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July 2, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII No. 13

Utah Proposes Changes to Adopted Construction Codes

Vermont Updates Adoption of Industry Safety Codes

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz


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    Top Story
    Utah Proposes Changes to Adopted Construction Codes
    At its recent Electrical Advisory Committee meeting, held May 14 in Salt Lake City, the Utah Uniform Building Code Commission discussed changes to the state’s construction codes. During this meeting, the group considered which adopted code should prevail for electrical wiring of one- and two-family dwellings in the state: the 2008 National Electrical Code or the 2009 Edition of the International Residential Code (IRC).

    Based on the minutes from the meeting, following a discussion by all present, a motion was made to recommend adoption of the 2009 IRC, a motion that passed unanimously. Next, a committee member recommended that no matter which code is adopted, there needs to be a clarification by rule of which one of the codes will prevail during the time period when the IRC and NEC are not in sync. This motion was also seconded and passed unanimously. Lastly, a motion was made to recommend that during the period of time when the adopted IRC has not yet incorporated the latest residential electrical provisions contained in the adopted NEC, the adopted NEC provisions shall prevail as the adopted residential electrical standards applicable to installations applicable under the IRC. Again, this motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

    Because the Electrical Advisory Committee does not adopt a code — it only makes a recommendation to the Uniform Building Code Commission on whether or not to adopt the electrical provision of a new code — the final decision will be left up to the Utah legislature.


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    Code News Update
    Vermont Updates Adoption of Industry Safety Codes
    According to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass., as of June 15, 2009, the state of Vermont has updated its statewide adoption of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code to the 2006 edition of the codes.

    “Setting statewide minimum requirements for life safety is an essential step in offering the best protection for the people of Vermont,” says John Wood, director of the Office of the Fire Marshal & Fire Academy. “Firefighters and building officials can now utilize updated life-saving information and training that will assist them in performing their duties well.”

    The Uniform Fire Code provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. Its primary purposes are to address basic fire prevention requirements and to reference or extract the fire prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and standards.

    The Life Safety Code sets minimum building design, construction, operation, and maintenance requirements necessary to protect building occupants from dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. It also provides prompt escape requirements for new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code is used in every U.S. state and is adopted statewide in 40 states.

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    Code Challenge
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Joe Tedesco
    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Hint: Zone infraction

    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Is the grounding conductor for a TV antenna sized the same as a grounding conductor for a satellite dish?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    According to the 2008 NEC, who is permitted to service the control systems in a permanent amusement attraction? Hint: Have you reviewed the requirements of new Art. 522?

    1. Qualified persons only.
    2. Any mechanic or maintenance person using insulated tools and equipment.
    3. Electricians of any experience level.
    4. Experienced electricians and engineers who are licensed by their state or local government to design, inspect and maintain electrical systems.

    Visit EC&M's Web site for the answer and explanation.


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