Welcome to Maryland Building Officials Association
- May 09, 2013
2013 MBOA Board Meeting
Ladies and Gentlemen -
EBL Fire Engineering would like to invite you to attend our Fire Protection Equipment Demonstration. Tyco will have their Fire Exchange demonstration trailer here in Baltimore for a rare appearance. It will be at EBL's offices at 8005 Harford Road in Parkville (rain or shine) on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, between 9 am to 3 pm. Light refreshments will be available.
The demonstrations work best with small groups and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Time slots available would be 9:00 am, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, and so on until the final time slot at 3:00 pm. As such, we are requesting RSVP’s for those attending indicating a preferred time slot. We will do our best to honor that request. Please e-mail either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 410-668-8000 by noon on Friday May 31st.
Certificates of Attendance will be issued and may be applied to CEU hours in accordance with your industry’s or discipline’s individual continuing education requirements.
Please feel free to forward this invitation on to others you think may benefit from this type of demonstration of cutting edge fire protection technologies from Tyco.
Thanks for your time and hope to see you and your colleagues on June 5th!
- March 29, 2013
DHCD Announces Adoption Of 2012 Rehab Code
The next Board meeting will be in Howard County Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:00am Location: Cecil County Administration Building Ellicott City, MD 21921
|UP COMING MEETINGS MARK YOUR CALENDARS|
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|JULY NO MEETING|
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| SEPTEMBER 19|
| DECEMBER 5, 2013 ANNUAL MEETING|
- March 29, 2013
American Wood Council Southern Pine Design Values
2012 Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Adopted
In an email to Advisory Council Members, Ed landon Director of the Maryland Codes Administration thanked the Council for their efforts and announced the adoption of the 2012 Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code (2012 IEBC with modificatins). The effective date of the new code will be April 1,2013. Any questions should be directed to Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org:email@example.com or 410-514-7444
- February 26, 2013
Facility Lock Down Planning
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.
- February 26, 2013
Fire Service Membership Council
Call for Information: Facility Lockdown Planning/Active-Shooter Preparedness
ICC fire service Members are being asked to assist the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) with assembling information on Lockdown Plans. Does your jurisdiction have approved lockdown plans, policies, practices, and success stories of how to prepare for and respond to events requiring facility lockdown such as active-shooter events? If so, we are asking you to please take a few minutes to submit your response via an online surveyand share any resource documents via the IAFC KnowledgeNet library.
Recent events have put an urgent and appropriate spotlight on how community stakeholders work together to prepare for and respond to active-shooter incidents while ensuring the safety of those who may be unable to leave the affected building(s). Specifically, increased attention is being given to best practices for police, fire and EMS first responders to work in cooperation both before and during an incident. It is also essential to include fire code officials and building owners/managers with the emergency escape and lockdown planning detailed in Chapter 4 of the 2012 and 2009 International Fire Code.
The IAFC is collecting data and model practices from communities that support safe and effective national-level policy. This will provide peer-to-peer resources for local fire prevention and/or building departments that are reviewing or developing their active-shooter response protocols and lockdown plans.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. IAFC members can share their policies and practices on the IAFC KnowledgeNet document library While on IAFC KnowledgeNet, you can also contribute to the active shooter discussion cross-posted to the Open Forum and the Company Officer community.
Adding Documents to IAFC KnowledgeNet
Login using your IAFC website login information
Select Add a New Entry from the left-hand navigation choices
Name of the document entry with "Active Shooter_" or "Violent Incident_", followed by any more specific information (eg. the department name, training vs. response, etc.)
Follow the on screen field prompt to upload a new document in the General Document library in the SOG/SOP folder.
- February 14, 2013
2013 Building Safety Month
Hold the Date. June 13, 2013
MBOA in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal Sub-Committee is working on finalizing the details for a seminar on Firestopping. The daylong seminar will be on the Firestop provisions of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) for plans examiners, inspectors, fire officials, architects and engineers. Focus will be on understanding the requirements of sections 714 and 715 of the IBC. Will cover joint systems, perimeter containment and through and membrane-penetrations in fire-resistive assemblies along with firestopping significant changes of the 2012 IBC. Provide helpful hints for plans examiners and inspectors for firestop systems. The presentation will be provided by expert-led representatives from the International Firestop Council (IFC).
Stayed tuned to our website and email announcements for registration opening.
International Firestop Council Website
- January 29, 2013
DHCD 2012 IECC College Classes
Celebrate and Prepare for Building Safety Month. Building Safety Month will be celebrated by ICC Members and communities in May. The theme for the month is "Code Officials Keep You Safe." Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety: Fire Safety and Awareness; Disaster Safety and Mitigation; Backyard Recreation and Pool Safety; and Energy and Green Building. Watch the ICC website, publications and social media for details. ICC invites everyone to join Building Safety Month by practicing safety every day. Click here for more details.
- January 14, 2013
Maryland Energy Administration Produces Homeowners guide to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
The Harford and Garrett Community College site are no longer being offerd for this semester.
