The Alliance and National Center for
Healthy Housing submitted proposals to the ICC for the 2009-2010 code
change cycle. Click
here for a PDF of all proposals. The codes of interest are
the International Building Code (IBC), International Property Maintenance
Code (IPMC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Existing
Building Code (IEBC). The proposals address:
- Health and Safety Chapter: Prevent and eliminate
health hazards by requiring compliance with health standards in IPMC,
especially for toxics.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms: Require alarms in
IEBC and IPMC consistent with IRC language adopted last cycle.
- Space Heaters: Prohibit in IPMC use of unvented,
portable fuel-burning space heaters as a primary source of heat, and
if used, require a CO alarm.
- Renovations: Modify IEBC to require compliance
with EPA’s RRP Rule in order to prevent lead hazards.
- Pre-1978 Structures: Modify IPMC to explicitly
prohibit deteriorated paint because it is a presumed hazard in pre-1978
buildings, and require lead-safe repair unless approved test proves
paint is not lead-based paint.
- Pest Control: Modify IPMC to require certified
professional to eliminate pests in response to a pest control order.
- Infestation: Expand IPMC definition to expressly
include bedbugs, cockroaches, and pest rodents, as well as visible pest
residues or debris unless there is clear evidence that the pest has
- Sanitary: Add definition to IPMC to specify that
this is a condition that is clean and free of pest infestations and
residues; human and animal waste; mold; wastewater; sewage; rotting
material; and uncontained rubbish or garbage.
- Formaldehyde and Wood Products: Update IBC and
IRC to incorporate latest versions of the relevant ANSI standards. These
ANSI standards incorporate the stringent California standards for formaldehyde
emissions from wood products.
- Radon: Modify the IRC to require Radon Resistant
New Constructionin accordance with the current Appendix F in the IRC
or ASTM standard 1465 (two proposals).
- Moldy Building Materials: Modify IEBC and IPMC
to require repair/removal/remediation of moldy permeable materials made
of or containing organic materials, such as but not limited to wood,
textiles, paint, cellulose insulation, and paper, including paper-faced
- Swimming Pool Fencing: Modify the IRC to require
four sides of fencing around pools.
- Water Temperature Limits: Modify IEBC to reflect
The organizations also support proposals from the American Society of
Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers to require compliance
with ASHRAE’s 62.2 standard for ventilation of low-rise residential
buildings: whole-house mechanical ventilation; local ventilation from
kitchens and bathrooms; preventing migration of contaminants from an attached
garage; and exhaust of range hoods to the outside.
The proposals were submitted on June 1. ICC committees will consider
the proposals as part of their deliberations in Baltimore from Oct. 24
to Nov. 11, 2009 and then they will receive a final vote (by government
agency ICC members only) at a hearing in Charlotte in the fall of 2010.
Both meetings are open to the public. Click
here for a list of the dates for the Baltimore hearings.
The Alliance encourages healthy homes advocates and code officials in
all jurisdictions to support these proposals at the ICC hearings. However,
only government staff can vote at the final hearing.
here for the Alliance and the National Center for Healthy Housing's proposals
to the International Code Council for the 2007-08 code change cycle.
For more information on the model code campaign, contact Jane Malone