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Subject 110-11-1 GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD CODES

Rule 110-11-1-.01 Purpose

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 8-2-20et seq. sets forth the state minimum standard codes. Furthermore, O.C.G.A. Section 8-2-23 provides that the Department of Community Affairs may from time to time revise and amend the state minimum standard codes.

Rule 110-11-1-.02 Adoption of Codes

The following codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for building, gas, mechanical, plumbing and fire prevention:

1. The Southern Building Codes Congress, International (SBCCI) Standard Building Code, 1994 Edition, with 1995 Georgia Amendments;
2. The SBCCI Standard Gas Code, 1994 Edition, with 1995 Georgia Amendments;
3. The SBCCI Standard Mechanical Code, 1994 Edition, with 1995 Georgia Amendments;
4. The SBCCI Standard Plumbing Code, 1994 Edition, with 1995 Georgia Amendments;
5. The SBCCI Standard Fire Prevention Code, 1994 Edition, with 1995 Georgia Amendments.

Rule 110-11-1-.03 Adoption of Amendments to Codes

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

Amend Section 1604.2 of the 1994 Standard Building Code to read as follows:

1604.2 Reduction Of Uniform Live Load

1604.2 Delete the Georgia amendment in its entirety and substitute in lieu thereof the original wording of the 1994 SBCCI Standard Building Code for code requirements on the Reduction of Uniform Live Loads.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1995 CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

Amend Section 1603 of the 1995 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (Vented Room Heaters) by adding a new Section 1603.1.2 to read as follows:

1603.1.2 Unvented room heaters shall not have a normal input rating in excess of 40,000 Btu per hour (11.7 kW) and shall not be installed in sleeping quarters.

EXCEPTION: Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bedrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 10,000 Btu per hour (2.9 kW). Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bathrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 6,000 Btu per hour (1.8 kW). Gas fired vented heaters installed in bedrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be connected to an effective chimney or gas vent and equipped with a safety shutoff device. Gas fired unvented heaters installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be wall-mounted.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1996 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

Amend Section 517 of the 1996 National Electrical Code as follows:

517.21 Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection For Personnel

Delete the Georgia amendment in its entirety and substitute in lieu thereof the original working of the 1996 National Electrical Code for requirement on ground fault circuit interrupters.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

1994 STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE

Amend Section 3001.3 (paragraphs 3001.3.1 and 3001.3.2) of the 1994 Standard Fire Prevention Code to read as follows:

3001.3 Dispensing Flammable or Combustible Liquids

3001.3.1 No dispensing, transfer or storage of flammable or combustible liquids shall be permitted inside of any building or structure.

Exception:

1. As provided for in Chapter 9 of this code.

2. When the procedures used follow the guidelines and requirements set forth in NFPA 410 "Standard for Aircraft Maintenance."

3001.3.2 No flammable or combustible liquid shall be dispensed into or removed from the fuel system of an aircraft within any aircraft hanger.

EXCEPTION: Aircraft fuel system maintenance conducted in accordance with NFPA 410.

Amend Chapter 3, Recognized Standards and Publications to add the following:

National Fire Protection Association

410 Standard on Aircraft Maintenance 3001.3.1

3001.3.2

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

1994 STANDARD GAS CODE

Amend Section 504 of the 1994 Standard Gas Code to read as follows:

504

Water Heaters

504.2 Location

504.2.2 When water heaters or hot water storage tanks are installed in remote locations such as suspended ceiling spaces or in attics, the tank or heater shall rest in a galvanized steel or other pan that has been tested and certified by an approved testing agency or approved by the local authority having jurisdiction. It shall be of equal corrosion resistance having a thickness of at least equal to 0.0276 inch (0.7 mm) galvanized steel. Pans shall have a minimum depth of 1 1/2 inches (38 mm). All drain pans shall have a minimum of 1 inch (25.4 mm) drain. See chapter 5 of the Standard Plumbing Code for other safety pan requirements.

Amend Section 505 (paragraphs 505.1 and 505.4) of the 1994 Standard Gas Code to read as follows:

505

Room Heaters

505.1 Installation - General

505.1.1 Listed unvented room heaters shall be installed in accordance with their listings and the manufacturer's instruction. Unvented room heaters shall not have a normal input rating in excess of 40,000 Btu per hour (11.7 kW) and shall not be installed in sleeping quarters.

EXCEPTION: Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bedrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 10,000 Btu per hour (2.9 kW). Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bathrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 6,000 Btu per hour (1.8 kW).

505.4.1 Installations in Bedrooms

505.4.1 Gas fired vented heaters installed in bedrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be connected to an effective chimney or gas vent and equipped with a safety shutoff device.

505.4.2 Gas fired unvented heaters installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be wall-mounted.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1994 STANDARD HOUSING CODE

Amend Section 302.5 of the 1994 Standard Housing Code to read as follows:

302.5 Heating Facilities

302.5.3 Gas heaters listed for unvented use shall be permitted provided the room heaters are installed in accordance with their listing and the manufacturer's instructions. Unvented room heaters shall not have a normal input rating in excess of 40,000 Btu per hour (11.7 kW) and shall not be installed in sleeping quarters.

EXCEPTION: Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bedrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 10,000 Btu per hour (2.9 kW). Listed unvented room heaters for installation in bathrooms shall not have normal input rating in excess of 6,000 Btu per hour (1.8 kW).

302.5.3.1 Gas fired vented heaters installed in bedrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be connected to an effective chimney or gas vent and equipped with a safety shutoff device. Gas fired unvented heaters installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or rooms generally kept closed shall be wall-mounted.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1994 STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

Amend Section 507.8 of the 1994 Standard Plumbing Code to read as follows:

507.8 Safety Pans and Relief Valve Waste

507.8.1 When water heaters or hot water storage tanks are installed in remote locations such as suspended ceiling spaces or in attics, the tank or heater shall rest in a galvanized steel or other pan that has been tested and certified by an approved testing agency or approved by the local authority having jurisdiction. It shall be of equal corrosion resistance having a thickness of at least equal to 0.0276 inch (0.7 mm) galvanized steel.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE

1995 CABO MODEL ENERGY CODE WITH GEORGIA

SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS

Amend Section 704 of the 1995 CABO Model Energy Code with Georgia Supplements and Amendments Code to read as follows:

2. The Roof/Ceiling U-values specified in the envelope requirements of Section 402 of RS-22 or 704.1.2.3 shall be permitted to be adjusted in accordance with 704.1.1.1.

704.1.1.1 U-value adjustment: The Roof/Ceiling U-value for buildings that are mechanically cooled and have a roof covering with a high albedo surface can be increased in accordance with this section provided the roof surface:

a) has a minimum total solar reflectance of 0.75 when tested in accordance with ASTM E 903, and

b) has a minimum infrared emittance of 0.75 when tested in accordance with ASTM E 408.

The adjusted U-value is equal to the code specified U-value times the following adjustment factor.

Climate Range (HDD65) Thermal Zone (Fig. 703) Adjustment Factor
4500    1.000
3501-4500 3 1.114
2501-3500 2 1.125
2500 1 1.160

704.1.2.3 Roof/Ceilings. Roof/Ceiling assemblies shall comply with Table 704B.

Table 704B

Prescriptive Roof/Ceiling Values

Thermal Zone 1 Value of Roof/Ceiling 2  
   U(max) R(min)   
I 0.070 14
II 0.070 14
III 0.070 14

Notes:

1. Thermal zones are shown in Figure 703.

2. The U-values shall be permitted to be adjusted in accordance with 704.1.1.1.

704.6 Reference Standards. The following references are in addition to the reference standards in Chapter 5 of RS-22.

RS-43

ASTM E 903-88 Standard test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Materials Using Integrating Spheres. ASTM. Philadelphia, PA 19103

RS-44

ASTM E 408-71 (1990). Test Method for Normal Emittance of Surfaces Using Inspection Meter Techniques. ASTM. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rule 110-11-1-.04 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Regarding EIFS

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

· Add to Chapter 2, Definitions, a definition for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) to read as follows:

Chapter 2 - Definitions:

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) - Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems are non-load bearing exterior wall cladding systems generally consisting of an insulation board, an adhesive and/or mechanical attachment of the insulation board to the substrate, glass fiber reinforcing mesh, a base coat on the face of the insulation board and an aggregated polymer binder based finish coat.

· Said building code is further amended by adding a section 1403.10 to Chapter 14 to read as follows:

Chapter 14 - Exterior Wall Covering 1403 - Veneered Walls

1403.10 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems:

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) on type III, V and VI construction used on buildings with areas less than 5000 square feet of gross floor area shall be installed according to this section. For other than type III, V and VI construction, refer to the local jurisdiction's adoption of methods, guidelines or procedures for the use of alternate materials or methods. The contractor shall supply an Evaluation Report and the EIFS manufacturer's installation and application instructions.

1403.10.1 Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) Class PB shall conform to Appendix "I", Performance Requirements for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.

1403.10.2 Wall Assemblies incorporating EIFS shall be provided with a drainage system as recognized in a current model code Evaluation Report and shall conform to Appendix "J", Requirements for Drainage Installed with Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.

1403.10.3 Wall assemblies incorporating EIFS shall demonstrate drying potential as recognized in a current model code Evaluation Report and in conformance with Appendix "K", Requirements for Drying Potential for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.

1403.10.4 Installation of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall comply with ASTM PS 49, Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. Where there is a conflict between ASTM PS 49 and other provisions of the code, the more restrictive shall apply.

1403.10.5 Foam plastic insulation in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 26, Sections 2603.1, 2603.2, 2603.3.

1403.10.6 Weather Resistive Barriers

The weather resistive barrier shall be asphalt saturated felt weighing at least 14 lb. per hundred square feet, or conform to ASTM D226 Type I or equal as determined by qualified testing. The barrier shall be free from holes and breaks and shall be applied over studs or sheathing of all exterior walls. Weather-resistant sheathing paper type barriers shall be applied horizontally with the upper layer lapped over the lower layer not less than 2 inches (31 mm). Where vertical joints occur, the felt or paper shall be lapped not less than 6 inches (152 mm). Approved surface applied type barriers shall be monolithic and continuous and shall be applied in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and application instructions.

1403.10.7 Flashing for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

Flashing shall be approved, corrosion resistive, and provided in such a manner as to be leakproof and flashed to the exterior. Windows, doors, louvers and other similar openings shall be flashed. Windows shall be flashed at the top, sides and sills. Window heads shall be flashed to the exterior, except that self-flashing windows having a continuous lap of not less than 1 1/8 inches (28 mm) over sheathing material around the perimeter of the opening, including corners, do not require additional flashing at the head. Flashing shall be installed at the intersections of walls, including chimney chase walls, with roofs, decks, balconies, porches, stairs, landings and similar construction. The weather resistive barrier shall be continuous with the weather resistive barrier behind wall coverings adjacent to the EIFS or flashed to the exterior.

1403.10.8 Sealants for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

Sealants shall be installed between EIFS and adjoining construction or penetrations in accordance with ASTM C1193. Minimum 3/4 inch wide sealant joints shall be installed at floor lines of wood framed floors. Minimum 1/2 inch wide sealant joints shall be installed at perimeters of wall openings such as for windows and doors. Sealants applied in a fillet configuration shall be installed over bond breaker tape or other pre-formed closed cell sealant backing. Sealants shall be installed so as not to block weeps or other water drainage. Sealants shall conform to ASTM C920, grade NS, Type M or S, Class 25. Sealants shall be tested in accordance with ASTMC 1135. Minimum 50% elongation after conditioning shall be required.

· Said building code is further amended by adding figure 2304.1 to Chapter 23 as follows:


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· Said building code is further amended by adding a section 2603.1.3 and section 2603.1.4 to Chapter 26 "Plastic" to read as follows:

Chapter 26: Plastic

2603 Foam Plastic Insulation

Section 2603.1.3. In areas where hazard of termite damage is very heavy, in accordance with Figure 2304.1, foam plastic including, but not limited to, extruded or expanded polystyrene or polyiscyanorate shall not be installed below grade on the exterior of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations.

Exceptions:

1) When approved protective membranes that separate the foam plastics from the soil are provided.

2) Cold storage construction

3) Foam filled doors

4) Types I, II and IV construction

5) Interior side of basement walls

Section 2603.1. In areas where hazard of termite damage is very heavy, in accordance with Figure 2304.1, clearance between earth and foam plastics applied to the exterior wall shall not be less than 6 inches (152 mm).

· Said building code is further amended by adding ASTM reference standards to Chapter 35 to read as follows:

Chapter 35 - Reference Standards

ASTM - Reference Standards

B117-94

Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Testing Apparatus

C297-94

Test method for Tensile Strength of Flat Sandwich Constructions Flatwise Plane

C578-92

Standard Specification for Rigid, Cellular Polystyrene Thermal Insulation

C1193-91

Standard Guide for Use of Joint Sealants

C1289-95

Standard Specification for Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board

D968-93

Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Organic Coatings by Falling Abrasive

D2247-94

Standard Practice for Testing Water Resistance of Coatings in 100% Relative Humidity

D3273-94

Standard Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber

D5035-90

Standard Test Method for Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Force)

E331-93

Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

G23-93

Standard Practice for Operating Light-Exposure Apparatus (Carbon-Arc Type) With and Without Water for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials PS 49-96 Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish System

· Said Building Code is further amended by adding an Appendix I to read as follows:

APPENDIX I

Performance Requirements For Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

The system and its components shall meet or exceed the following performance standards.

1.0 System Performance

Characteristic

Test Method

Acceptance Criteria

1.1 Abrasion Resistance

ASTM D 968

No cracking, checking or loss film integrity at 528-quarts (500 liters) of sand

1.2 Accelerated Weathering

ASTM G 23

No deleterious effects* after 2000 hours when viewed under 5X magnification

1.3 Freeze/Thaw Resistance

air dry at 120 degrees Fahrenheit minimum eight hours total immersion in water at 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours then exposure to 20 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 hours.

10 cycles. No deleterious effects* viewed under 5X magnification

1.4 Mildew Resistance

ASTM D3273

No growth supported during 28 day exposure time

1.5 Salt Spray Resistance

ASTM B117

No deleterious effects* at 300 hour exposure

1.6 Tensile Adhesion

ASTM C297

No failure in the adhesive, Base coat or finish coat. Minimum 5 PSI (34.5 kPa) Tensile strength before and after freeze/thaw and accelerated weathering test.

1.7 Water Penetration

ASTM E331

No water penetration beyond the plane of the base coat/ Insulation board interface after 15-minutes at 6.24 psf (299 Pa), or 20% of positive design wind pressure, whichever is greater.

1.8 Water Resistance

ASTM D2247

No deleterious effects* at 14 day exposure.

1.9 Wind Load

ASTM E330

Withstand negative and positive wind loads required by building code.

2.0 Component Performance

   

2.1 Physical Properties and

ASTM C578

Meets TYPE I Requirements for EPS

2.2 Physical Properties and

ASTM C 1289

Meets TYPE II Requirements for Polyisocyanuarate Thermal Insulation Board

*No deleterious effects: no cracking, checking, crazing, erosion, rusting, blistering, peeling or delamination.

*Said Building Code is further amended by adding an Appendix J to read as follows:

APPENDIX J

Requirements For Drainage Installed With Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

1.01

Scope:

 

These requirements cover the drainage of water from wall construction incorporating EIFS and weather resistive barriers. Drainage is provided to prevent water intrusion beyond the water resistive barrier and to discharge water to the exterior.

2.01

Reference Documents

ASTM Standards

E 331 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference.

3.01

Terminology

Description of Terms Specific to This Standard:

3.01.1

Drainage: The collection and discharge of water gravity flow.

4.01

Drainage of Water.

4.01.1

Walls incorporating EIFS and drainage shall be constructed to collect incidental water at the exterior outside faces of a weather resistive barrier and flashing. The wall assembly shall allow water collected at the outside faces of the weather resistive barrier and flashing to flow by gravity to the exterior.

4.01.2

The weather resistive barrier shall be integrated with the flashing to prevent water intrusion to the interior.

4.01.3

Drainage shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E331 and Section 5.01.

5.01

Test Method For Determining The Drainage

Performance of Wall Assemblies Clad With Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

This test method consists of testing EIFS clad wall assemblies for Drainage Performance by ASTM E331, Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference, except as described otherwise herein.

5.01.1

Scope:

This test method evaluates the drainage performance of EIFS when subjected to water applied in conjunction with a positive uniform static air pressure.

5.01.2

Test Method: ASTM E331

5.01.3

Apparatus

ASTM E 331 for application of water and positive uniform static air pressure and a catchment to collect and measure drained water.

