goings-on at the federal, state and local levels.
2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and Washington State Energy Code changes go into effect July 1. Attend one of our Building Industry Association of Washington's update sessions in Everett or Bellevue to learn the significant changes from the last edition to the current edition (2012).
All jurisdictions within Washington state are required to adopt the 2012 Building Code by Monday, July 1. This process allows them the opportunity to adopt the optional Appendix S of the International Residential Code to require fire sprinkler systems in all new single-family and duplex homes. Monroe City Council has just begun the process of updating its building code and is considering the adoption of this optional fire sprinkler requirement.
Over the next three months, new construction will again play the part of “low hanging fruit” in the effort to mandate fire sprinklers in all single-family construction. Prior to July 1, 2013, all cities and counties in Washington state must update their codes to meet the 2012 building codes (Seattle’s process is slightly different). However, the option for fire sprinklers is left in the hands of city and county elected officials.