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Job Opportunity Alexandria Virginia - August 28, 2014

City of Alexandria

Permit Center Technician- Part Time

Salary:$16.04-$22.78 Hourly

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Potovolaic System News from SFMO - August 26, 2014






Martin O’Malley


1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208


Fax 410-653-8988

Toll Free 800-525-3124

Colonel Marcus L. Brown


Anthony G. Brown

Lt. Governor

Brian S. Geraci

State Fire Marshal

August 25, 2014


Members of the Fire Marshal’s Subcommittee

Local Fire Code and Building Code Officials


RE:  Photovoltaic Systems For Single Family Homes


Dear Fire and Building Code AHJ’s


I recently had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) to discuss Photovoltaic system installations in Maryland.  It is clear that the use of photovoltaic system is increasing throughout the State and the technology is evolving.  These systems are addressed in the State Fire Code, COMAR Regulation which references the 2012 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code.  NFPA 1, Section 11.12 addresses photovoltaic systems.  The provisions of COMAR NN amend the provisions of NFPA 1, Paragraph to specifically exclude detached parking shade structures, carports, solar trellises and similar structures from needing to meet the requirements. 


MDV-SEIA also expressed concern that the provisions of NFPA 1 are being applied in some jurisdictions to one-and two- family dwellings, particularly with respect to the three foot setback provisions found in NFPA 1, Section  Please note that COMAR regulation clearly specifies that the State Fire Prevention Code does not apply to one- and two family dwellings.   Therefore, the provisions of the State Fire Code may not be used to regulate photovoltaic systems being installed on single family homes. 


Local jurisdictions are permitted to adopt regulations which are more strict than the minimum State Fire Code and may enforce locally adopted fire code or building code requirements for regulating photovoltaic systems on one- and two family dwellings, however the State Fire Prevention Code may not be used as a basis for regulating these installations.  The MDV-SEIA is presently looking at the possibility of addressing the Fire Marshal’s Subcommittee at an upcoming meeting to discuss solar technologies. 


Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions. 





A.Larry Iseminger, Jr., P.E.

Chief Fire Protection Engineer


cc:  Dana Sleeper, Executive Director, MDV-SEIA

Job Opportunity - FAIRFAX VIRGINIA - August 18, 2014

invites applications for the position of:

Master Combination Inspector

DPWES Land Development Svcs



$24.37 - $40.62 Hourly 
$1,949.86 - $3,249.78 Biweekly 
$50,696.46 - $84,494.18 Annually




09/05/14 05:00 PM

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ICC News - July 07, 2014

Applications for Code of Honor Scholarships CLOSES JULY 18

Code of Honor professional development scholarships help ensure that the I-Codes reflect the consensus view of officials at all levels of government by providing funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to attend and participate in the Public Comment Hearings held October 1–7, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Code of Honor Scholarship program includes the following categories: Architect Leaders, Emerging Leaders, Future Leaders, International Leaders, Match Scholarship, Small Town Leaders, and Veteran Leaders. Find out more here: http://www.iccsafe.org/scholarships/Pages/CodeHonor.aspx

Exclusive Free Benefit for ICC Governmental Members!

Through a special agreement with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), ICC Governmental Members may qualify for free access to ACCA's online membership benefits. As a contractor-focused organization, ACCA provides technical and business management products and services to help contractors meet or exceed business requirements. Now, ICC Members can have access to the same information contractors have. Find out more here: http://media.iccsafe.org/news/eNews/2014v11n11/14-09657.pdf




In a letter to the Executive Board Noah Bradshaw submitted his resignation sighting changing situations in his jurisdiction that will prevent him from continuing as President. According to MBOA Bylaws the 1rst Vice President, Jim Moore, will become President and the immediate Past President will call the Nominating Committee to fill the open positions. 

Acting on the Recommendation of the Nominating Committee the MBOA Board of Directors Approved the following:

1.     Bill Funk – 1rst Vice President

2.     Jason Green – 2nd Vice President

3.     Don Mock – Director At Large

They will serve out the remaining terms.