5.01.4

Test Specimen

5.01.4.1

The EIFS clad wall test specimens shall be a minimum of 4'X8' (123 cm X 246 cm).

5.01.4.2

Minimum of four test specimens plus a control shall be assembled and allowed to cure for 28 days prior to test. The test specimens shall contain a fault. Dimensions and location of the fault are shown in figure J-1.0.

5.01.4.3

The EIFS assemblies shall be installed with the materials, details, and methods of assembly as required by the manufacturer.

5.01.4.3.1

For acceptance of wall assemblies with wood-based sheathing, the test wall shall include the sheathing to be accepted.

5.01.4.4

The supporting framework for the EIFS wall assemblies shall be of wood or metal stud construction with framing spacing as required by the manufacturer. The standard framing spacing is 16" (41 cm) o.c.

5.01.4.5

The test specimens shall be constructed to allow observation of drainage.

5.01.5

Test Procedure.

5.01.5.1

Test pressure difference shall be minimum 6.24 pounds per square foot.

5.01.5.2

Water delivery to the exterior surface shall be uniform and at a rate of 5.0 Gallons per square foot hour.

5.01.5.3

Water and pressure duration shall be minimum 15 minutes.

5.01.5.4

Subject the four test specimens to the conditions in 5.1, and 5.3. Observe and Verify that specimens drain freely.

5.01.5.5

Allow each specimen to drain in the vertical position.

5.01.5.6

After one hour of drainage, select one of the test specimens; disassemble and verify drainage by observation. Note: Disassembly of wall must assure inspection of all wall components. Any water accumulation beyond incidental beading due to surface tension shall be reported.

6.01

REPORT.

6.01.1

Follow ASTM E331 Sections, 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.1.7, 12.1.9, 12.1.10, and 12.2 plus the following:

6.01.2

Observations from 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6.

6.01.3

Details of assembly, including a description of components, mixing and application, thickness of components and a statement of conformance to the manufacturer's application instructions.

6.01.4

Photographic video documentation of test specimens, including assembly, components, drainage verification, and samples removed in 5.6.

6.01.5

Detailed drawings of the test specimens.

6.01.6

A record of all points of water penetration to the cavity and drainage performance.

* Said Building Code is further amended by adding an Appendix K to read as follows:


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APPENDIX K

Requirements For Drying Potential For Exterior Insulation And Finish Systems (EIFS)

1.01

Scope These requirements cover the potential for drying of wall construction incorporating EIFS and drainage. Drying of water in excess of 1 ounce per square foot shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E331 and Section 2.01.

2.01

TEST METHOD

2.01.1

Follow Appendix "J", Requirements for Drainage Installed with Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), Section 5.01 through 5.01.5.6.

2.01.2

Allow three test specimens plus the control specimen to dry in a conditioned space (73 degrees Fahrenheit ± 4 degrees at 50% relative humidity) For 72 hours. {NOTE: These are usually the same test specimens tested for drainage.}

2.01.3

After 72 hours of drying, cut three 12" X 12" samples to include all components of the assembly except framing from each test specimen and the control, as shown in figure K-1.0.

2.01.4

Record observations.

2.01.5

Immediately weigh each sample and place in an oven controlled at 120 ± 10 degrees Fahrenheit until constant weight is obtained. Record weight loss of each sample to the nearest .01 ounce.

2.01.6

Determine the average weight loss for the nine samples (TSRM) from the test specimens. Determine the average weight loss for the three control samples (CSBM).

3.01

TSRM - CSBM = SRM

TSRM - Average residual moisture in nine test samples (oz.)

CSRM - Average background moisture in three control samples (oz.)

SRM - Average residual moisture in system per square foot; (ounce per square foot).

4.01

REPORT

A record of all weights as recorded in Section 2.01.5 and 2.01.6 to evaluate drying potential.

5.01

ACCEPTANCE

SRM (Average Residual Moisture in system per square foot) shall not exceed 1 ounce per square foot.


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GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1995 CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

*Add to Chapter 2, Definitions, a definition for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) to read as follows:

Chapter 2 - Building Definitions:

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) - Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems are non-load bearing exterior wall cladding systems generally consisting of an insulation board, an adhesive and/or mechanical attachment of the insulation board to the substrate, glass fiber reinforcing mesh, a base coat on the face of the insulation board and an aggregated polymer binder based finish coat.

*Said CABO code is further amended by adding a section 323.1.1 to Section 323 to read as follows:

Section 323 - Protection Against Termites:

Section 323.1.1: Foam Plastics: Foam plastics including, but not limited to, extruded or expanded polystyrene or polyisocyanurate shall not be installed below grade on the exterior of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. In areas where the hazard of termite damage is very heavy, according to Figure 301.2f, clearance between earth and foam plastics applied to the exterior wall shall be not less than 6 inches (152 mm).

EXCEPTION: Interior side of basement walls.

*Said CABO code is further amended by adding a section 703.9 to chapter 7 "Wall Covering" to read as follows:

Chapter 7 - Wall Covering

703.9 - Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS)

703.9.1 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) shall conform to Appendix "G", Performance Requirements for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

703.9.2 Wall assemblies incorporating EIFS shall be provided with drainage as recognized in a current model building code Evaluation Report and shall conform to Appendix "H" Requirements for Drainage Installed With Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

703.9.3 Wall assemblies incorporating EIFS shall demonstrate drying potential as recognized in a current model building code Evaluation Report and shall be in conformance with Appendix "I", Requirements for Drying Potential for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

703.9.4 Installation of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall comply with ASTM PS49, Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish System. Where there is a conflict between ASTM PS49 and other provisions of the code, the other provisions shall apply instead of ASTM PS49.

703.9.5 Foam plastic insulation in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 3, Sections 317.1, 317.1.1, 317.1.2, 317.2.1, and 317.3.

703.9.6 Weather Resistive Barriers

The weather resistive barrier shall be asphalt saturated felt weighing at least 14 lb. per hundred square feet, or conform to ASTM D226 Type I or equal as determined by qualified testing. The barrier shall be free from holes and breaks and shall be applied over studs or sheathing of all exterior walls. Weather-resistant sheathing paper type barriers shall be applied horizontally with the upper layer lapped over the lower layer not less than 2 inches (31 mm). Where vertical joints occur, the felt or paper shall be lapped not less than 6 inches (152 mm). Approved surface applied type barriers shall be monolithic and continuous and shall be applied in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and application instructions.

703.9.7 Flashing for Exterior Insulating And Finish Systems (EIFS) Flashing shall be approved, corrosion resistive, and provided in such a manner as to be leakproof and flashed to the exterior. Windows, doors louvers and other similar openings shall be flashed. Windows shall be flashed at the top, sides and sills. Window heads shall be flashed to the exterior, except that self-flashing windows having a continuous lap of not less than 1 1/8 inches (28 MM) over sheathing material around the perimeter of the opening, including corners, do not require additional flashing at the head. Flashing shall be installed at the intersections of walls, including chimney chase walls, with roofs, decks, balconies, porches, stairs, landings and similar construction. The weather resistive barrier shall be continuous with the weather resistive barrier behind wall coverings adjacent to the EIFS or flashed to the exterior.

703.9.7.1 Refer to Appendix "11" for typical weather resistive barrier, flashing details, and installation details.

703.9.8 Sealants for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Sealants shall be installed between EIFS and adjoining construction or penetrations in accordance with ASTM C1193. Minimum 3/4 inch wide sealant joints shall be installed at floor lines of wood framed floors. Minimum 1/2 inch wide sealant joints shall be installed at perimeters of wall openings such as for windows and doors. Sealants applied in a fillet configuration shall be installed over bond breaker tape or other pre-formed closed cell sealant backing. Sealants shall be installed so as not to block weeps or other water drainage. Sealants shall conform to ASTM C920, grade NS, Type M or S, Class 25. Sealants shall be tested in accordance with ASTM C 1135 and PS49. Minimum 50% elongation after conditioning shall be required.

* Said CABO code is further amended by adding to Table 703.4 the following:

Table 703.4 - Weather-Resistant Siding Attachment and Minimum Thickness

SIDING MATERIAL

NOMINAL THICKNESS (inches)

JOINT TREATMENT

SHEATHING PAPER REQUIRED

NUMBER OR SPACING OF FASTENERS

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (footnote 9)

3/4 Minimum 4 Maximum Thickness of Insulation Board

(footnote 15)

yes (footnote 16)

Approved Corrosion Resistive Fastener or other approved attachment (footnote 17)

Footnotes:

15. Sealant shall be applied in accordance with ASTM C 1193-91.

16. Weather resistant membrane shall be installed with provisions for drainage, without exception, over wood, wood structural panels, and sheathing of any type when installed on wood framing.

17. Insulation fastener type, number and spacing shall be as established by testing in accordance with ASTM E330 and accepted engineering practice, but insulation fastener spacing shall in all cases be a maximum of either:

1) 12 inches center to center vertically and 16 inches center to center horizontallyor

2) 8 inches center to center vertically and 24 inches center to center horizontally.

* Said CABO code is further amended by adding ASTM reference standards to Chapter 47 to read as follows:

Chapter 47 - Reference Standards

ASTM Standards

B117-94

Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Testing Apparatus

C297-94

Standard Test method for Tensile Strength of Flat Sandwich Constructions Flatwise Plane

C920-87

Standard Specification for Elastomeric Joint Sealants

C1135-90

Standard Test Method for Determining Tensile Adhesion Properties of Structural Sealants

C1193-91

Standard Guide for Use of Joint Sealants

C1289-95

Standard Specification for Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board

D226-89

Standard Specification for Asphalt-Saturated Organic Felt used in Roofing and Waterproofing

D968-93

Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Organic Coatings by Falling Abrasive

D2247-94

Standard Practice for Testing Water Resistance of Coatings in 100% Relative Humidity

D3272-94

Standard Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber

D5035-90

Standard Test Method for Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Force)

E330-90

Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

E331-93

Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

G23-93

Standard Practice for Operating Light-Exposure Apparatus (Carbon-Arc-Type) With and Without Water for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials

PS 49-96

Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish System

*Said CABO Code is further amended by adding an Appendix G to read as follows:

APPENDIX G

Performance Requirements For Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

The system and its components shall meet or exceed the following performance standards.

1.0 System Performance

Characteristic

Test Method

Acceptance Criteria

1.1 Abrasion Resistance

ASTM D 968

No cracking, checking or loss of film integrity at 528-quarts (500 liters) of sand

1.2 Accelerated Weathering

ASTM G 23

No deleterious effects* after 2000 hours when viewed under 5X magnification

1.3 Freeze/Thaw Resistance

Air dry at 120 degrees Fahrenheit minimum eight hours total immersion in water at 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours then exposure to 20 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 hours. 10 cycles. No deleterious effects* viewed under 5X magnification

 

1.4 Mildew Resistance

ASTM D3273

No growth supported during 28 day exposure time

1.5 Salt Spray Resistance

ASTM B117

No deleterious effects* at 300 hour exposure

1.6 Tensile Adhesion

ASTM C297

No failure in the adhesive, Base coat or finish coat. Minimum 5 PSI (34.5 kPa) Tensile strength before and after freeze/thaw and accelerated weathering test.

1.7 Water Penetration

ASTM E331

No water penetration beyond the plane of the base coat/Insulation board interface after 15-minutes at 6.24 psf (299 Pa), or 20% of positive design wind pressure, whichever is greater.

1.8 Water Resistance

ASTM D2247

No deleterious effects* at 14 day exposure.

1.9 Wind Load

ASTM E330

Withstand negative and positive wind loads required by building code.

2.0 Component

   

Performance: 2.1 Physical Properties and Requirements for EPS

ASTM C 578

Meets TYPE I

2.2 Physical Properties and Requirements for Polyisocyanuarate Thermal Insulation Board

ASTM C 1289

Meets TYPE II

*No deleterious effects: no cracking, checking, crazing, erosion, rusting, blistering, peeling or delamination.

* Said CABO Code is further amended by adding an Appendix H to read as follows:

APPENDIX H

REQUIREMENTS FOR DRAINAGE INSTALLED WITH EXTERIOR INSULATION AND FINISH SYSTEMS (EIFS)

1.01 Scope:

These requirements cover the drainage of water from wall construction incorporating EIFS and weather resistive barriers. Drainage is provided to prevent water intrusion beyond the water resistive barrier and to discharge water to the exterior.

2.01 Reference Documents

ASTM Standards E 331 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference.

3.01 Terminology

Descriptions of Terms Specific to This Standard:

3.01.1 Drainage:

The collection and discharge of water gravity flow.

4.01

Drainage of Water

4.01.1

Walls incorporating EIFS and drainage shall be constructed to collect incidental water at the exterior outside faces of a weather resistive barrier and flashing. The wall assembly shall allow water collected at the outside faces of the weather resistive barrier and flashing to flow by gravity to the exterior.

4.01.2

The weather resistive barrier shall be integrated with the flashing to prevent water intrusion to the interior.

4.01.3

Drainage shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E331 and Section 5.01.

5.01

Test Method For Determining The Drainage Performance of Wall Assemblies Clad With Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

This test method consists of testing EIFS clad wall assemblies for Drainage Performance by ASTM E331, Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference, except as described otherwise herein.

5.01.1

Scope: This test method evaluates the drainage performance of EIFS when subjected to water applied in conjunction with a positive uniform static air pressure.

5.01.2

Test Method ASTM E331

5.01.3

Apparatus ASTM E 331 for application of water and positive uniform static air pressure and a catchment to collect and measure drained water.

5.01.4

Test Specimen

5.01.4.1

The EIFS clad wall test specimens shall be a minimum of 4' X 8' (123 cm X 246 cm)

5.01.4.2

Minimum of four test specimens plus a control shall be assembled and allowed to cure for 28 days prior to test. The test specimens shall contain a fault. Dimensions and location of the fault are shown in figure H-1.0.

5.01.4.3

The EIFS assemblies shall be installed with the materials, details, and methods of assembly as required by the manufacturer.

5.01.4.3.1

For acceptance of wall assemblies with wood-based sheathing, the test wall shall include the sheathing to be accepted.

5.01.4.4

The supporting framework for the EIFS wall assemblies shall be of wood or metal stud construction with framing spacing as required by the manufacturer. The standard framing spacing is 16" (41 cm) o.c.

5.01.4.5

The test specimen shall be constructed to allow observation of drainage.

5.01.5

Test Procedure:

5.01.5.1

Test pressure difference shall be minimum 6.24 pounds per square foot (psf).

5.01.5.2

Water delivery to the exterior surface shall be uniform and at a rate of 5.0 Gallons per square foot hour.

5.01.5.3

Water and pressure duration shall be minimum 15 minutes.

5.01.5.4

Subject the four test specimens to the conditions in 5.1, and 5.3. Observe and Verify that specimens drain freely.

5.01.5.5

Allow each specimen to drain in the vertical position.

5.01.5.6

After one hour of drainage, select one of the test specimens; disassemble and verify drainage by observation. Note: Disassembly of wall must assure inspection of all wall components. Any water accumulation beyond incidental beading due to surface tension shall be reported.

6.01

REPORT

6.01.1

Follow ASTM E331 Sections 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.1.7, 12.1.9, 12.1.10, and 12.2 plus the following:

6.01.2

Observations from 5.4, 5.5, and 5.7.

6.01.3

Details of assembly, including a description of components, mixing and application, thickness of components and a statement of conformance to the manufacturer's application instructions.

6.01.4

Photographic video documentation of test specimens, including assembly, components, drainage verification, and samples removed in 5.8

6.01.5

Detailed drawings of the test specimens.

6.01.6

A record of all points of water penetration to the cavity and drainage performance.


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*Said CABO Code is further amended by adding an Appendix I to read as follows:

APPENDIX I

Requirements For Drying Potential for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

1.01

Scope:

These requirements cover the potential for drying of wall construction incorporating EIFS and drainage. Drying of water in excess of 1 ounce per square foot shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E331 and Section 2.01.

2.01

TEST METHOD

2.01.1

Follow Appendix "H", Requirements for Drainage Installed with Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), Section 5.01 through 5.01.5.6.

2.01.2

Allow three test specimens plus the control specimen to dry in a conditioned space (73 degrees Fahrenheit ±4 degrees @ 50% Relative Humidity) For 72 hours. {NOTE: These are usually the same test specimens tested for drainage}.

2.01.3

After 72 hours of drying, cut three 12" X 12" (369 cm X 369 cm) samples to include all components of the assembly except framing from each test specimen and the control, as shown in figure 1-1.0.

2.01.4

Record observations.

