Today the International Code Council continued to vote on proposals at the Final Action Hearings which will affect the 2009 series of Building Codes. The hearings started on Wednesday and continue through Monday. The series of votes which revolve around the installation of residential sprinklers drew the largest forum of governmental members the ICC has ever seen in its history. Here is the voting as it happens. You can view the web-cast here as well
- RB66 07/08, the committee recommended disapproval while the floor overturned the committee action and with a 2/3rds majority (1220 in favor of as amended and 469 against) This proposal will allow a reduction of a common two hour wall to a one hour wall and require residential sprinklers in town houses constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code. You will notice that this puts the IRC in-line with the International Building Code requirements for townhouses.
- RB64 07/08, the residential committee disapproved this code change. This code change would require a residential sprinkler system in all buildings built under the 2009 IRC after January 1, 2011. The floor voted and overturned the committee and a 2/3rds vote was cast (1282 in favor of the motion and 470 against), which means the code change passed and will be found in the 2009 IRC During the vote, leaders from across the code enforcement community testified including representatives from the NFPA (a first for NFPA to testify at the ICC hearings).