Volume 36, Issue 5, May 2001
Building Code Community Sees Increase in Rehabilitative Codes
The building code community is seeing an increase in rehabilitative (rehab) codes, which some say are “encouraging continued use and re-use of existing buildings”—a potential real estate boost. Others, however, say the new codes could create disincentives to undertaking rehabilitation work and should be written and undertaken with care.
According to the International Code Council (ICC), New Jersey is ahead of other states in developing rehab codes with its Code for Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings. Three criteria are defined for the new system: timeliness, predictability and reasonableness.
Maryland and Minnesota have also passed legislation mandating new rehabilitation codes. Michigan, Rhode Island, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Wichita, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas, Wilmington, Del., and Tulsa, Okla. are also considering rehab codes.
The Housing and Urban Develop-ment Dept. is also getting involved with rehab codes, by sponsoring development and publication of the Nationally Applicable Recommended Rehabilitation Provisions (NARRP).
According to the ICC, the NARRP sets forth a recommended framework for addressing all types of work in every type of building. It is designed to encourage the continued use or re-use of legally existing buildings through requirements that are said to maintain or improve public health, safety and welfare.
In addition, to develop the 2003 edition of the ANSI A117.1 standard, the ANSI A117 committee is requesting submission of public proposals from all interested parties for revisions of additions to the 1998 edition of the Standard on Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities.
According to information from the ICC, the Standard on Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities contains criteria for making buildings and other facilities accessible to persons with disabilities such as the inability to walk, difficulty walking, blindness and visual impairment, reaching, manipulation disabilities and so forth.
The public proposal and instructions can be downloaded from the ICC’s website, www.intlcode.org. Submissions must be received by September 10, 2001.
ANSI Awaits Steering Committee Comments on Z97.1 Ballot
The American National Standards Institute Inc. (ANSI) Z97.1 Safety Requirements for Architectural Glazing Standard continues to move towards adoption (see January 2001 USGlass, page 22 for related story). According to Julie Schimmelpenningh, ANSI Z97.1 committee secretary, the ballots from the group’s December 6-7, 2000 meeting, which took place in Tampa, Fla., have been received but are waiting to be reviewed for comments by the steering committee. At press time, no date had been set for that to occur.
Pending the resolution of comments, Schimmelpenningh says the document should be available on ANSI’s website—www.ansi.org—for public comment.
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