2.01.5

Immediately weigh each sample and place in an oven controlled at 120±10 degrees Fahrenheit until constant weight is obtained. Record weight loss of each sample to the nearest .01 ounce.

2.01.6

Determine the average weight loss for the nine samples (TSRM) from the test specimens. Determine the average weight loss for the three control samples (CSBM).

3.01

TSRM - CSBM = SRM

 

TSRM - Average residual moisture in nine test samples (oz.)

CSRM - Average background moisture in three control samples (oz.)

SRM - Average residual moisture in system per square foot; (ounce per square foot).

4.01

REPORT

A record of all weights as recorded in Section 2.01.5 and 2.01.6 to evaluate drying potential.

5.01

ACCEPTANCE

SRM (Average Residual Moisture in system per square foot) shall not exceed 1 ounce per square foot.


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GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE 1994 STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

*Amend Section 507.8.4 of the 1994 Standard Plumbing Code to read as follows:

507.8.4 The discharge from the relief valve shall be piped full size separately to the outside of the building or to an indirect waste receptor so that any discharge can cause no personal injury or property damage and can be readily observed by the building occupants. In no case shall the discharge from a relief valve be trapped.

EXCEPTION: In basements or one and two family dwellings, the discharge from the relief valve may be piped upward when necessary. A thermal expansion control devise shall be installed in accordance with Section 613.2.1. An elbow shall be placed to the valve outlet and provisions shall be made at the low point for positive drainage.

*Said Plumbing Code is further amended by deleting in its entirety section 613.2 Thermal Expansion Control, and substituting the following in lieu thereof:

613.2 Thermal Expansion Control

If water is heated and stored in a consumer's system and the system has been closed by the installation of a backflow preventor or a pressure reducing valve, a thermal expansion control device shall be installed at an accessible location and in accordance with manufacturer's installation instruction. The device shall limit thermal expansion of the water being heated to not more than 80 pounds per square inch (552 kPa) static pressure at any fixture on the system. A potable water expansion tank or auxiliary relief valve set at 80 PSI (552 kPa) shall be acceptable.

The auxiliary relief valve shall be in addition to the eater heater safety relief valve. This thermal expansion control device shall be designed and trimmed for repeated operation. The valve shall have a minimum one-half inch pipe size. It shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer's installation instructions.

GEORGIA AMENDMENT TO THE 1995 CABO MODEL ENERGY CODE WITH GEORGIA SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS

*Add the following footnote to Table 502.2 1a of the 1995 CABO Model Energy Code, to be designed as footnote 5 and renumber the remaining footnotes:

" 5. Slab edge insulation is not required for unheated slabs in areas of very heavy termite infestation probability as shown in Figure 4 contained in Chapter 8."

* The 1995 CABO Model Energy Code with Georgia Supplements and Amendments is further amended by deleting in their entirety the table concerning 3500 Heating Degree Days and 4500 Heating Degree Days in Chapter 6 of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

Climate Zone 3500 HDD or less (Greater Atlanta Area) Low-rise residential WOOD FRAMING No Foam Insulation shall be installed within 6" of the ground on the outside of any wall (for detached one and two family dwellings only

Option No.

Flat Ceiling Insulation R-value

Wall R-value

Window & Door Area

Window U-value R-value

Floor R-value

Masonry Basement Wall R-value

Double pane metal with thermal break

35A67

R-30

R-13

12.8%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

35B67

R-30

R-14

13.4%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

35C67

R-30

R-15

13.9%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

35D67

R-30

R-16

14.5%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

35E67

R-30

R-17

14.9%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

35F67

R-30

R-19

15.4%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-5

Double pane wood or vinyl

35A56

R-30

R-13

15.8%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

35B56

R-30

R-14

16.5%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

35C56

R-30

R-15

17.0%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

35D56

R-30

R-16

17.7%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

35E56

R-30

R-17

18.2%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

35F56

R-30

R-19

18.9%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-5

Double pane wood or vinyl low-e

35A52

R-30

R-13

17.3%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35B52

R-30

R-14

18.1%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35C52

R-30

R-15

18.6%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35D52

R-30

R-16

19.3%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35D52

R-30

R-17

19.9%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35F52

R-30

R-19

20.5%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

Double pane wood or vinyl, low-e, inert gas

35A47

R-30

R-13

19.5%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35B47

R-30

R-14

20.4%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35C47

R-30

R-15

20.9%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35D47

R-30

R-16

21.7%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35E47

R-30

R-17

22.3%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

35F47

R-30

R-19

23.0%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-5

Double pane wood or vinyl, low-e, inert gas & ½" air space or triple pane

35A43

R-30

R-13

21.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

35B43

R-30

R-14

22.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

35C43

R-30

R-15

23.2%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

35D43

R-30

R-16

24.1%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

35E43

R-30

R-17

24.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

35F43

R-30

R-19

25.6%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-5

High performance double pane low-e, inert gas & ½" air space

35A35

R-30

R-13

28.3%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

35B35

R-30

R-14

29.4%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

35C35

R-30

R-15

30.0%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

35D35

R-30

R-16

30.9%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

35E35

R-30

R-17

31.7%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

35F35

R-30

R-19

32.7%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-5

Note 1. May use R-19 on sloped ceilings and under HVAC up to 25% of ceiling Area.

Note 2. Wall R-value is R-value of cavity insulation plus stabilized (aged) R-value of sheathing rounded down to a whole number. 25% of exterior gross wall area may have plywood, OSB or gypsum (garage walls).

Note 3. Total area of all windows and doors in conditioned areas.

Note 4. Window and Door U-values are per U-value Default Table For Windows, Glazed Doors, Non-Glazed Door & Skylights or approved Testing Lab label. Door U-value shall be equal to or less than window U-values (up to 1% of openings U-value may be excluded (i.e. less than Table U-value) to allow for decorative glazing, fancy doors or skylights.

Note 5. R-value of insulation installed between floor joists.

Note 6. Use only if floor is not insulated or basement is conditioned. All doors and windows are included in window area. Stud walls shall be insulated same as Wall R-value. This applies to both "Code" basement walls (50% below grade) and walls in daylight basements that are less than 50% below grade. Code approved insulation be let exposed, all other insulation shall be covered with ½" gypsum (or other approved 15 minute thermal barrier).

Local Building Officials may develop additional tables for their area.

You are deemed to comply with the 1996 Georgia Energy Code if you build using one of these options.


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Climate Zone 4500 HDD or less (North GA & Mountains) Low-rise residential WOOD FRAMING No Foam Insulation shall be installed within 6" of the ground on the outside of any wall (for detached one and two family dwellings only

Option No.

Flat Ceiling Insulation R-value

Wall R-value

Window & Door Area

Window U-value R-value

Floor R-value

Masonry Basement Wall R-value

Double pane metal with thermal break

35A67

R-38

R-13

10.4%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

35B67

R-38

R-14

11.1%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

35C67

R-38

R-15

11.5%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

35D67

R-38

R-16

12.1%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

35E67

R-38

R-17

12.6%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

35F67

R-38

R-19

13.1%

0.67 (R-1.49)

R-19

R-7

Double pane wood or vinyl

35A56

R-38

R-13

12.8%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

35B56

R-38

R-14

13.7%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

35C56

R-38

R-15

14.1%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

35D56

R-38

R-16

14.8%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

35E56

R-38

R-17

15.4%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

35F56

R-38

R-19

16.0%

0.56 (R-1.79)

R-19

R-7

Double pane wood or vinyl low-e

35A52

R-38

R-13

14.20

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35B52

R-38

R-14

14.9%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35C52

R-38

R-15

15.4%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35D52

R-38

R-16

16.1%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35D52

R-38

R-17

16.8%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35F52

R-38

R-19

17.4%

0.52 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

Double pane wood or vinyl, low-e, inert gas

35A47

R-38

R-13

15.8%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35B47

R-38

R-14

16.8%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35C47

R-38

R-15

17.3%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35D47

R-38

R-16

18.2%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35E47

R-38

R-17

18.8%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

35F47

R-38

R-19

19.6%

0.47 (R-1.92)

R-19

R-7

Double pane wood or vinyl, low-e, inert gas & ½" air space or triple pane

35A43

R-38

R-13

17.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

35B43

R-38

R-14

18.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

35C43

R-38

R-15

19.3%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

35D43

R-38

R-16

20.2%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

35E43

R-38

R-17

20.9%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

35F43

R-38

R-19

21.7%

0.43 (R-2.33)

R-19

R-7

High performance double pane low-e, inert gas ½" air space

35A35

R-38

R-13

23.0%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

35B35

R-38

R-14

24.2%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

35C35

R-38

R-15

24.9%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

35D35

R-38

R-16

25.9%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

35E35

R-38

R-17

26.7%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

35F35

R-38

R-19

27.8%

0.35 (R-2.58)

R-19

R-7

Note 1. May use R-19 on slope ceilings and under HVAC up to 25% of ceiling Area

Note 2. Wall R-value is R-value of cavity insulation plus stabilized (aged) R-value of sheathing rounded down to a whole number. 25% of exterior gross wall area may have plywood, OSB or gypsum (garage walls).

Note 3. Total area of all windows and doors in conditioned areas.

Note 4. Window and Door U-values are per U-value Default Table For Windows, Glazed Doors, Non-Glazed Doors & Skylights or approve Testing Lab label. Door U-value shall be equal to or less than window U-values (up to 1% of openings U-value may be excluded (i.e less than Table U-value) to allow for decorative glazing, fancy doors or skylights.

Note 5. R-value of insulation installed between floor joists.

Note 6. Use only if floor is not insulated or basement is conditioned. All doors and windows are included in window area. Stud walls shall be insulated same as Wall R-value. This applies to both "Code" basement walls (50% below grade) and walls in daylight basements that are less than 50% below grade. Code approved insulation may be left exposed, all other insulation shall be covered with ½" gypsum (or other approved 15 minutes thermal barrier).

You are deemed to comply with the 1996 Georgia Energy Code if you build using one of these options.


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The "Deemed to Comply" Approach

3500 HDD (Greater Atlanta Area) SINGLE STEP ENERGY CODE COMPLIANCE You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your structure meets the following conditions.

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling

2. Your building shall not be larger in size than 5,000 square feat of conditioned floor space

3. Your building site must be located in an area of the state where climatic conditions shown in Chapter 3 of The Energy Code are 3500 Heating Degree Days (HDD) or less

4. Your building is three stories or less in height

5. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values listed below

6. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 19.0% of the gross (conditioned space) wall area

7. You shall comply with the Energy Code requirements for limiting air infiltration

8. Equipment efficiencies required by the Energy Code shall be observed

-Openings in gross wall area

19.0% Maximum

-Ceiling insulation*

R-30

-Floor Insulation

R-13

-Wall insulation, Fiberglass Batts

R-13

-Insulating Sheathing

R-3

-Basement Masonry wall insulation

R-7

-Slab Perimeter Insulation***

R-0

-Windows, Double Pane or Single pane with Storm Window

R-1.79 (U-0.56)

   

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values

These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". This was done so this method could apply to almost all one and two family residential construction built in Georgia (except mountains). If you must change one or more of the R-values listed to a lower R-value, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Climate Zone Table or Tradeoff Worksheet. You may use one of the "Chapter Approaches" of the actual CABO Model Energy Code 1995 Edition.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall state how you plan to meet the Georgia State Energy Code. When using this method you are not required to turn in any additional paperwork.

* Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and HVAC platforms may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 batts do not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portion of the ceilings is insulated to R-30.

** Plywood, OSB, or gypsum on garage walls may be used on 25% of opaque wall to meet corner bracing/structural requirements.

*** Unheated slabs, for heated slab consult local Building Official

The "Deemed to Comply" Approach 4500 HDD or Less (Mountains of North Georgia) SINGLE STEP ENERGY CODE COMPLIANCE

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your structure meets the following conditions.

1 .Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling

2. Your building shall not be larger in size than 5,000 square feet of conditioned floor space

3. Your building site must be located in an area of the state where climatic conditions shown in Chapter 3 of The Energy Code are 4500 Heating Degree Days (HDD) or less

4. Your building is three stories or less in height

5. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values listed below

6. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 17.8% of the gross (conditioned space) wall area

7. You shall comply with the Energy Code requirements for limiting air infiltration

8. Equipment efficiencies required by the Energy Code shall be observed

-Openings in gross wall area

17.8% Maximum

-Ceiling insulation*

R-30

-Floor Insulation

R-19

-Wall insulation, Fiberglass Batts

R-13

-Foam Sheathing Insulation**

R-4

-Basement Masonry wall insulation

R-8.5

-Slab Perimeter Insulation***

R-4

-Windows, Double Pane or Single pane with Storm Window

R-1.92 (U-0.52)

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values

These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". This was done so this method could apply to almost all one and two family residential construction built in south Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values listed to a lower R-value, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Climate Zone Table or Tradeoff Worksheet. You may use one of the "Chapter Approaches" of the actual CABO Model Energy Code 1995 Edition.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall state how you plan to meet the Georgia State Energy Code. When using this method you are not required to turn in any additional paperwork.

* Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 batts do not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portion of the ceilings is insulated to R-38.

** May use Plywood/OSB for corner and required wall bracing 20% of gross wall area.

*** Unheated slabs, for heated slab use R-8 insulation. May eliminate slab-on-grade insulation by increasing the wall R-value by R-1 or increasing ceiling insulation from R-30 to R-38.

The "Deemed to Comply" Approach 4500 HDD (Mountain Area) SINGLE STEP ENERGY CODE COMPLIANCE

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your structure meets the following conditions.

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling

2. Your building shall not be larger in size than 5,000 square feet of conditioned floor space

3. Your building site must be located in an area of the state where climatic conditions shown in Chapter 3 of The Energy Code are 4500 Heating Degree Days (HDD) or less

4. Your building is three stories or less in height

5. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values listed below

6. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 16.2% of the gross (conditioned space) wall area

7. You shall comply with the Energy Code requirements for limiting air infiltration

8. Equipment efficiencies required by the Energy Code shall be observed

-Openings in gross wall area

16.1% Maximum

-Ceiling insulation*

R-38

-Floor Insulation

R-19

-Wall insulation, Fiberglass Batts

R-13

Insulating Sheathing

R-3

-Basement Masonry wall insulation

R-7

-Slab Perimeter Insulation***

R-0

-Windows, Double Pane or Single pane with Storm Window

R-1.92 (U-0.52)

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values

These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". This was done so this method could apply to almost all one and two family residential construction built in Georgia (except mountains). If you must change one or more of the R-values listed to a lower R-value, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the offer methods to show compliance, such as the Climate Zone Table or Tradeoff Worksheet. You may use one of the "Chapter Approaches" of the actual CABO Model Energy Code 1995 Edition

At the time a permit is requested, you shall state how you plan to meet the Georgia State Energy Code.

When using this method you are not required to turn in any additional paperwork.

* Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation and HVAC Platforms may be insulated with R-19 bars, provided the R-19 batts do not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portion of the ceilings is insulated to R-38.

** Plywood, OSB or gypsum on garage walls may be used on 25% of opaque wall to meet corner bracing/structural requirements.

*** Unheated slabs, for heated slab consult the Local Building Official

*The 1995 CABO Model Energy Code with Georgia Supplements and Amendments is hereby further amended by amending Section 702.1.3 of Chapter 7 to read as follows:

702.1.3

Modify 402.3.2 by adding the following: "Slab perimeter insulation shall be done in accordance with the trade-off procedures of this Chapter or ASHRAE published procedures."

* The 1995 CABO Model Energy Code with Georgia Supplements and Amendments is hereby further amended by revising figure 3 in Chapter 8 and by adding a figure 4 to Chapter 8 and renumbering the remaining figures as follows:


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ANNUAL FARENHEIT (Celsius) HEATING DEGREE DAYS (in thousands) (65° F. BASE) 1Insulation shall be installed at least the minimum distance shown in the table below measured from the top of the slab. 2Slab edge insulation is not required for unheated slabs in areas of very heavy termite infestation probability as shown in Figure 4 contained in Chapter 8.

For SI: 1 h*ft.2. °F./Btu = 0.176 m2. k/W. °F. = 1.8°C. ÷ 32.

