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SBCC seeks comment on Group 2 code proposals   -

SBCC is seeking public comment on proposed updates to Group 2 state building codes through Oct. 14, 2022.

SBCC is working to update Group 2 codes:

  • Washington State Energy Code-Residential
  • International Building Code (Structural Provisions)
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • Uniform Plumbing Code
  • Washington State Wildland Urban Interface Code

More about all code update proposals can be found here

How to comment

All written testimony must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 2022.

What’s next

  • The council will discuss and evaluate public comments at an Oct. 21 work session.
  • The council will vote on code proposals Nov. 4, and possibly on Nov. 18 (as needed).
  • Any adopted changes will go into effect July 1, 2023.

Background

The SBCC uses rulemaking to update codes every three years following the national code adoption cycle. This update is based on national model codes adopted in 2021 as well as state Legislative energy policy guidance. As codes are updated, they are broken into two groups:

  • Updates to Group 1 codes have been adopted. Group 1 includes the International Building Code, International Fire Code, and the Washington State Energy Code Commercial.
  • Updates to all Group 2 codes are those under consideration.

Proposed energy code updates align with two state laws that call for progressive action to reduce emissions between 2006 and 2031, RCW 19.27A.160 and RCW 19.27A.020.

Once new codes are in effect, implementation occurs on the local level -- the council adopts statewide building codes, and Washington’s 39 counties and 281 incorporated cities and towns enforce them.

More information

09/06/2022
September and October 2022 - Public Testimony Sign-Up Sheet -

Public Testimony Sign Up Sheet

Please access the public hearings in-person, or via Zoom or Conference call.   

For oral testimonies, please download, fill out the sign-up sheet, and email it to SBCC@des.wa.gov 

All written public testimony to Group 2 codes must be submitted by October 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

08/26/2022
Public Hearings for Group 2 Code Change Proposals -

Please access the meetings in-person, or via Zoom or Conference call.  The Zoom link and phone number will be posted here as soon as available. 

For oral testimonies, please download, fill out the sign-up sheet, and email it to SBCC@des.wa.gov 

Public Testimony Sign Up Sheet

Public Testimony Guidelines 2022

All written public testimony to Group 2 codes must be submitted by October 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

  • September 29, 2022. 10:00 a.m.

          Washington State Energy Code-Residential

          Location: 129 N 2nd St; Yakima, WA 98901

         More information 

 

  • September 30, 2022. 10:00 a.m.

          International Building Code (Structural Provisions)

          International Existing Building Code

          International Residential Code

          International Mechanical Code

          International Fuel Gas Code

          Uniform Plumbing Code

          Washington State Wildland Urban Interface Code

          Location: 129 N 2nd St; Yakima, WA 98901

          More information

 

  • October 14, 2022. 10:00 a.m. 

          Washington State Energy Code-Residential        

          International Building Code (Structural Provisions)

          International Existing Building Code

          International Residential Code

          International Mechanical Code

          International Fuel Gas Code

          Uniform Plumbing Code

          Washington State Wildland Urban Interface Code

          Location: Room 1213, 1500 Jefferson St SE; Olympia, WA 98504

          More information

 

 

08/26/2022
May is Building Safety Month -

For more than four decades, the International Code Council, its members, and a diverse group of professionals for the building construction, design and safety communities have come together to celebrate Building Safety Month.

Building Safety Month provides education for the public about solutions that improve the safety, sustainability, affordability, and resiliency of buildings, infrastructure and communities. Contemporary planning, building materials, design and construction can make our communities more resilient in the aftermath of disasters, fires and other events. 

Building Safety Month unites industries, associations, academia and government under a common goal to protect the public by creating a safe and resilient built environment.

04/21/2022
WUI TAG Members Wanted -

The State Building Code Council is looking for interested parties that would like to serve on the States Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Technical Advisory Group (TAG). 

If Interested, Click here for more details and the open positions. 

03/21/2022
New Sign Up Sheet For Public Testimony -

Public Testimony Sign Up Sheet

Please download, fill out the sign up sheet, and email it to SBCC@des.wa.gov

02/04/2022
Public Hearings for Group 1 Code Change Proposals -

The Group 1 code change proposals public hearing dates.

  • February 11th 2022. 10:00 a.m.  IBC and IFC 
  • February 25th, 2022. 10:00 a.m.  WSEC-C
  • March 11th, 2022. 10:00 a.m.  IBC, IFC and WSEC-C

All written public testimony to the Group 1 codes, must be submitted by March 11, 2022 5:00 p.m. 

01/24/2022
Estimated Submission Period for Proposed State Amendments for Group 2 -

Estimated submission period for proposed state wide amendments for the Group 2 Code Cycle will be between the dates of February 21 - April 8, 2022.

  • Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WUIC, WSEC-R) The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023. 

 

01/21/2022
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code Maps -

The Department of Natural Resources has finalized the development of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code maps. The links to these maps are located here on our website. 

05/27/2021
2021 Group 1 Code Proposal Deadline June 1, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. -

The State Building Code Council has begun the new adoption and review process for the 2021 code editions. The deadline for code change proposals for the Group 1 Codes (IBC, IFC, WUIC, WSEC-C) is June 1, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. The process for the Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WSEC-R) will begin in the fall of 2021. The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023. 

Click here for the 2021 Code Review and Adoption Schedule

All proposed statewide amendments need to be submitted in writing, on the provided forms here.

For the TAG Reports, please click here.

 

03/25/2021
RCW 19.27.700 thru 19.27.740 relating to inspection and testing of fire and smoke control systems and dampers and penalties will be taking effect on July 1, 2021. -

House Bill 2701 relating to inspection and testing of fire and smoke control systems and dampers, and penalties, will go into effect July 1, 2021.  Local authorities, as defined, are the enforcement authorities identified in the statute to enforce the requirements.

RCW's cited in HB 2701 19.27.700, 19.27.710, 19.27.720, 19.27.730, and 19.27.740

03/08/2021
2018 Code Effective Date extension repealed- Effective Date is February 1, 2021 -

The Governor repealed the 2018 Code Effective Date extension of July 1, 2021. 

01/19/2021
Richard Brown, Managing Director retiring January 31, 2021 -

Richard Brown, Managing Director of the State Building Code Council, is set to retire on January 31, 2021, after 21 years of working in state government.

A Washington native, Richard started in state service in 1999 as an architect at Washington State Parks and Recreation. He left State Parks as a capital program manager in 2017 to join the State Building Code Council (SBCC), a state agency created by the legislature to provide independent analysis and objective advice to the legislature and the Governor's Office on state building code issues. Richard oversaw the integration of the SBCC into DES’s Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management in 2018.

While at SBCC, Richard increased funding by working with DES’ Government Relations Manager Ann Larson to pass a permit fee increase for the first time since 1989. He was then able to grow the staff from two to five and update an antiquated website to help customers. He and his staff also updated 13 building codes and completed 12 significant modifications to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

His crowning achievement was improving transparency with the building code rulemaking process. He will miss working with the incredible staff, council members and volunteers at SBCC.

Prior to the state, Richard worked in the private sector as an architect and planner. He taught architecture and planning at North Dakota State, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and The University of Washington.

Richard plans to enjoy his retirement by his volunteering, working on his 107-year-old house in Tacoma and spending a lot more time on the Puget Sound.

12/16/2020