Pennsylvania RAC Begins 2012 IECC Update Process

The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) has begun the process to review the 2012 ICC Codes, including the 2012 IECC, for potential adoption. The timeline for the code update process and the schedule for the three public hearings have been posted online. The first will be held September 15 in Harrisburg.

In April 2011, the state legislature passed legislation (HB 377) significantly altering the process to update the state’s construction codes (the 2009 I-Codes series, including the 2009 IECC, became effective December 31, 2009). Among the changes:

  • A 2/3 majority of the RAC is now required to approve code change proposals to adopt provisions from the next ICC code series;
  • The RAC would be required to submit a report on any proposed changes within 12 months of the official publication of ICC’s triennial code updates; and
  • HB 377 also repealed the residential sprinkler provisions of the 2009 IRC and reverted to the 2006 wall bracing requirements.

Interested parties may submit recommendations that the Council NOT adopt code changes from the 2012 ICC codes by the December 31 deadline. Following public hearings in the fall, the Council will meet in January to debate all noncontroversial code changes. The Council will schedule meetings for early 2012 to consider and vote on controversial changes individually based on the overall number of controversial code changes. Those meetings will be organized by code. These proposed changes must receive 2/3 approval from the Council to be included in its final report recommending changes for adoption. This report must be submitted to the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) by July 31, 2012.

More Information: Hearing Schedule | Process Timeline | RAC | UCC | HB 377 | PA Code News Archive

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What types of changes did the

jonathan's picture

What types of changes did the state legislature pass that significantly alter the process to update the state’s construction codes? Will there be construction codes affected by this? If someone needs to change the construction code on what type of furnace filter is allowed in a specific furnace, what will the new process be?

jonathan - January 4, 2012 - 4:01pm

Hi Jonathan, The most

Paul Karrer's picture

Hi Jonathan,

The most important changes are listed in the post, as well as below. I would say that the move from automatically updating the most recent ICC version by Dec. 31 of its publication year as well as requiring a 2/3 majority of the code development body to approve code changes (instead of a simple majority) are the most significant hindrances to updating the PA code.

A 2/3 majority of the RAC is now required to approve code change proposals to adopt provisions from the next ICC code series;
The RAC would be required to submit a report on any proposed changes within 12 months of the official publication of ICC’s triennial code updates; and
HB 377 also repealed the residential sprinkler provisions of the 2009 IRC and reverted to the 2006 wall bracing requirements.

Paul Karrer - January 4, 2012 - 4:17pm

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