HEATING DEGREE DAYS MINIMUM DISTANCE

HEATED 500-5,999 24 inches
SLABS [GREATER -THAN OR EQUAL TO]6,000 48 inches
UNHEATED 2,500-5,999 24 inches
SLABS [GREATER -THAN OR EQUAL TO] 6,000 48 inches

FOR SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm

Rule 110-11-1-.05 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Regarding Assisted Living Facilities and Fire Dampers

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

* Add to Section 311.2 a residential occupancy in the R2 subclassification to read as follows:

Chapter 3

Occupancy Classification

Section 311 Residential Occupancy-Group R

311.2 Subclassifications

R2:

Assisted living facilities having residents with prompt or slow evacuation capabilities. (NOTE: "prompt or slow evacuation capabilities" as defined by NFPA)

* Said building code is further amended by adding an exception to section 704.3 entitled "Tenant Fire Separation" to read as follows:

Chapter 7

Fire Resistance Materials and Construction Section

704 Fire Resistant Separations

704.3 Tenant Fire Separations

704.3.1

EXCEPTION:

2. In buildings housing residential assisted living facilities with 24 hour custodial care and oversight, non-fire rated partitions may be used to separate tenants.

and renumbering the existing Exception as number "1".

* Said building code is further amended by amending exception 1, subparagraph 3 of section 705.1.2.4 to read as follows:

Chapter 7

Fire Resistance Materials and Construction Section

705 Protection of Openings

705.1.2 Protection of Openings in Interior Walls

705.1.2.4

subparagraph 3

1. the duct shall not exceed 100 sq. inch (0.06m2), except when the entire building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system complying with NFPA 13.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE

* Amend exception 1 of subparagraph 3 of Section 610, Paragraph 610.1.3 to read as follows:

Chapter 6

Duct Systems

Section 610 Fire Protection of Ducts

610.1 Fire Dampers

610.1.3 Exceptions

subparagraph 3.

1. the duct shall not exceed 100 sq. inch (0.06m2), except when the entire building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system complying with NFPA 13.

Rule 110-11-1-.06 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Regarding Wood Frame Construction

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

Add to Section 202, Definitions, a definition for "Shearwall Segment" as follows:

SHEARWALL SEGMENT - a wall or portion thereof which transfers in plane lateral shear loads to a wall or foundation below and resists overturning.

* Said building code is further amended by adding an "Exception 5" to Section 1606.1.1 Determination of Wind Forces, as follows:

Exceptions:

5. Provisions of AF&PA "Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family dwellings - 1995 SBC High Wind Edition" shall be permitted for applicable wood frame buildings of Group R3 occupancy

* Said building code is further amended by adding a Section 2313 entitled "Perforated Shearwalls" as follows:

2313 Wind Provisions

2313.1 General

All buildings for which a wind analysis is required, according to 1606.1 and which are constructed partially or wholly of wood or wood based materials shall be designed in accordance with the provisions of 2313 and Chapter 23.

2313.2.1 Shearwall Segments

The total allowable shearwall capacity (lbs.) of each full-height shearwall segment without openings shall be equal to the allowable shear capacity (plf) times the length of the wall segment. Where the dead load stabilizing moment per 1606.4 is not sufficient to prevent overturning due to moment loads on the wall, an anchoring device with a capacity equal to the allowable shear capacity (p11) times the wall height shall be provided at each end of the shearwall segment. All anchoring devices shall maintain a continuous load path to the foundation. The capacity of shearwalls with openings shall be adjusted in accordance with 2313.2.2

2313.2.2 Openings in Shearwalls

Where openings are located within the shearwall segment, the wall shall be entirely sheathed with structural sheathing, including areas above and below openings. If areas above and below remain unsheathed, the height of the unrestrained openings shall be the height of the wall. The allowable shear capacity (p11) determined in 2313.2.1 shall be adjusted in accordance with Table 2313.2.2 based upon the maximum opening height and the percentage of shearwall segments containing full-height sheathing. The total allowable shear capacity (lbs.) shall be equal to the adjusted allowable shear capacity (plf) times the length of full-height sheathing.

Table 2313.2.2

Shear Capacity Adjustment Factors

Maximum Unrestrained Opening Height (H)(1)

(Window or Door Height)

H/3

H/2

2H/3

5H/6

H

 

8' Wall

2'-8"

4'-0"

5'-4"

6'-8"

8'-0"

10' Wall

3'4"

5'-0"

6'-8"

8'-4"

10'-0"

Percent

Full-Height Effective Shear Capacity Factors

Sheathing (2)

0% 1.00 0.67 0.50 0.40 0.33
10% 1.00 0.69 0.53 0.43 0.36
20% 1.00 0.71 0.56 0.45 0.38
30% 1.00 0.74 0.59 0.49 0.42
40% 1.00 0.77 0.63 0.53 0.45
50% 1.00 0.80 0.67 0.57 0.50
60% 1.00 0.83 0.71 0.63 0.56
70% 1.00 0.87 0.77 0.69 0.63
80% 1.00 0.91 0.83 0.77 0.71
90% 1.00 0.95 0.91 0.87 0.83
100% 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00

1. H - the height of the tallest opening in the shearwall.

2. The sum of the length of a shearwall that is sheathed its full height divided by the length of the shearwall segment.

2313.2.3 Shear Capacities of Dissimilar Materials.

The allowable shear capacity of shearwall segments sheathed on both sides, with similar or dissimilar materials, shall equal the sum of the shear capacity of each separate side.

2313.2.4 Wood Structural Panel Diaphragm Shear Capacities.

The allowable shear capacities in Table 23 l0.2A for horizontal wood structural panel diaphragms shall be increased 40 percent for wind design.

2313.2.5 Wood Structural Panel Shear Wall Capacities.

The allowable shear capacities in Table 23 l0.2B for wood structural panel shear walls shall be increased 40 percent for wind design.

2313.3 Wall Stud Bending Stress Increases

The fiber stress bending (Fb) design values for wood studs, in the NDS supplement shall be increased by the factors in Table 2313.3, in lieu of the 1.15 repetitive member factor to take into consideration the load sharing and composite actions provided by the structural sheathing. Where the studs are designed for bending in accordance with 1606.2.5, spaced no more than 16 inches on center, covered on the inside with a minimum of 1/2 inch gypsum board fastened in accordance with Table 2306.1, or its equivalent, and sheathed with a minimum of 3/8 inch structural sheathing that is attached to the studs using a minimum of 8d common nails spaced a maximum of 6" o.c. at panel edges and 12" o.c. in the field of the panels.

Table 2313.3

Wall Stud Bending Stress Increase Factors

Stud Size System Factor
2x4 1.5
2x6 1.4
2x8 1.3
2x10 1.2
2x12 1.15

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

1995 CABO ONE-AND-TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

* Section 502.3 of the 155 CABO One-and-Two Family Dwelling Code is amended to read as follows:

502.3 Allowable spans.

Joists, girders and floor sheathing shall comply with Sections 502.3.1 through 502.3.3 and Section 503 or AF&PA "Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family Dwellings - 1995 SBC High Wind Edition."

* Said CABO Code is further amended by amending Section 602.3 to read as follows:

602.3 Exterior Walls.

Exterior walls of wood-frame construction shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and Figures 602.3a and 602.3b or in accordance with the provisions of AF&PA "Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family Dwellings - 1995 SBC High Wind Edition."

* Said CABO Code is further amended by amending Section 802.2 to read as follows:

802.2 Design and construction

Roof Ceilings of wood construction shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or with the "AF&PA NDS-1991 "National Design Specifications for Wood Construction", the "CWC-1987 'Canadian Dimension Lumber Data Book", the "WWPA- 1992 Western Lumber Span Tables for Floor and Ceiling Joists and Roof Rafters", the "Southern Pine Maximum Spans for Joists and Rafters" or the AF&PA "Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family Dwellings - 1995 SBC High Wind Edition".

* Said CABO Code is further amended by adding the following Reference Standard to Section 4702:

Section 4702

Referenced Standards

AF&PA. Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family Dwellings - 1995- SBC High Wind Edition.

Rule 110-11-1-.07 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Regarding Resolution of Technical Differences Between The Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and the Life Safety Codes

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

* Amend the Standard Building Code, 1994 edition, as follows:

INTRODUCTION

In 1995, a joint task force was appointed by the Department of Community Affairs and the Safety Fire Commissioner's office. The task force was developed to assist in resolving conflicts between the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction adopted and amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted and amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Technical requirements which are addressed by the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction as amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards as amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the authority having jurisdiction shall apply the following mandatory provisions.

These provisions were adopted by the Board of Community Affairs on June 10, 1998 and are a mandatory part of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and shall be used in conjunction therewith.

Other amendments adopting the recommendation of the joint task force are contained in the Georgia State Mechanical Code, the Georgia State Gas Code, the Georgia State Fire Prevention Code and the Georgia State One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

The State's minimum requirements for definitions shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. Definitions not specifically addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code the Life Safety Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception No. 1 Definitions established by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Exception No. 2 Definitions relating to occupancy classifications and sub-classifications shall be established by the Life Safety Code.

CHAPTER 3 AND CHAPTER 4

OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATIONS OR SUBCLASSIFICATIONS

The State's minimum requirements for occupancy classifications or subclassifications including the definitions thereof shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Occupancy classifications or subclassifications including the definitions thereof not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 6

CONSTRUCTION TYPES

The State's minimum requirements for building construction types shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code including allowable height and building areas and requirements for sprinkler protection related to minimum building construction types. Areas not specifically addressed by the Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code, the Life Safety Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: Health care, nursing care, ambulatory health care, and detention occupancies shall comply with the minimum construction requirements of the Life Safety Code and the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

CHAPTER 7

SECTION 705

VERTICAL OPENINGS

The State's minimum requirements for protection of vertical openings shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 8

INTERIOR FINISHES

The State's minimum requirements for interior finishes shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 9

SECTION 903

SPRINKLERS

The State's minimum requirements for fire sprinkler systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: Fire sprinkler systems required by minimum construction requirements shall be established by the Building Code.

CHAPTER 9

SECTION 904

STANDPIPES

The State's minimum requirements for standpipes shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Life Safety Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. The requirements for occupant hoses have been eliminated in new and existing buildings subject to approval by the authority having jurisdiction.

CHAPTER 9

SECTION 905

FIRE ALARMS

The State's minimum requirements for fire alarm systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 9

SECTION 905; SUBSECTION 905.2

AUTOMATIC FIRE DETECTION; SMOKE DETECTORS

The State's minimum requirements for smoke detection systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code, the One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: State's minimum requirements for smoke detectors specifically established by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2.

CHAPTER 10

MEANS OF EGRESS

The State's minimum requirements for means of egress and all components thereof, shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement. The Life Safety Code shall require a smoke proof enclosure of each exit from high rise buildings.

Exception No.1 Means of egress from mezzanines shall be established by Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

Exception No. 2 State' minimum requirements for smoke proof enclosures shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

CHAPTER 10

SECTION 1005; SUBSECTION 1005.6

MEZZANINES

The State's minimum requirements for means of egress from mezzanines shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code, the Life Safety Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 34

EXISTING BUILDINGS

The State's minimum requirements for existing buildings shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE CABO

ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE, 1995 EDITION

* Amend the 1995 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code as Follows:

INTRODUCTION

In 1995, a joint task force was appointed by the Department of Community Affairs and the Safety Fire Commissioner's office. The task force was developed to assist in resolving conflicts between the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction adopted and amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted and amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Technical requirements which are addressed by the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction as amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards as amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the authority having jurisdiction shall apply the following mandatory provisions.

These provisions were adopted by the Board of Community Affairs on June 10, 1998 and are a mandatory part of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and shall be used in conjunction therewith.

Other amendments adopting the recommendation of the joint task force are contained in the Georgia State Mechanical Code, the Georgia State Building Code, the Georgia State Fire Prevention Code and the Georgia State Gas Code.

CHAPTER 3

SECTION 316

SMOKE DETECTORS

The State's minimum requirements for smoke detection systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code, the One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: State's minimum requirements for smoke detectors shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

STANDARD GAS CODE, 1994 EDITION

* Amend the Standard Gas Code, 1994 edition, as follows:

INTRODUCTION

In 1995, a joint task force was appointed by the Department of Community Affairs and the Safety Fire Commissioner's office. The task force was developed to assist in resolving conflicts between the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction adopted and amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted and amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Technical requirements which are addressed by the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction as amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards as amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the authority having jurisdiction shall apply the following mandatory provisions.

These provisions were adopted by the Board of Community Affairs on June 10, 1998 and are a mandatory part of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and shall be used in conjunction therewith.

Other amendments adopting the recommendation of the joint task force are contained in the Georgia State Mechanical Code, the Georgia State Building Code, the Georgia State Fire Prevention Code and the Georgia State One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

GAS FIRED APPLIANCES

The State's minimum requirements for gas fired appliances shall be established by the National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54.) Areas not specifically addressed by NFPA 54 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code the Gas Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 9

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES (LP)

NATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE (NFPA 54)

The State's minimum requirements for LP gases shall be established by NFPA 58. Areas not specifically addressed by NFPA 58 and which are addressed by NFPA 54 or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code, NFPA 54 or the Standard Gas Code shall be used as a supplement.

Note: NFPA 58 is the Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE, 1994 EDITION

* Amend the Standard Fire Prevention Code, 1994 edition, as follows:

INTRODUCTION

In 1995, a joint task force was appointed by the Department of Community Affairs and the Safety Fire Commissioner's office. The task force was developed to assist in resolving conflicts between the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction adopted and amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted and amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Technical requirements which are addressed by the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction as amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards as amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the authority having jurisdiction shall apply the following mandatory provisions.

These provisions were adopted by the Board of Community Affairs on June 10, 1998 and are a mandatory part of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and shall be used in conjunction therewith.

Other amendments adopting the recommendation of the joint task force are contained in the Georgia State Mechanical Code, the Georgia State Building Code, the Georgia State Gas Code and the Georgia State One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

The State' minimum requirements for the storage, handling, use, and transportation of hazardous materials, such as but not limited to flammable and combustible liquids, flammable gases, compressed gases, explosives, blasting agents, oxidizers, toxic gases, fireworks and cryogenic materials shall be established by the State' Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted by the Safety Fire Commissioner. Areas not specifically addressed by the Fire Codes and Standards and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

CHAPTER 6

SECTION 603; SUBSECTION 603.3

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

The State's minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Fire Prevention Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Life Safety Code or the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE, 1994 EDITION

* Amend the Standard Mechanical Code, 1994 edition, as follows:

INTRODUCTION

In 1995, a joint task force was appointed by the Department of Community Affairs and the Safety Fire Commissioner's office. The task force was developed to assist in resolving conflicts between the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction adopted and amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards adopted and amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Technical requirements which are addressed by the State's Minimum Standard Codes for Construction as amended by the Department of Community Affairs and the State's Minimum Fire Codes and Standards as amended by the Safety Fire Commissioner and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the authority having jurisdiction shall apply the following mandatory provisions.

These provisions were adopted by the Board of Community Affairs on June 10, 1998 and, are a mandatory part of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction and shall be used in conjunction therewith.

Other amendments adopting the recommendation of the joint task force are contained in the Georgia State Mechanical Code, the Georgia State Building Code, the Georgia State Fire Prevention Code and the Georgia State One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT (HVAC)

The State's minimum requirements for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment (HVAC) shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Mechanical Code and which are addressed by NFPA 90A and NFPA 90B, the NFPA Standards 90A and 90B shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: Health care, nursing care, ambulatory health care and detention occupancies shall comply with NFPA 90A, NFPA 90B and the Mechanical Code.

CHAPTER 5

SECTION 504

COMMERCIAL HOODS

The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Codes and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code, the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement.

SECTION 505

GREASE HOOD DUCT SYSTEMS

The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Codes and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code, the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement.

SECTION 506

EXHAUST OUTLETS

The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Codes and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code, the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement.

SECTION 507

FIRE EXTINGUISHING EQUIPMENT

The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Codes and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code, the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement.

Rule 110-11-1-.08 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Effective January 1, 1999

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

Chapter 7, Fire Resistant Materials and Construction

Section 704 Fire resistant Separations

704.2 Interior Wall and partition Separation Requirements

704.2.1 General

* Amend 704.2.1.5 to read as follows:

704.2.1.5 All fire and/or smoke barriers or walls shall be effectively and permanently identified with signs or stenciling above a decorative ceiling and/or in concealed spaces with letters a minimum of two (2) inches high on a contrasting background spaced a maximum of twelve (12) feet on center with a minimum of one per wall or barrier. The hourly rating shall be included on all rated barriers or walls. Suggested wording: (______) Hour Fire and Smoke Barrier-Protect All Openings."

Exception: Existing stenciling acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

704.2.3 Partitions Within Tenant Space

*Amend 704.2.3.2 to read as follows:

704.2.3.2 Exit access corridors are not required to be rated on any single tenant floor or in any single tenant space in a Group B building when the building is protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system and smoke detectors installed in supply air are arranged to shut down mechanical ventilation systems in accordance with the Standard Mechanical Code.

