Updated building codes advanced

Senators advanced a bill May 20 that would adopt several updated building codes.

Currently, Nebraska uses the 2009 editions of the International Building Codes. LB540, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford, would adopt the 2012 revisions to the following codes:
• the International Building Code, which covers all new construction except one- and two-family dwellings;
• the International Residential Code, which covers new construction of one- and two-family dwellings; and
• the International Existing Building Code, which covers repair, alteration, addition and change of occupancy for existing buildings.

Crawford said that Nebraska has not updated its building codes since 2011, when the 2009 editions were adopted.

“As other states begin to move forward in considering the [newly released] 2015 codes, it’s important that Nebraska update its codes from what are now six-year-old codes,” she said.

The bill would not adopt the 2012 revisions to the International Energy Conservation Code, as the state currently operates under the 2009 code.

Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy supported the bill.

“Every day it’s a difficult subject for home builders, contractors and local government officials,” he said. “There is a need to balance public safety and good construction practices with the cost of doing business.”

Senators advanced the bill to select file on a 33-0 vote.

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