The Maryland Codes Administration has announced the ICC RESIDENTIAL ENERGY PLAN REVIEW AND FIELD INSPECTION CERTIFICATION EXAM PREPARATORY COURSE
The following six (6) community colleges have agreed to partner with the State of Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) to conduct an eight (8) week course this upcoming 2013 spring semester which will prepare you to take the ICC Residential Energy Plan Review and Field Inspection Certification Exam (based on the 2012 IECC). Upon successfully completing the requirements of the eight (8) week course - you will be given the opportunity to take the ICC certification exam free of charge. Please be advised that these college courses are being offered AT A SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER REGISTRATION COST…. and open for registration through the college of your choice. All classes are limited in total participants – so please register early to insure you get the college of your choice.
You will be given (free of charge) the 2012 IECC Code book -plus- The 2012 IECC Study Companion Workbook -- both of which are necessary to complete the course successfully.
The following list details the colleges, dates, times and the contact person for registration information;
Training Site #3 –March 18, 2013 (every Monday) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wor-Wic Community College Teresa Disharoon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Site # 1 – Starting March 19, 2013 (every Tuesday) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Hagerstown Community College Beverly Long – email@example.com or Jack Drooger – firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Site #5 – Starting April 10, 2013 (every Wednesday) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Howard Community College Ms. Johnson – email@example.com
Training Site #6 – Starting March 28, 2013 (every Thursday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Frederick Community College Patricia Torres – firstname.lastname@example.org
Arraignments have also been made to take the 2012 IECC Residential Energy Plan Review and Field Inspections certification exam on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Frederick Community College and Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Worwic Community College. These exams will be paper and pencil based.
Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Jim Magliano at Maryland Code Administration (410) 514-7220 or Magliano@dhcd.state.md.us
- January 02, 2013
State Plumbing and HVACR Code Update Proposals
The Maryland Energy Administration has published a handout to assist builders, code officials, and homeowners on the basic requirements needed to obtain compliance with residential provisions of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) titled “What You Need to Know for Your Home Building or Renovation Project”. Further advice and consultation with the Maryland Energy Administration can be obtained at www.energy.maryland.gov.
The MEA 2012 IECC Help page can be viewed at http://energy.maryland.gov/codes/index.html. This page is dedicated to providing additional information on the 2012 IECC
In accordance with the current Maryland Building Performance Standards, all jurisdictions within the State are required by July 1, 2012 to implement and enforced the 2012 IECC with no amendments that would weaken the provisions of the code.
MBOA recommends that when questions arise regarding code compliance that you seek consultation with the local code official having jurisdictional authority for the project. A list of local contacts kept by DHCD can be obtained at http://mdcodes2.umbc.edu/amendments/amend04.htm
- December 28, 2012
2013 Maryland Legislative Session
MBOA has recently learned that the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation will be proposing updates to the State Plumbing Code and the State HVACR Code. These proposals are scheduled to be published in the February 8, 2013 Edition of the Maryland Register. Once published a 30 day comment period will be opened up with final action by the respective Board’s being scheduled for their April 2013 meetings.
State Plumbing Code Proposals Proposed State Plumbing Code (PDF)
(1) 2012 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated (National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors).
(2) National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1, NFPA 54, 2012 Edition.
(3) Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, NFPA 58, 2011 Edition.
State HVACR Code Proposals Proposed State HVACR Code (PDF)
(1) 2012 International Mechanical Code (International Code Council, 500 New Jersey Ave., N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001), which has been incorporated by reference in COMAR 05.02.01.02-1B(5), except as modified by Regulation .02 of this chapter; and
(2) 2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (International Code Council, 500 New Jersey Ave., N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001), which has been incorporated by reference in COMAR 05.02.01.02-1B(4) except Chapters 1-11 and 25-44.
- December 28, 2012
2015 Surprise IPC Changes
As we approach and enter into the new year, 2013 will once again bring us to the commencement of the Maryland General Assembly Session on Wednesday January 9, 2013. As we have done in the past, MBOA will again be hard at work identifying and discussing proposed legislation that, if passed, will have an affect on our association members. As an active member you will have access to our Legislative Webpage in our Members Only Area . To access the Members only area you will need your MBOA membership number and password.
Through out the legislative session we will be keeping the webpage up to date on a weekly basis. So remember to check back often to stay informed. This year William Funk from Cecil County will be Chairing the Codes and Standards Committee.
We are encouraging our association members to provide Bill with their thoughts and feedback on proposed legislation so that our association can better prepare a position if so desired. Bill can be contacted at email@example.com.
- December 18, 2012
Revised Egress Fire Tunnel Provisions for 2015 IBC
- December 11, 2012
ICC Acting CEO
The International Code Council Clarifies and Revises Egress Fire Tunnels for Industrial Properties
Fire Egress Tunnel Link
- December 10, 2012
MBOA's Bryant Elected to ICC Board
ICC Acting CEO Dominic Sims addresses MBOA annual meeting in Savage Maryland.
- October 24, 2012
At Tuesday's Annual Business meeting in Portland Oregon, MBOA's current Secretary Bill Bryant (on left) was elected by acclaimation to serve on the ICC Board of Directors for a three year term. Brother Bill joins current ICC Board member and MBOA immediate Past President Rich Truitt on the prestigeous Board of Directors. Bill's election marks only the third time in the history of ICC that two members of the same local chapter have served together. Congratulations Brother Bill !! We know you will continue to make us proud and serve the membership of ICC well.
In other develoments, Region VII's Steve Jones was elected ICC's Vice President, Guy Tomberlin was elected to serve as Secretary Treasurer, and John Terry was honored as Code Official of the Year. Congratulations to all !!
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