Table 705.4.4

* Add to Table 705.4.4 the following:

Add C1 and C2 under the cross reference entitled "Penetrations through 2 floors maximum (Connecting 3 stories maximum) and Factory -Built Appliance Vents and Chimneys (under N).

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Section 1004

Arrangement of Exits

* Add the following language at the end of subsection 1004.1.4 of section 1004.1 Arrangement of Exits to read as follows:

For additional requirements relative to smoke and heat vents, refer to the Standard Fire Prevention Code, 1994 Edition, section 3607 (with Georgia amendments).

* Delete Section 1004.1.4.1 in its entirety and substitute the following:

1004.1.4.1 Smoke and Heat Vents and Curtain Boards

1. Smoke and heat vents shall be approved and shall be operated automatically by actuation of a heat-responsive device rated at between 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) and 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) above ambient. Smoke and heat vents shall activate fully when the vent cavity is exposed to a simulated fire or a time-temperature gradient that reaches an air temperature of 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) within 5 minutes. Smoke and heat vents shall have the capability of being opened by an approved manual operation.

2. The minimum dimension of any smoke and heat vent opening shall be 4 feet (1.22 m).

3. Smoke and heat vents and curtain boards shall be installed in accordance with Table 1004.1.4.

4. In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s) and smoke removal is provided entirely by an engineered mechanical smoke removal system(s), curtain boards are not required.

* Add an exception number 2 to 1004.1.4.2 to read as follows:

Exception 2: In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s) and smoke removal is provided entirely by an engineered mechanical smoke removal system(s), curtain boards are not required. and number the current exception as "Exception 1".

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE, 1995 EDITION

Chapter 202 Definitions

* Amend the definition of "basement" in Section 202 as follows:

BASEMENT. A basement shall not be considered as a story if the finished surface of the floor above the basement is:

1. Less than 6 feet (1829 mm) above grade plane; or

2. Less than 6 feet (1829 mm) above the finished ground level for more than 50 percent of the building perimeter; and

3. Is less than 12 feet (3658 mm) above finished ground level around the entire building perimeter.

Chapter 5 Floors

Section 502 Floor Framing

502.3.2 Joists under bearing partitions

* Revise Section 502.3.2 to read as follows:

502.3.2 Joists under bearing partitions. Joists under parallel bearing partitions shall be doubled or a beam of adequate size to support the load shall be provided. Double joists which are separated to permit the installation of piping or vents shall be solid blocked spaced not more than 4 feet (1219 mm) on center. Bearing partitions perpendicular to joists shall not be offset from supporting girders, wall or partitions more than the joist depth, unless such joists are of sufficient size to carry the additional load.

Chapter 8 Roof-Ceiling Construction

Section 807 Attic Access

807.1 Accessible attic access

* Revise section 807.1 to read as follows:

807.1 Accessible attic access. A readily accessible attic access framed opening not less than 22 inches by 30 inches (559 by 762 mm) shall be provided to any attic area having clear height of over 30 inches (762 mm) and a depth of 72 inches (1,829 mm).

Chapter 26 Fuel-Gas Piping

Section 2607 Piping Joints and Connections

2607.6 Appliance connection

* Revise section 2607.6, Appliance Connection, to read as follows:

Section 2607.6 Appliance Connection. Gas appliances and equipment shall be connected to the building piping by rigid metallic pipes, semi-rigid metallic tubing, or a listed and labeled gas appliance connector used in accordance with the terms of its listing. Labeled metal appliance connectors shall have an overall length not to exceed 3 feet (914 mm), except range and domestic clothes dryer connections, which may not exceed 6 feet (1829 mm) in length. Connectors shall be sized to provide the total demand of the connected appliance. Connectors shall not be concealed within or extended through walls, floors or partitions. The connection of an indoor appliance with any type of gas hose is prohibited. Outdoor portable appliances may be connected with an approved outdoor hose connector not to exceed 15 feet (4572 mm) in length, provided it connects outdoors to approved gas piping including an approved valve at the inlet of the hose connector. Appliances may be connected to fuel gas piping with a listed quick-disconnect devise.

Inside Diameter of Connector

Capacity of Natural Gas in CFH that will give a Pressure drop of 0.2 inches water column at:

2 feet long

4 feet long

6 feet long

¼ inch

18

14

11

3/8 inch

42

32

26

½ inch

86

65

52

5/8 inch

112

94

74

¾ inch

184

136

110

1 inch

386

280

220

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD GAS CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 3 Gas Piping and Installation

Section 305 Required Size of Piping and Outlets 305.6 Sizing Requirements for Special Conditions.

* Revise Section 305.6.3 to read as follows:

305.6.3 In lieu of the method specified in 305 for determining building piping size, piping sizes may be determined by the use of accurate gas flow, computers or pressure drop charts, both of which must be acceptable to the administrative authority, so long as the maximum pressure drop from point of delivery to any appliance does not fall below the minimum pressure required for proper equipment operation.

Section 306 Piping Materials and Workmanship

306.4 Piping Joints and Fittings

* Revise Section 306.4.1.3 to read as follows:

Fittings (except stop cocks or valves) shall be malleable iron or steel when used with steel or wrought iron pipe and shall be copper or copper alloy, bronze or brass when used with copper or brass pipe or tubing.

306.10 Shutoff Valves.

* Revise Section 306.10 to read as follows:

Shutoff valves (stop-cocks) shall comply with ANSI Z21.15, ANSI Z21.21, ANSI B16.33 or ANSI/UL 842.

Section 308 Concealed Piping

308.6 Piping in partitions and walls Revise section 308.6 to read as follows:

Concealed piping may be located in hollow partitions and hollow walls, but shall not be located in solid partitions and solid walls, unless installed in a chase or casing. Tubing located in hollow partitions and walls shall be installed in compliance with the provisions of 902.4 and 1005.3

Section 311 Test of Piping for Tightness

311.1 Procedure and Precautions

* Revise section 311.1 to read as follows:

Before any system of consumers' gas piping is finally put in service, it shall be carefully tested to assure that it is gas tight. When repairs or additions are made, a careful inspection of the work and a test of the connections with a leak detecting solution or other leak detecting methods shall be performed. Where any part of the system is to be enclosed or concealed, this test should precede the work of closing in. To test for tightness, the piping shall be filled with air or inert gas, but not with any other gas or liquid. In no case shall oxygen ever be used.

Chapter 4 Appliance Installation

Section 402 Requirements

402.4 Air For Combustion and Ventilation

402.4.2

* Revise Section 402.4.2 to read as follows:

402.4.2 The provisions of 402.4 are not intended to apply to (1) direct vent appliances which are constructed and installed so that all air for combustion is derived from the out side atmosphere and all flue gases are discharged to the outside atmosphere, or (2) enclosed furnaces which incorporate an integral total enclosure and use only outside air for combustion and dilution of flue gases, or (3) appliances installed in garages.

402.4.3 Unconfined Spaces

* Delete Exception and substitute the following:

EXCEPTION: Where appliances are installed in unconfined spaces, within a building of unusually tight construction, air for combustion, ventilation, and draft hood dilution must be obtained from outdoors or from spaces freely communicating with the outdoors. Under these conditions, a permanent opening or openings shall be provided and located and sized in compliance with the provisions of 402.4.4.3 or 402.4.4.4.

402.4.4 Confined Spaces

* Delete Section 402.4.4.2 and substitute the following:

Where appliances are installed in a confined space and all air for combustion and ventilation is obtained from outdoors, the confined space shall be provided with one or two permanent openings in compliance with the provisions of 402.4.4.3 or 402.4.4.4.

* Add Section 402.4.4.3 to read as follows:

402.4.4.3 When one opening is used and the appliance has a minimum clearance of 1 inch (25 mm) on the sides and back and 6 inches (152 mm) on the front, the opening shall be within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the confined space. The opening shall communicate directly, or by ducts, with outdoors or spaces (attic) that freely communicate with the outdoors, as follows:

1. When communicating with the outdoors through an opening, or vertical or horizontal duct, the opening shall have a minimum free area of I square inch per 3,000 Btu per hour (825 mm2/kW) of the input rating of all appliances in the enclosure but no smaller than the vent flow area.

2. When a duct is used, it shall have at least the same cross-sectional area as the free area of the openings to which they connect. The minimum dimension of the rectangular air duct shall not be less than 3 inches (76 mm).

3. In calculating free area, consideration shall be given to the blocking effect of a louver, grille or screen protecting the opening.

4. The duct or opening for combustion or ventilation air shall be covered with corrosion-resistant screen of not less than 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) mesh.

* Add Section 402.4.4.4 to read as follows:

402.4.4.4 When two openings are provided, one opening shall be within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top and one within 12 inches (305 mm) of the bottom of the enclosure, each opening having a minimum free area of 19 sq. in (12 258 mm2). The openings shall communicate directly, or by ducts, with outdoors or spaces (crawl or attic) that freely communicate with outdoors, as follows:

1. When directly communicating with the outdoors, each opening shall have a minimum free area of I sq. in per 4,000 Btu per hour (550 mm2/kW) of total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure. (See Fig. 402.4B).

2. When communicating with the outdoors through vertical ducts, each opening shall have a minimum free area of I sq. in per 4,000 Btu per hour (550 mm2/kW) of total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure. (See Fig. 402.4C).

3. When communicating with the outdoors through horizontal ducts, each opening shall have minimum free area of 1 sq. in per 2,000 Btu per hour (1100 mm2/kW) in total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure. (See Fig. 402.4D).

4. When ducts are used, they shall have at least the same cross-sectional area as the free area of the openings to which they connect. The minimum dimension of rectangular air ducts shall not be less than 3 inches (76 mm). Any duct from the top opening must be horizontal or pitched upward.

Section 403 Appliance Connections to Building Piping

403.1 Connecting Gas Appliances

* Revise Section 403.1.2 to read as follows:

Each gas appliance shall have an accessible gas shutoff valve or listed gas convenience outlet located no farther than 6 ft (1829 mm) from the appliance, installed upstream from the union, connector or quick- disconnect device they serve, and in the same room as the appliance. This section shall not prohibit the use or installation of gas shutoff valves in the firebox of fireplaces serving listed gas decorative appliances.

Chapter 6 Venting of Appliances

Section 608 Vents

608.6 Venting into Vent Used for Other Fuels.

* Revise Section 608.6 to read as follows:

608.6.1 A gas appliance automatically controlled may be connected through separate openings to a vent which also serves equipment for the combustion of liquid fuel, or may be connected through a single opening if joined as close as practical to the vent. If two or more openings are provided into one vent, they should be at different levels.

608.6.2 A gas appliance shall not be connected to a vent serving a separate appliance designed to burn solid fuel.

Section 611 Sizing of Category 1 Appliance Venting Systems

* Delete section 611 in its entirety and substitute the following:

For provisions regarding sizing of category 1 appliance venting systems, refer to Part 11 of the National Fuel Gas Code/NFPA 54, 1996 edition.

Chapter 10 2-PSI Gas Piping

Section 1005 Gas Piping

1005.3 Piping In Partitions

* Delete section 1005.3 and substitute the following:

1005.3 Gas Piping. This provision shall not apply to tubing that pierces walls, floors or partitions. Tubing shall be permitted to be installed vertically and horizontally inside hollow walls or partitions without protection along its entire concealed length provided:

A steel striker barrier no less than 0.0508 inch (1.3mm) thick, or equivalent, is installed between the tubing and the finished wall and extends at least a minimum of 4 inches (102mm) beyond concealed penetrations of plates, fire stops, wall studs, etc., or per manufacturer's specifications and the tubing is installed in single runs and is not rigidly secured

Chapter 11 Reference Standards

1101.1 Standards List

* Add following reference standard:

Standard Designation

Section

NFPA 54/ANSI Z223.1-1996, National Fuel Gas Code

611.1

NFPA 58-1995, Storage and Handling of Liquefied

  

Petroleum Gases

1304

1101.2.1 Standards for Material Specifications

* Revise section to read as follows:

Copper Alloy Fittings

ANSI/ASME B16.22-89 Wrought Copper and Copper Alloy Solder Joint Pressure Fittings

ANSI/ASME B16.26-88 Cast Copper Alloy Fitting for Flared Copper Tubes

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 2, Definitions and Abbreviations

Section 202, Definitions

* Amend the definition for Building Code as follows:

BUILDING CODE - the Standard Building Code, 1994 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with the Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code as adopted by the Board of Community Affairs.

* Amend the definition of Fire Official as follows:

FIRE OFFICIAL - For purposes of this Code shall be the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner or appropriate local fire code enforcement authority or local fire marshal charged with the administration and enforcement of the Fire Prevention Code.

* Add a definition for NFiPA as follows:

NFiPA - National Fire Protection Association. The designation when used in the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code applies to the National Fire Protection Association codes and standards adopted and modified in the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.

* Add a definition for Overcrowding as follows:

OVERCROWDING - A condition that exists when either there are more people in a building, structure or portion thereof than have been authorized or posted by the authority having jurisdiction, or when the authority having jurisdiction, or his or her representative, determines that a threat exists to the safety of the occupants due to persons sitting and/or standing in locations so that in the event of an emergency, said persons may obstruct or impede the use of aisles, passages, corridors, stairways, exists, or other components of the means of egress.

* Amendment the definition of Written Notice as follows:

Delete the definition of WRITTEN NOTICE without substitution.

Chapter 3, Recognized Standards and Publications

Section 301, General

* Amend Section 301, to read as follows:

Under "National Fire Protection Association: delete the edition year of the referenced NFiPA codes and standards and insert under the word "NFiPA Standards" the following:

The year edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA or NFiPA) standards listed herein under 301.1 are not applicable for the purposes of this Code. Where the provisions of this Code reference NFiPA or NFPA standards, codes or practices, the specific editions and any modifications thereto shall be those adopted by the various Chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.

Chapter 4, Permits and Certificates

Section 401, General Provisions

* Delete the section in its entirety and substitute the following:

401 General Provisions. The provision of O.C.G.A. Chapter 25-2, or other applicable state laws, and of the applicable Chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner or the Rules and Regulations of local jurisdictions regarding the requirements for certificates, licenses, permits, plan review, inspections, approvals, fees, etc., shall apply.

Section 402, Permits by Use

* Delete this section in its entirely without substitution.

Chapter 5, General Precautions Against Fire

Section 501.7, Charcoal, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or Liquid Fired Burners

* Add a new section 501.7, Charcoal, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or Liquid Fired Burners, to read as follows:

Section 501.7 Charcoal, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or Liquid Fired Burners. No Charcoal or liquefied petroleum gas or liquid fueled burners shall be kindled or maintained on balconies or within 10 feet of combustible patios on ground floors.

Exception: Single-family dwellings.

Section 504.7.2

* Amend Section 504.7.2 to read as follows:

504.7.2 All fire and/or smoke barriers or walls shall be effectively and permanently identified with signs or stenciling above a decorative ceiling and/or in concealed spaces with letters a minimum of two (2) inches high on a contrasting background spaced a maximum of twelve (12) feet on center with a minimum of one per wall or barrier. The hourly rating shall be included on all rated barriers or walls. Suggested wording: (______) Hour Fire and Smoke Barrier-Protect All Openings."

Exception: Existing stenciling acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

Chapter 6, Fire Protection

Section 603, Installation and Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Appliances 603.1, Installation

* Add a new section 603.1.6 to read as follows:

Section 603.1.6 Provisions in excess of the minimum Code requirements shall, as a minimum, be installed to meet the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standard(s) which may be applicable to the provision at the time of the installation. Any non-required fire protection system which is added onto, or interconnected with any required fire protection system (of a similar type), shall be designated, installed and maintained in accordance with the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standard(s) which may be applicable to the provision at the time of its installations.

Exception No 1: Other installations not conforming with the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standard(s) applicable to the provision at the time of its installation if approved by the authority having jurisdiction. Such installations shall be reported and filed with the local responding fire department and the authority having jurisdiction. In addition, such systems shall be identified as required by the authority having jurisdiction.

Exception No 2: Non-required systems designed, reviewed, installed and approved in accordance with local codes and/or ordinances.

Section 603.10

* Delete Section 603.10 in its entirety without substitution. See Section 904 of the Standard Building Code, 1994 edition (with Georgia Amendments) for requirements regarding standpipes.

Section 603.11

* Delete Section 603.11 in its entirety without substitution. See Section 904 of the Standard Building Code, 1994 edition (with Georgia Amendments) for requirements regarding standpipes.