Speaking for the Board, we are all sorry to see Noah resign. He provided a perspective and dependable contribution that we all came to rely on. In an email to the Board Noah said “Thank you for your support and confidence in me.  It was quite an honor to just be involved with MBOA”   Noah, the pleasure was all ours, best of luck in your future endeavors.


Press Release - May 05, 2014

The Maryland Board of Officials Association (MBOA) is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Interpretation Committee


The MBOA Executive Board recently re-instituted an Interpretation Committee in an attempt to get our members involved, and to provide consistent enforcement and interpretations.   This committee will review and publish interpretations based upon the current edition of the adopted codes in the State of Maryland.  The concept was originally developed in the late 1970’s with the creation of the MBOA Interpretations Committee.  During the inception of this committee, it made several interpretations. This committee went inactive many years ago. The MBOA Executive Committee decided to reactivate this committee last year. The Board felt that with the changes in technology since the early 1980’s (email and computers) it was time to start the program.  Bill Funk (Cecil County) was charged with the formation and development of the Committee.  A call for committee members was sent to the membership and we had numerous respondents to the request which resulted in a 10 member committee representing 10 major jurisdictions.  The interpretations which are issued from this committee are non-binding and meant to be advisory in nature. The MBOA Executive Board believes this will provide for more consistent enforcement of the codes and standards throughout the State of Maryland. All requests for interpretation can be submitted through any of the MBOA Board Members.  In the future  all interpretations will be posted on our Code Compliance Committee page and will only be accessible to members of MBOA


We are pleased to release the first requested interpretation for this year.



In a structure built of Type II B Construction, with an A-2 use group, can the bar be constructed of combustible material?  See IBC Section 603.1 Exceptions 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14.


The Committee was unanimous in the following opinion:


The bar is considered to be millwork and would be permitted to be constructed of combustible material.

Maryland APA Represenative - February 10, 2014


Dear MBOA Membership,


I am the APA Field Services representative in the Mid-Atlantic. APA is a not for profit trade organization whose members are manufacturers of engineered wood products. Our members manufacture wood structural panels, both OSB and plywood, structural composite lumber, I-joists, and glulam beams.


As part of the field services department,  I work with building officials, builders, designers, engineers, architects, and anyone else who might have a question or comment on wood construction. The goal of the Field Services Division is to make life easier for the people who actually use wood products. We act as a liaison between the technical teams and manufacturers and real world applications.  


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or pass my contact information on to anyone to whom you feel I can provide assistance. I am also available for introduction appointments if you would like to learn more, just let me know and I will come to your office.




Mary Uher
410-730-9663 (office)

240-242-9663 (cell)

2013 MBOA Board Meeting - March 29, 2013


The next meeting of 2014 will be held in Howard County on Thursday July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

American Wood Council Southern Pine Design Values - February 26, 2013

New Southern Pine Design Values Published

New design values for all width and grades of visually-graded Southern Pine lumber have now been published by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB), and are available in Supplement 13. On January 30, the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) approved use of the new design values with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2013. Use of the new design values, however, can be approved by code officials at any time. The June 1, 2013 target date was chosen by ALSC to facilitate an orderly transition for suppliers, designers, and code officials. Previously, new interim design values had been approved for #2 and lower grades of 2x4 and smaller dimension lumber with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.

In March 2013, AWC will publish an addendum to the NDS® Design Values for Wood Construction Supplement reflecting the new design values. The NDS® Design Values Supplement is referenced in the International Codes. When available, it may be downloaded at awc.org/publications/update/designvaluechanges.html. (Note that a March 2012 Addendum reflecting changes for 2x4s is already available on that web page. Updates to the Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, and the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) span tables, reflecting previous changes for 2x4 spans, are also currently available on that web page.)

A comprehensive Question and Answer document on new design value changes is available at the Southern Forest Product Association website, www.sfpa.org.

MBOA Document Download Page - October 01, 2009

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Maryland APA Represenative, posted on February 10, 2014 by Dan
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