The District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) initiated an effort to develop new construction codes for DC in 2012. The proposed new codes are based on the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) codes (model codes), with amendments drafted by the DCRA’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) subcommittees.
The model codes and proposed amendments are available for review on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) website. The main body of the website provides direct links to the model codes. Below, the Related Documents section provides a record of the proposed amendments to the model codes, on which public comment is encouraged.
The website advises that, “Comments on this proposed rulemaking must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013. Comments must be submitted in writing to Helder Gil, Legislative Affairs Specialist, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 Fourth Street, SW, Room 5164, Washington, D.C. 20024, or via e-mail at ConstructionCodes@dc.gov. Comments should clearly specify which Subtitle, Chapter, and Section of the proposed 2013 Construction Codes they are related to.”
Three GHT Principals currently sit on DCRA’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB). Patrick A. Kunze, PE, LEED AP is a voting member of the Green TAG and Frank J. Becker, PE is a voting member of the Electrical TAG. If you are seeking feedback on the proposed new green or electrical model codes, GHT can help. Contact us for more information.
As a Senior Principal of GHT’s Interiors studio, Patrick Kunze, PE, LEED AP is committed to advancing sustainable design practices in the building industry. He contributed to the development of questions for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED AP exam, and as a voting member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (TAG) subcommittee of Washington DC’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB), he helped review and amend the DC Green Construction Code.