Section 603.12.1

* Delete Section 603.12.1 in its entirety without substitution.

Chapter 8, Maintenance of Exit Ways

Section 802.2, Overcrowding

* Delete Section 802.2, Overcrowding, in its entirety and substitute the following:

802.2 Overcrowding. Overcrowding of a building or structure is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the manager and the person in charge of a building, structure, or portion thereof not to allow an overcrowded condition to exist, and to take prompt action to remedy an overcrowded condition when evidence of such a condition is noted, or when advised or ordered by the Fire Official or his/her representative.

Section 803, Doors

* Delete Section 803 in its entirety without substitution.

Section 804, Corridors and Exterior Exit Balconies

* Delete Section 804 in its entirety without substitution.

Section 805, Stairways and Ramps

* Delete Section 805 in its entirety without substitution.

Section 806, Exit Enclosures

* Delete Section 806 in its entirety without substitution.

Section 807, Exit Illumination and Signs

* Delete Section 807 in its entirety without substitution. Section 808, Movable Furniture

Section 808, Movable Furniture

* Delete Section 808 in its entirety without substitution.

Section 810, Elevator Warning Signs

* Delete Section 810 in its entirety without substitution.

Chapter 9, Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Section 902, Tank Storage

902.1 Restricted Locations

* Revise Section 902.1.1 to read as follows:

902.1.1 The storage of flammable or combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited within the following limits. No aboveground storage tank for Class I flammable liquids shall be erected within 300 feet of any school, church, hospital, theater or public hall. A public hall shall be defined as any building regularly used for public assembly for purposes of amusement, instruction, religious worship or other meetings. Additional location requirements shall be as specified in NFiPA 30 as adopted in Chapter 120-3-11 of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner. The local fire official shall have the authority to prohibit or limit the storage of flammable and combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of building in Fire Districts established by the local jurisdiction.

902.7 Connections

* Revise section 902.7.1 to read as follows:

902.7.1 Vent pipes from tanks storing flammable or combustible liquids shall be so located that the discharge point is outside of the buildings. The vent shall terminate above normal snow levels, but in any case not less than 8 feet (2.4 m) above the fill opening and not less than 12 feet (3.6 m) above the adjacent ground level. Such pipes shall discharge only upward or angled upward in order to disburse vapors. Vent pipes 2 inches (51 mm) or less nominal inside diameter shall not be obstructed by devices that will cause excessive back pressure. Vent pipe outlets shall be so located that flammable vapors will not enter building openings or be trapped under eaves or other obstructions. Vent pipes shall be provided with vacuum and pressure relief devices as required in NFiPA 30, or there shall be an approved flame arrester located in the vent line at the outlet.

Section 904.2 Storage

904.2.8, General purpose public warehouses

* Delete section 904.2.8, General purpose public warehouses, and substitute the following:

904.2.8 General purpose public warehouses. Protected storage in building or in portions of such building cut off by approved fire walls shall be in accordance with Table 904B of this Code and unprotected storage in buildings or in portions of such building cut off by approved fire walls shall be in accordance with subparagraph 4-4.4.1 of NFiPA 30. Materials creating non-fire exposure hazard to the flammable or combustible liquids may be stored in the same area.

Table 904B

* Delete the Unprotected Storage portion of Table 904B in its entirely and substitute the following:

Unprotected Storage shall be in accordance with subparagraph 4-4.4.1 of NFiPA 30, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-11 of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.

Chapter 36, High-Piled Combustible Storage

3607.2 Smoke and Heat Vents and Curtain Boards

* Add a number 4 to section 3607.2, Smoke and Heat Vents and Curtain Boards, to read as follows:

4. In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s) and smoke removal is provided entirely by an engineered mechanical smoke removal system(s), curtain boards are not required.

3607.3 Mechanical Smoke Removal System

* Add an exception to 3607.3.2 Air Movement Formula, to read as follows:

Exception: In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s), the capacity of the smoke removal system(s) shall provide three air changes per hour (cph) based on the gross building volume when empty.

* Add a number 3 to 3607.3.4 as follows:

3. In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s), exhaust fans shall be uniformly spaced no more than 100 feet apart in one direction only. No spacing limitation is required in the other direction.

and renumber the current number 3 to "number 4".

* Delete number 3 in 3607.3.5 and substitute the following:

3. The fire department smoke removal control panel shall be in an approved location and shall be clearly identified. The control panel room shall be protected by not less than 1-hour fire rated construction or shall be located at an approved location in the exterior of the building. The control room shall be accessible from the exterior of the building.

Table 3607

* Add a note 2 to read as follows:

2. Curtain boards applicable to unsprinklered buildings only as specified in 3607.2.

3609.2 Access Doors

* Revise 3609.2 Access Doors, to read as follows:

3609.2 Access Doors. For fire fighting purposes, there shall be at least one access door in each 100 linear feet (30.5 m) or major fraction thereof of the exterior walls which face the access roadways required by 602.6 unless otherwise required in this code section. In exterior walls designed with continuous rolling dock doors which face access roadways, there shall be at least one access door in each 200 linear feet or fraction thereof. Required access doors shall be a minimum of 3 feet (9144 mm) wide and 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) high and shall be accessible without the use of a ladder. Rolling doors are acceptable for such purposes in buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s) unless otherwise approved for unsprinklered building by the fire official.

3612 ESFR Sprinkler System(s)

* Add a new section 3612 to read as follows:

3612 ESFR Sprinkler System(s). In buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic ESFR sprinkler system(s), neither smoke nor heat venting nor mechanical smoke removal systems are required.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 2 Definitions

202 Definitions

* Add the following definition.

ABSORPTION SYSTEM. --- A refrigerating System in which refrigerate is pressurized by pumping a chemical solution in absorbent and then separated by the addition of heat in a generator, condensed (to reject heat), expanded, evaporated (to provide refrigeration), and reabsorbed in an absorber to repeat the cycle; the system may be single or multiple effect, the latter using multiple stages or internally cascaded use of heat to improve efficiency.

Chapter 3 General Requirements

Section 304 Installation of HVAC and Refrigeration Equipment 304.6 Roof or Exterior Wall Installation.

* Revise subsection 304.6.2 of section 304.6 Roof or Exterior Wall Installation to read as follows:

304.6.2 Every appliance located on a roof of a building shall be installed on a substantial level platform. Whenever the roof has a slope 4:12 or greater, a level working platform not less than 30 inches (762 mm) deep shall be provided in front of the entire firebox and control sides of the appliance. All sides of any working platform facing any portion of the roof edge below the platform shall be protected by substantial railing 42 inches (1067 mm) high with vertical rails not more than 21 inches (533 mm) apart, except that parapets at least 24 inches (610 mm) high may be utilized in lieu of rails or guards. Required working platforms and railings may be omitted when access to the equipment is through a required roof scuttle and all of the following provisions are met:

1. The required scuttle is located immediately adjacent to the control side of the equipment unit.

2. All controls, filters, burners, fans and motors are accessible for service and repair within 2 ft (610 mm) of the edge of the equipment platform on the scuttle side.

3. The equipment platform is not more than 20 inches (508 mm) above the high side of the scuttle opening.

4. A substantial working platform not less than 30 inches (762 mm) by 30 inches (762 mm) shall be provided directly below the scuttle at a point not less than 30 inches (762 mm) or more than 32 inches (813 mm) below the high side of the scuttle opening.

5. Scuttles located on other than the roof incline side of the equipment unit shall have their lids or trap doors hinged on the low side of the scuttle.

Section 309 Electrical Connections

309.2 Underground Leads

* Delete 309.2 in its entirety and replace with the following:

309.2 Disconnects and receptacles. A 125 volt, single phase, 15 or 20 ampere-rated receptacle outlet shall be installed at a readily accessible location for the servicing of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. The disconnecting means for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment shall in no case be installed farther than 6 ft (1829 mm) from the service side of the equipment.

Chapter 4 Ventilation Air Supply

Section 406 Fan Shutdown Controls

406.1 Capacity from 2000 - 15000 CFM

* Delete 406.1 in its entirety and substitute the following:

406.1 Capacity greater than 2000 CFM. Recirculating air systems with a fan capacity greater than 2000 cfm (944L/s) shall automatically shut down by means of an approved smoke detector installed in the supply air stream.

Chapter 6 Duct Systems

Section 609 Plenums

609.1.2 Material

* Add item 4 to read as follows:

609.1.2 Material. Combustible material shall not be used in plenums unless it is properly protected or meets all standards of Class I Duct Material as defined by UL 181

Exceptions:

1. Thermal and acoustical materials complying with the requirements of 606.1.1 and 606.1.2.

2. Piping insulation materials complying with the requirements of 308.1.2.

3. Single and multiconductor low voltage and power limited electrical wire and cables tested in accordance with UL 910 and having a peak optical density not greater than 0.5O, an average optical density not greater than 0.15 and a flamespread of 5 ft (1524 mm) or less and classified as having adequate fire resistance and low smoke producing characteristics shall be permitted in concealed spaces such as spaces over suspended ceilings, plenums, ducts and other spaces used for environmental air handling purposes. Wiring meeting these requirements shall be listed and labeled as plenum cable.

4. Raceway for fiber optic cable tested in accordance with UL 910 and listed for use in spaces over suspended ceilings, plenums, ducts and other spaces for environmental air handling, shall be permitted provided that the raceway has a peak optical density not greater than 0.5O, an average optical density of 0.15 and a flamespread not greater than 5 ft (1524 mm). Optical fiber raceway shall be specifically marked for such use and shall be permitted only with plenum rated nonconductive type (OFNP) cable.

Section 612 Air Filters

* Revise section to read as follows:

All heating and air conditioning systems of the central type shall be provided with approved type air filters. Filters shall be installed in the return air, upstream from any heat exchanger or coil, in an approved convenient location, and shall be easily accessible for cleaning or replacement. Filters shall be of a type that will not burn freely or emit large volumes of smoke or other objectionable products of combustion when attacked by flames. Liquid adhesive coatings used on filters shall have a flash point not lower than 325°F (163°C).

Exception: Fan powered induction units, induction units and heating fans using integral electric heater or electric duct heating coils which are located above ceilings or in return air ceiling plenums may omit filters, provided they are conveying previously filtered air from a central type air conditioning unit which also serves the occupied space.

Chapter 7 Combustion Air

Section 704 Combustion Air - Liquid and Gas Fuel Equipment 704.4 Combustion air from outdoors

* Delete Section 704.4 and substitute the following:

704.4 Combustion Air From Outdoors. Where appliances are installed in confined space, and all air for combustion and ventilation is obtained from outdoors, the confined space shall be provided with one or two openings, in compliance with the provisions of 704.4.1 or 704.4.2.

* Add Section 704.4.1 to read as follows:

704.4.1 When one opening is used and the appliance has a minimum clearance of 1 inch (25 mm) on the sides and back and 6 inches (152 mm) on the front, the opening shall be within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the confined space. The opening shall communicate directly, or by ducts, with outdoors or spaces (attic) that freely communicate with the outdoors, as follows:

1. When communicating with the outdoors through an opening, or vertical or horizontal duct, the opening shall have a minimum free area of 1 square inch per 3,000 Btu per hour (825 mm2/kW) of the input rating of all appliances in the enclosure but no smaller than the vent flow area.

2. When a duct is used, it shall have at least the same cross-sectional area as the free area of the openings to which they connect. The minimum dimension of the rectangular air duct shall not be less than 3 inches (76 mm).

3. In calculating free area, consideration shall be given to the blocking effect of a louver, grille or screen protecting the opening.

4. The duct or opening for combustion or ventilation air shall be covered with corrosion-resistant screen of not less than l/4-inch (6 35 mm) mesh.

* Add Section 704.4.2 to read as follows:

704.4.2 When two openings are provided, one opening shall be within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top and one within 12 inches (305 mm) of the bottom of the enclosure, each opening having a minimum free area of 19 sq. in (12 258 mm2). The openings shall communicate directly, or by ducts, with outdoors or spaces (crawl or attic) that freely communicate with the outdoors, subject to the following:

1. When directly communicating with the outdoors, each opening shall have a minimum free area of 1 sq. in per 4,000 Btu per hour (550 mm2/kW) of total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure.

2. When communicating with the outdoors through vertical ducts, each opening shall have a minimum free area of I sq. in per 4,000 Btu per hour (550 mm2/kW) of total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure.

3. When communicating with the outdoors through horizontal ducts, each opening shall have a minimum free area of 1 sq. in per 2,000 Btu per hour (1100 mm2/kW) of total input rating of all appliances in the enclosure.

4. When ducts are used, they shall have at least the same cross-sectional area as the free area of the openings to which they connect. The minimum dimension of rectangular air ducts shall be not less than 3 inches (76 mm). Any duct from the top opening must be horizontal or pitched upward.

5. In calculating free area, consideration shall be given to the blocking effect of louvers, grilles or screens protecting openings.

Chapter 8 Chimneys and Vents

Section 806 Masonry Chimneys for Residential Type Appliances

806.2 Liners

* Delete Section 806.2.6 and substitute the following:

806.2.6 Lining systems, other than fire clay tile flue liners, shall be listed in accordance with UL 1777 or equivalent, and shall be installed in accordance with the terms of the listing and the manufacturer's instructions.

* Delete Section 806.2.7 and substitute the following:

806.2.7 The remaining open space surrounding a flue lining system, or other vent installed within a masonry chimney, shall not be used as a vent for any other appliance. This shall not prevent installation of a separate flue liner in the remaining space if installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and this code

806.4 Clearance

* Delete Section 806.4.1 and substitute the following:

806.4.1 Any portion of a masonry chimney located within the outer surface of the building envelope, shall have a minimum air space clearance of 2 inches (51 mm) to combustible material. Chimneys located entirely outside the exterior walls of the building, including chimneys that pass through the soffit or cornice, shall have a minimum air space clearance of 1 inch (25 mm). The air space shall not be filled, except to provide firestopping in accordance with 805.5

Exception: Air space clearance shall not be required where the masonry chimney is equipped with a chimney lining system listed for use in chimneys in contact with combustibles in accordance with UL 1777, and the lining system is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Noncombustible firestopping shall be provided in accordance with 805.5.

Section 807 Masonry Chimneys for Low-Heat Appliances

807.4 Clearance

* Delete Section 807.4.1 and substitute the following:

807.4.1 Any portion of a masonry chimney located within the outer surface of the building envelope, shall have a minimum air space clearance of 2 inches (51 mm) to combustible material. Chimneys located entirely outside the exterior walls of the building, including chimneys that pass through the soffit or cornice, shall have a minimum air space clearance of 1 inch (25 mm). The air space shall not be filled, except to provide firestopping in accordance with 805.5

Exception: Air space clearance shall not be required where the masonry chimney is equipped with a chimney lining system listed for use in chimneys in contact with combustibles in accordance with UL 1777, and the lining system is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Noncombustible firestopping shall be provided in accordance with 805.5.

Section 814 Chimney Connectors and Vent Connectors

814.8 Installation

* Delete Section 814.8.4 and substitute the following:

814.8.4 Connectors for residential appliances as defined in Table 811, passing through combustible walls or partitions shall be protected as required in 814.8.4.1, 814.8.4.2 or 814.8.4.3.

814.8.4.1 The connector shall be listed for passing through combustible walls and shall be installed according to the listing and manufacturer's instructions.

814.8.4.2 A connector accessory listed for passing connectors through combustible walls shall be used to carry the connector through the wall. The connector accessory shall be installed according to its listing and manufacturer's instructions.

814.8.4.3 The connector installation meets all of the following:

1. The connector has a diameter no larger than 10 inches (254 mm). Concealed metal parts of the pass-through system in contact with flue gases shall be of stainless steel or equivalent material that resists corrosion, softening, or cracking up to 1800°F ' (982°C)

2. Insulation material used as a part of a wall pass through shall be noncombustible and shall have a thermal conductivity of 1.0 Btu-in/sq. ft°F (0.144W/m2.k) or less.

3. All clearances and thickness are minimums.

4. Materials used to close up openings for the connector must be non-combustible

5. Connectors for all systems, except System B, shall extend through the wall pass through system to the inner face of the liner, and

6. The connector is installed according to one of the systems in Table 814C.

* Delete Section 814.8.12 and substitute the following:

814.8.12 Connection of appliances to chimney flues serving fireplaces shall conform to the following:

1. Closure and Accessibility. A noncombustible seal shall be provided below the point of connection to prevent entry of room air into the flue. Means shall be provided for access to the flue for inspection and cleaning.

2. Connection to Factory-Built Fireplace Flue. A different appliance shall not be connected to a flue serving a factory-built fireplace unless the appliance is specifically listed for such installation. The connection shall be made in conformance with the appliance manufacturer's instructions.

3. Connection to Masonry Fireplace Flue. A connector shall extend from the appliance to the flue serving a masonry fireplace such that the flue gases are exhausted directly into the flue. The connector shall be accessible or removable for inspection and cleaning of both the connector and the flue. Listed direct connection devices shall be installed according to their listing.

Chapter 13 Fuel Gas Piping

Section 1303 Natural Gas Piping

* Revise Section 1303 to read as follows:

All natural gas fuel piping shall be sized, installed, tested, and placed in operation in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate sections of the NFPA 54/ANSI Z 223.1 (The National Fuel Gas Code).

Section 1304 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Piping

* Revise Section 1304 to read as follows:

All LPG gas fuel piping shall be sized, installed, tested, and placed in operation in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate sections of the NFPA 54/ANSI Z 223.1 (The National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 58.

Chapter 16 Reference Standards

Section 1601 Referenced Standards

* Revise Section 1601 to include the following referenced Standards:

ASHRAE Handbook - HVAC Systems and Equipment

NAIMA Fibrous Glass Duct Liner Standard, First Edition, 1994

NFPA 54-1996 National Fuel Gas Code ANSI\ Z223.1

NFPA 58-1995 Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases

UL 181A, Part I, Part II, Part III, Second Edition, 1994 Closure Systems For Use With Rigid Air Ducts and Air Connectors

UL 181B, Part I, Part II, 1995, Closure Systems For Use With Flexible Air Ducts and Connectors.

UL 1777-95, Chimney Liners

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD PLUMBING CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 4 Plumbing Fixtures

Table 406 Maximum Allowable Water usage for Plumbing Fixtures

* Revise Table to read as follows:

Water closets, flushometer tank or close coupled 2-piece gravity-flush type 1.6 gal/flush5
Water Closets 1.6 gal/flush
Urinals 1.0 gal/flush
Residential sink and lavatory faucets 2.2 gal/minute6
Public lavatory faucets, metering type2 0.25 gal/minute
Public lavatory faucets, where metering type is not required 0.5 gal/minute
Showerheads3,4 2.5 gal/minute

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE

NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, 1996 EDITION

Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection

Article 210 Branch Circuits

210-70. Lighting Outlets Required

* Add exception:

Exception No. 4: No lighting is required in a attic area having a clear height of 30 inches (762 mm) or less and a overall depth of 72 inches (1.829 mm) or less to be measured parallel with the rafters.

Article 450 Transformers and Transformer Vaults

450-27 Oil-Insulated Transformers Installed Outdoors

* Add a new section between the current second and third paragraphs of 450-27 to read as follows:

(a) Space separation as required by this Section shall be as follows:

1. Transformer pad locations shall be a minimum of 10'-0" from any buildings, building overhangs, canopies, exterior walls, balcony, exterior stairs and/or walkways connected to the building.

2. Transformer pad edge shall be no less than 14'-0" from any doorway.

3. Transformer pad edge shall be no less than 10'-0" from any windows or other openings.

4. If the building has an overhang the 10'-0" clearance shall be measured from a point below the edge of the overhang only if the building is 3 stories or less. If the building is 4 stories or nor, 10'-0" shall be measured from the outside building wall.

5. Fire escapes, outside stairs, and covered walkways attached to or between buildings shall be considered as a part of the building.

Exception No. 1 (to 1-5 above): Transformer pads may be located closer than the above required minimum clearances upon written approval of the authority having jurisdiction. In no case shall the transformer location be less than 3'-0" from the building.

Exception No. 2: Transformer pads existing prior to December 31, 1994 are exempted from this requirement. When buildings are modified, reductions in space separations may be less than the above required minimum clearances upon written approval of the authority having jurisdiction.

Chapter 7 Special Conditions

Article 700 Emergency Conditions

* Add new sections G, H, I, J, K, and L as follows:

G. Emergency Systems for Existing Buildings

700-27. Scope. The provisions of Sections 700-27 through 700-48 shall apply only to buildings that were constructed or approved for construction on or after April 1, 1968 but prior to March 1, 1979. The provision of Section 700-27 through 700-48 apply to the installations, operation and maintenance of circuits, systems and equipment intended to supply illumination and power in the event of failure of the normal supply or in the event of accident to elements of a system supplying power and illumination essential for safety to life and property where such systems or circuits are legally required by Municipal, state, Federal or other codes or by a governmental agency having jurisdiction.

700-28. Other Requirements. All requirements of the National Electrical Code shall apply to emergency systems except as modified by sections 700-27 though 700-48 (see section 700-27).

700-29. Equipment Approval. All equipment shall be approved for use on emergency systems (see section 700-27).

700-30. Tests and Maintenance.

1. Conduct Test or Witness Test. The authority having jurisdiction shall conduct or witness a test ton the completed system upon instillation and periodically afterwards.

2. Test Periodically. Systems shall be tested periodically on a schedule acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction to assure their maintenance in proper operating condition.

3. Battery systems Maintenance. Where battery systems or unit equipments are involved, including batteries used for stating, control, or ignition in auxiliary engines or prime movers, the authority having jurisdiction shall require periodic maintenance.

4. Written Record. A written record shall be kept of such tests and maintenance (see section 700-27).

700-31. Capacity. Emergency systems shall have adequate capacity and rating for the emergency operation of all equipment connected to the system (see section 700-27).

H. Source of Power for Existing Buildings.

700-32. Systems. Current supply shall be such that in the event of failure of the normal supply to or within the building or group of buildings concerned, emergency lighting or emergency power or both emergency lighting and power, will be immediately available. The supply system for emergency purposes may comprise one or more of the types of systems covered in Section 700-33 to section 700-36. Unit equipment in accordance with section 700-48 shall satisfy the applicable requirements of section 700-27 through 700-48.

Consideration must be given to the type of service to be rendered, whether of short time duration, as for exit lights of a theater, or of long duration as for supplying emergency power and lighting due to a long period of current failure from trouble either inside or outside the buildings, as in the case of a hospital or nursing home.

Assignment of degree of reliability of the recognized emergency supply system depends upon the careful evaluation of the variables at each particular installation (see section 700-27).

700-33. Storage Battery. One service, in accordance with Article 230 and a storage better of suitable rating and capacity to supply and maintain at not less than 91 percent of system voltage the total load of the circuits supplying emergency lighting and emergency lighting and emergency power for a period of at least ½ hour.

Batteries, whether of the acid or alkali type, shall be designed and constructed to meet the requirements of emergency service. When of the lead-acid type, this shall include low gravity acid (1.20 to 1.22 SP-GR), relatively thick and rugged plates and separators, and a transparent jar (see section 700-27).

700-34. Generator Set. One service, in accordance with Article 230, and a generator set driven by some form of prime mover and of sufficient capacity and proper rating to supply circuits carrying emergency lighting or lighting and power, with suitable means of automatically starting the prime mover on failure of the normal service. For hospitals or nursing homes, the transition time from instant of failure of the normal power source to the emergency generator source shall no exceed ten (10) seconds (see section 700-27 and section 700-30).

700-35. Separate Service. Two services, each in accordance with Article 230, widely separated electrically and physically to minimize possibility of simultaneous interruption of supply (see section 700-27).

700-36. Connection Ahead of Service Disconnection Means. Connections on the line side of the maid service if sufficiently separated from main service to prevent simultaneous interruption of supply through an occurrence within he building or group of buildings served (see section 700-27).

700-37. Auxiliary Source. The requirements of section 700-31 and section 700-32 shall also apply to installation where the entire electrical load on a service or sub-service is arranged to be supplied from a second source. Current supply from a standby power plant shall satisfy the requirements of availability in section 700-32 (see section 700-27).

700-38. Derangement Signals. Audible and visual devices shall be provided where practicable for the following purposes (see section 700-27):

1. To give warning of derangement of the emergency or auxiliary source.

2. To indicate that the battery or generator is carrying the load.

3. To indicate when battery charger is properly functioning.

I. Emergency Circuits for Lighting and Power for Existing Buildings

700-39. Loads on Emergency Branch Circuits. No appliances and no lamps, other than those specified as required for emergency use, shall be supplied by emergency lighting circuits(see section 700-27).

700-40. Emergency Illumination. Emergency illumination shall include all required exit lights and all other lights specified as necessary to provide sufficient illumination (see section 700-27).

Emergency lighting systems should be so designated and installed that the failure of any individual lighting element, such as the burning out of a light bulb, cannot leave any space in total darkness 9see section 700-27).

700-41. Circuits for Emergency Lighting. Branch circuits intended to supply emergency lighting shall be so installed as to provide service immediately when the normal supply for lighting is interrupted. Such installations shall provide either one of the following (see section 700-27):

1. An emergency lighting supply, independent of the general lighting system, with provisions for automatically transferring, by means of devices approved for the purpose, the emergency lights upon the event of failure of the general lighting system supply.

2. Two or more separate and complete systems with independent power supply, each system providing sufficient current for emergency lighting purposes. Unless both systems are used for regular lighting purposes and are both kept lighted, means shall be provided for automatically energizing either system upon failure of the other. Either or both systems may be part of the general lighting system of the protected occupancy of circuits supplying lights for emergency illumination are installed in accordance with other sections of this article.

700-42. Circuits for Emergency Power. For branch circuits which supply equipment classed as emergency, there shall be an emergency supply source to which the load will be transferred automatically and immediately upon the failure of the normal supply (see section 700-27).

700-43. Independent wiring. Emergency circuit wiring shall be kept entirely independent of all other wiring and equipment and shall not enter the same raceway, box, or cabinet with other wiring except (see section 700-27):

Exception No. 1: In transfer switches.

Exception No. 2: In exit or emergency lighting fixtures supplied from two sources. J. Controls for Existing Buildings.

700-44. Switch Requirements. The switch or switches installed in emergency lighting circuits shall be so arranged that only authorized persons will have control of emergency lighting except (see section 700-27):

Exception No. 1: Where one or more single throw switches are connected in parallel to control a single circuit, at least one of these switches shall be accessible only to authorized person.

Exception No. 2: Additional switches which act only to put emergency lights into operation but not is connect them are permissible.

Switches connected in series or three and four way switches shall not be used.

700-45. Switch Location.

1. All manual switches for controlling emergency circuits shall be in locations convenient to authorized persons responsible for their actuation. In places of assembly such as theaters, a switch for controlling emergency lighting systems shall be located in the lobby or at a place conveniently accessible thereto (see section 700-27).

2. In no case shall a control switch for emergency lighting in a theater or notion picture theater be placed in a motion picture projection booth of on a stage, except that where multiple switches are provided, one such switch may be installed in such location when so arranged that it can energize, but not disconnect, the circuit (see section 700-27).

700-46. Other Switches.

1. Exterior Lights. Those lights on the exterior of the building which are not required for illumination when there is sufficient daylight may be controlled by an automatic light-actuated device approved for the purpose (see section 700-27).

2. Existing Building Corridors. Switching arrangements to transfer corridor lighting in patient areas of health care occupancies from overhead fixtures to fixtures designed to provide night lighting may be permitted, provided the switching system is so designed that switches can only select between two sets of fixtures and cannot extinguish both sets at the same time (see section 700-27).

K. Over Current Protection for Existing Buildings

700-47. Accessibility. The branch-circuit Over current devices in emergency circuits shall be accessible to authorized persons only (see section 700-27).

L. Unit Equipments for Existing Buildings

700-48. Unit Equipment. Where permitted by the authority having jurisdiction, in lieu of other methods specified elsewhere in this Article, individual unit equipment for emergency illumination shall consist of (a) a battery, (b) battery charging means when a storage battery is used, (c) one or more lamps, and (d) a relaying device arranged to energize the lamps automatically upon failure of the normal supply to the building. The batteries shall be of suitable rating and capacity to supply and maintain at not less than 91 percent of rated lamp voltage the total lamp load associated with the unit for a period of at least ½ hour. Storage batteries whether if the acid or alkali type shall be designed and constructed to meet the requirement of emergency service. When of the lead-acid type, the storage battery shall have a transparent jar (see section 700-27).

Unit equipment shall be permanently fixed in place (i.e., not portable) and shall have all wiring to each unit installed in accordance with the requirements of any of the wiring methods in Chapter 3. They shall not be connected by flexible cord. The supply circuit between the unit equipment and the service, feeders, or the branch circuit wiring shall be installed as required by Section 700-43. Emergency illumination fixtures which obtain power from a unit equipment and are not part of the unit equipment shall be wired to the unit equipment as required by section 700-43 and by one of the wiring methods of Chapter 3 (see section 700-27).

Rule 110-11-1-.09 Adoption of Amendments to Codes Effective January 1, 2000

The following amendments to codes are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 STANDARD BUILDING CODE

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Section 1005 Special Exit Requirement

* Revise subsection 1005.6 Mezzanines, to read as follows:

The State's minimum requirements for means of egress from mezzanines shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

Chapter 16 Structural Loads

Section 1609 Load Combinations

* Revise Section 1609.2 regarding strength design to read as follows:

Except for load combinations which include seismic, load factors for ultimate strength of concrete, LRFD of wood and plastic design or LRFD of steel shall be indicated in the appropriate design standards referenced in this code. (Remainder of section unchanged)

Chapter 19 Concrete

Section 1906 Mixing and Placing Concrete

* Add a new Section 1906.1.2 to read as follows:

1906.1.2 Cells and cavities in masonry units of foundation and basement walls shall be cleaned of all trash, debris, wood scraps, and other extraneous content before concrete placement.

Chapter 23 Wood

Section 2301 Scope

* Add the following standard to subsection 2301.2.5:

American Forest and Paper Association

AF&PA/ASCE 16-95 Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD)

Standard for Engineered Wood Construction.

*Revise subsection 2301.4.7 to read as follows:

Hardwood and decorative plywood shall be manufactured and identified as required in ANSI/HPVA HP-1.

Section 2304 Protection Against Decay and Termites

*Add a new Section 2304.6 to read as follows:

2304.6 All Concrete or mortar excess along the exterior foundation perimeter shall be broken away and removed prior to chemical soil treatment of the exterior in order to enhance penetration of the chemical into the soil which is directly adjacent to the exterior.

Chapter 26 Plastic

Section 2603 Foam Plastic Insulation

* Add an exception to subsection 2603.1.3 to read as follows:

1. Where an approved method of protecting the foam plastic and structure from subterranean termite damage is provided.

(renumber the remaining exceptions)

Chapter 35 Reference Standards

Section 3502 Referenced Standards

* Add the following standard:

Standard Designation Section

AF&PA/ASCE Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Standard for Engineered Wood Construction. 16-95 2301.2.5

* Delete reference standard ANSI/HPMA HP-83, NfoPA Design Values for Joists and Rafters and NfoPA National Design Specification for Wood Construction 1991 and Design Values for Wood Construction, July 1991, NfoPA Span Table for Joist and Rafters, 1993, NfoPA Technical Report No. 7. The Permanent Wood Foundation System, 1/87, NfoPA Wood Construction Data No. 5 Heavy Timber Construction Details, 1990 and substitute the following standards respectively:

Standard Designation Section

ANSI/HPVA HP-1-1994 Hardwood and decorative Plywood 2301.4.7
AF & PA Design Values for Joists and Rafters, 1997 2301.5

ANSI/AF&PA National Design Specification for Wood Construction

709.6.3.3

(NDS®), 1997 and Design Values for Wood Construction, 1997, 1707.3.1 a Supplement to the National Design Specification

2301.2.5
   2310.3.2
   2310.4.3
   2311.3.2
   2311.4.2
   2312.4
   2312.4.5.1
   312.4.5.2
   2312.4.6
AF&PA Span Table for Joist and Rafters, 1993 2307.3.1
   2309.1.1
AF&PA Technical Report No. 7, The Permanent Wood Foundation System, 1/87 1804.8
   2306.3
AF & PA Wood Construction Data No. 5,Heavy Timber Construction Details, 1990 2301.2.5

Section 3505 Organizations

* Change the names and addresses of the HPMA and the NfoPA respectively, to read as follows:

HPVA

Hardwood Plywood & Veneer

Association

P. O. Box 2789

Reston, Virginia 22090-2789

AF&PA

American Forest and Paper

Association

111 19th Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

(The remainder of the section is unchanged)

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE,1995 EDITION

Chapter 3 Building Planning

Section 323 Protection Against Termites

Subsection 323.1.1 Foam Plastics

* Add an exception number 2 (and number the existing exception "1") to subsection 323.1.1 Foam Plastics to read as follows:

2. Where an approved method of protecting the foam plastic and structure from subterranean termite damage is provided.

* Add a new Section 323.4 to read as follows:

323.4 Cells and cavities in masonry units of foundation and basement walls shall be cleaned of all trash, debris, wood scraps, and other extraneous content before concrete placement.

* Add a new Section 323.5 to read as follows:

323.5 All Concrete or mortar excess along the exterior foundation perimeter shall be broken away and removed prior to chemical soil treatment of the exterior in order to enhance penetration of the chemical into the soil which is directly adjacent to the exterior.

* Add a new Section 325 to read as follows:

325 Deck Construction

325.1 Application: The provisions of this section shall control the design and construction of exterior balconies, decks, and porches.

325.1.2 Requirements: Exterior decks, porches, and its structural elements shall be capable of accommodating all superimposed live, dead, and other loads according to Section 301 and all lateral loads in accordance with this code. Fills which support footings, shall be designed, installed and tested in accordance with accepted engineering practice.

325.2 Attachment to structure: Exterior decks, and porches shall be secured to a 11/2 inch main structural member by 1/2 inch bolts installed 32 inches on center or shall be self-supporting and attached as prescribed in 325.2.

325.2.1 Flashing: Exterior balconies, decks, and porches shall be flashed in accordance with Section 703.8.

325.3 Framing Details: Framing members shall be fastened in accordance with Table 602.3a using corrosion resistant fasteners or equivalent. Floor joists shall be supported by a minimum of 11/2 inch bearing surface.

325.4 Bracing: Adequate bracing shall be provided to resist lateral movement.

325.5 Footings: Footings shall comply with Section 403.

325.6 Guardrails: Guardrails shall comply with Section 315.3, and 315.4.

325.7 Stairs: Stairs leading from exterior balconies, decks, and porches shall comply with Section 314.

Chapter 4 Foundations

Section 403 Footings

Subsection 403.1 General

* Revise Subsection 403.1 so as to read as follows:

403.1 General All exterior walls shall be supported on continuous solid masonry or concrete footings, wood foundations, or other approved structural systems which shall be of sufficient design to support safely, the loads imposed as determined from the character of the soil and, except when erected on solid rock or otherwise protected from frost, shall extend below the frost line as specified in Table 301.2a. Minimum sizes for concrete or masonry footings and anchor bolt placement shall be set forth in Table 403.1 and Figure 403.1a. Footing for wood foundations shall be in accordance with the details set forth in Section 404.2, Figure 403.1b and 403.1c.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 6 Fire Protection

Section 603 Installation and maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Appliances

Subsection 603.3 Portable Fire Extinguishers

* Delete subsection 603.3 in its entirety and substitute the following:

603.3 Portable Fire Extinguishers The State's minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code but which are addressed by the Standard Fire Prevention Code or the Standard Building Code, the Standard Fire Prevention Code or the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

Chapter 9, Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Section 907 Service Stations

Subsection 907.3 Storage and Handling

* Delete subsection 907.3.5.6 in its entirety and substitute the following:

See NFiPA 30A, Section 2-4.2 Storage Tanks for requirements regarding storage tanks.

GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD PLUMBING CODE, 1994 EDITION

Chapter 5 Water Heaters

Section 506 Connections

* Add a sentence to the end of subsection 506.2 to read as follows:

Hot water supply systems in buildings, where the developed length of hot water piping from the source to the farthest fixture exceeds 100 feet, shall maintain heated water temperature in all supply piping to within 40 feet of any heated water outlet.

Chapter 6 Water Supply and Distribution

Section 607 Sizing of Water Distribution Systems

Subsection 607.9 Water Pressure Reducing Valve of Regulators

* Delete subsection 607.9.3 in its entirety.

* Delete subsection 607.9.4 in its entirety.

Chapter 7 Sanitary Drainage

Section 704 Building Sewer

Subsection 704.6 Minimum Size Building Sewer

* Revise Subsection 704.6 to read as follows:

No Building sewer can be less than 4 inches in size with the exception of a branch, not less than 2 inches in size, serving a detached garage, accessory building or forced lines.

Subsection 704.7 Back Water Valves

* Add a new subsection 704.7 Back Water Valves to read as follows:

704.7 Back Water Valves

704.7.1 Fixture Branches

Backwater valves shall be installed in the branch of the building drain, which receives only the discharge from fixtures located within the such branch on the same floor, and shall be located below grade. Where fixtures are located below the level of the top of the first upstream manhole, such fixtures shall be protected by a backwater valve.

704.7.2 Material

Backwater valves shall have all bearing parts of corrosion resistant material. Backwater valves shall comply with ASME A112.14.1, CSA CAN/CSA-B181.1, or CSA CAN/CSA-B181.2

704.7.3 Seal

Backwater valves shall be so constructed as to insure a mechanical seal against backflow.

704.7.4 Diameter

Backwater valves, when fully open, shall have a capacity not less than that of the pipes in which they are installed.

704.7.5 Location

Backwater valves shall be so installed to be accessible for service and repair.

Chapter 9 Vents

Section 902 Definitions

* Revise the definition of branch vent as follows:

BRANCH VENT - a vent connecting one or more individual vents with a vent stack, or stack vent or terminating in the open air.

Section 920 Size and Length of Vents

* Add a new section 920.4.1 to read as follows:

920.4.1 A branch vent shall only vent fixtures on the same floor level that connect to a horizontal branch or fixture branch.

Chapter 11 Storm Drainage

Section 1112 Backwater Valves

* Delete Section 1112 Backwater Valves in its entirety. Refer to Section 704.7 for requirements regarding backwater valves.

THE 1999 EDITION OF THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE WITH GEORGIA AMENDMENTS

* The 1999 Edition of the National Electrical Code is hereby adopted in its entirety as if quoted verbatim herein.

The following Georgia Amendments to the 1999 Edition of the National Electrical Code are adopted in conjunction thereto:

Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection

Article 210 Branch Circuits

Section 210-8(b)Other Dwelling Units

* Add a new location to the list of locations as follows:

3) Within 6 feet of a sink or basin, excluding those listed in Section 517-21.

Section 210-70 Lighting Outlets Required

* Amend subsection 210-70(a)(1) Habitable Rooms to read as follows:

(1) Habitable Rooms. At least one wall switch-controlled lighting outlet "to provide illumination" shall be installed in every habitable room and bedroom. "A lighting fixture shall be permitted to be installed meeting the requirements of Section 410-8(b), (c) and (d)."

* Add and exception to subsection 210-70(a)(3) Storage or Equipment Space to read as follows: Exception: No lighting is required in attic spaces that have no equipment and the space is less than 30" in continuous height for a distance of 72" in depth when measured perpendicular to the access opening. If a light fixture is installed in such spaces it shall meet the requirement of Section 410-8(a).

Article 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations

Section 220-30 Optional Calculation-Dwelling Unit

* Amend subsection 220-30(c)so as to read as follows:

(c) Heating and air-conditioning Load. Include the largest of the following five selections (load in kVA). 100 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of the air conditioning and cooling, including heat pump compressors.

100 percent of the nameplate ratings of electric thermal storage and other heating systems where the usual load is expected to be continuous at the full nameplate value. Systems qualifying under this selection shall not be calculated under any other selection in (c). 65 percent of the nameplate ratings(s) of the central electric space heating, including integral supplemental heating in heat pumps. 65 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of electric space heating if less than four separately controlled units. 40 percent of the nameplate ratings(s) of electric space heating if four or more separately controlled units.

Article 250 Grounding

Section 250-104 Bonding of Piping Systems and Exposed Structural Steel Subsection 250-104(b)Metal Gas Piping

* Add the following to subsection 250-104(b):

The bonding jumper shall be sized in accordance with Table 250-122 using the rating of the circuit that may energize the piping. The equipment grounding conductor for the circuit that may energize the piping shall be permitted to serve as the bonding means.

Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials

Article 333 Armored Cable

Section 333-3 Uses Permitted

* Add the following to Section 333-3:

Armored cable without the bonding strip inside the armor of the cable shall be limited for use only in existing installations and limited to six feet in any ground return path or be protected by GFCI or by AFCI when the cable exceeds six feet in length.

FPN: Armored cable without the bonding strip has a high impedance ground return path in lengths exceeding six feet and constitutes a fire or shock hazard due to ground faults.

Article 364 Busways

Section 364-9 Overcurrent Protection

* Revise Section 364-9 to read as follows:

(a) General. Overcurrent protection shall be provided in accordance with Sections 364-10 through 364-13.

(b) Residential Occupancies. Residential occupancies shall be ground-fault protected when provided for solidly grounded wye busways of more than 100 volt to ground, but not exceeding 600 volts phase-to-phase for each overcurrent device rated 1000 amperes or more.

Exception to (b): For existing buildings where records indicate the systems have been adequately maintained."

Chapter 4 Equipment for General Use

Article 410 Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps and Receptacles

Section 410-57(b)Wet Locations

* Delete Section 410-57(b) and substitute the following:

410-57 (b). Wet Locations a receptacle installed in a wet location shall be in a weatherproof enclosure, the integrity of which is not affected when the attachment plug cap is inserted or removed.

Chapter 6 Special Equipment

Article 695 Fire Pumps

Section 695-6 Power Wiring

Subsection 695-6(b)Circuit Conductors

* Amend subsection 695-6(b)so as to read as follows: They shall be permitted to be routed through a building(s) encased in 2 in. (50.8mm) of concrete, or they shall be permitted to be a listed electrical circuit protective systems with a minimum of 1-hour fire resistance with a minimum of 1-hour fire resistance.

Chapter 7 Special Conditions

Article 700 Emergency Systems

Section 700-9 Wiring, Emergency System

Subsection 700-9(d)(1) Fire Protection

* Amend subsection 700-9(d)(1) as follows: Delete letter (d) under subsection 700-9(d)(1) and reletter the remaining conditions.

Appendix D

* Correct Example No. D2 in Appendix D so as to read as follows:

Example No. D2(c). (Page 70-610) Optional Calculation for One- Family Dwelling with Heat Pump (Single-Phase, 240/120-Volt Service). (see Section 220-30).

Heat Pump and Supplementary Heat*:

20.76 kVA × 65% = 13.49 kVA

Totals   
Net general load 19,280 VA
Heat pump and supplementary heat 13,490 VA
Total 32770 VA

32.77 kVA × 1000 ÷ 240 V = A 136.5 A

This dwelling unit would be permitted to be served by a 150-A service.

Rule 110-11-1-.10 Adoption of 2000 Standard Plumbing, Mechanical and Gas Codes with Georgia Amendments and CABO Amendments Effective January 1, 2001

The following codes and amendments are hereby adopted by the Board of Community Affairs as amendments to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:


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THE GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD GAS CODE

(INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE)

WITH GEORGIA AMENDMENTS

* The Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) 2000 Edition is hereby adopted in its entirety as if quoted verbatim herein.

The following Georgia Amendments to the Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) are hereby adopted.

The STANDARD GAS CODE (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical, International Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Prevention Codes to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical, Building, Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Prevention Codes, respectively. The International Codes should be used when referenced issues are not addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient or performance rating of equipment.

* Revise the Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

(a) The State's minimum requirements for natural gas systems shall be established by the National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54). Areas not specifically addressed by NFPA 54 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), the Gas Code shall be used as the supplement.

(b) The State's minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120-gallon capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in Code as a guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 301GENERAL

* Revise Section 301.2 to read as follows:

301.2 Energy utilization. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems of all structures shall be designed and installed for efficient utilization of energy in accordance with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 303APPLIANCE LOCATON

* Revise Section 303.4 to read as follows:

303.4 Protection from physical damage. Appliances shall not be installed in a location where subject to physical damage unless protected by approved barriers. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 305INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 305.2 to read as follows:

305.2 Elevation of ignition source. Equipment and appliances having an ignition source shall be elevated such that the source of ignition is not less than 18 inches (457 mm) above the floor in hazardous locations and public garages, private garages, repair garages, automotive service stations and parking garages. Such equipment and appliances shall not be installed in Use Group H occupancies or control areas where open use, handling or dispensing of combustible, flammable or explosive materials occur. For the purpose of this section, rooms or spaces that are not part of the living space of a dwelling unit and that communicate directly with a private garage through openings shall be considered to be part of the private garage.

Exceptions:

1. Appliances that are approved and listed for such locations.

2. Appliances installed in an enclosure communicating directly with a garage in which all combustion air is taken from the outdoors and the enclosure is equipped with a solid weather-stripped door and self-closing device. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 307

CONDENSATE DISPOSAL

* Revise Section 307.2 to add an exception to read as follows:

307.2 Drain pipe materials and sizes.

Exception: If an approved condensate pump is used, the condensate line must be sized according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 4

GAS PIPING INSTALLATIONS

SECTION 404

PIPING SYSTEM INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 404.8 to read as follows:

404.8 Protection against corrosion. Metallic pipe or tubing exposed to corrosive action such as soil condition or moisture shall be protected in an approved manner. Ferrous metal exposed in exterior locations shall be protected from corrosion. When dissimilar metals are joined underground, an insulating coupling or fitting shall be used. Piping shall not be laid in contact with cinders. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 408

DRIPS AND SLOPED PIPING

* Revise Section 408.4 to read as follows:

408.4 Sediment trap. Where a sediment trap is not incorporated as a part of the gas utilization equipment, a sediment trap shall be installed as close to the inlet of the equipment as practical. The sediment trap shall be either a tee fitting with a minimum 3" (76 mm) long capped nipple in the bottom outlet or other configuration approved as an effective sediment trap. (Effective January 1, 2001)

Exception: Illuminating appliances, ranges, clothes dryers, decorative appliances for installation in vented fireplaces, decorative vented appliances and outdoor grills need not be so equipped unless required by manufacturer's installation instructions. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 409

SHUTOFF VALVES

* Revise Section 409.1.2 to add an exception to read as follows:

409.1.2 Prohibited locations.

Exception: Equipment shutoff valves required by the code shall be permitted to be installed in accessible above ceiling spaces containing vented gas utilization equipment. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 412

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL-DISPENSING STATIONS

* Delete Section 412 in its entirety and substitute the following:

412 Liquefied petroleum gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing stations. Under Georgia law, the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office govern the storage, delivery and dispensing of Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Refer to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office and NFPA 58 for all requirements concerning liquefied petroleum gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing stations. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 413

COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL-DISPENSING STATIONS

* Delete Section 413 in its entirety and substitute the following:

413 Compressed natural gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing stations. Under Georgia law, the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office govern the storage, delivery and dispensing of compressed natural gas. Refer to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office and NFPA 52 for all requirements concerning compressed natural gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing stations. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 6

SPECIFIC APPLIANCES

SECTION 620

UNVENTED ROOM HEATERS

* Revise Section 620.1 so as to read as follows:

620.1 General. Unvented room heaters shall be tested in accordance with ANSI Z 21.11.2 and shall be installed in accordance with the conditions of the listing or the manufacturer's installation instructions. Unvented room heaters utilizing fuels other than gas shall be regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 622COOKING APPLIANCES

* Delete Section 622.2 Prohibited location without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 622.3 Domestic appliances without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

End of Standard Gas Code Amendments.


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THE GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE (INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE)

* The Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code) 2000 Edition is hereby adopted in its entirety as if quoted verbatim herein.

The following amendments to the Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code) 2000 Edition are hereby adopted.

The STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE (International Mechanical Code), 2000 Edition, as published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical, International Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Prevention Codes to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical, Building, Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Prevention Codes, respectively. The International Codes should be used when referenced issues are not addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance rating of mechanical equipment.

* Revise the Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

(a) The State's minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120-gallon capacity shall be establisted by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in Code as a guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 202 to add a new definition for ABSORPTION SYSTEM as follows:

ABSORPTION SYSTEM. A refrigerating system in which refrigerant is pressurized by pumping a chemical solution of refrigerant in absorbent, and then separated by the addition of heat in a generator, condensed (to reject heat), expanded, evaporated (to provide refrigeration), and reabsorbed in an absorber to repeat the cycle; the system may be single or multiple effect, the latter using multiple stages or internally cascaded use of heat to improve efficiency. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 202 to add a new definition for PLENUM as follows:

PLENUM. Air compartment or chamber to which one or more ducts are connected and which forms part of an air distribution system. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 301GENERAL

* Add Section 301.17 to read as follows:

301.17 Related fire codes. Any reference to NFPA Standards in any chapter of this code shall be the latest edition as adopted and amended by the Georgia State Fire Safety Commissioner. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 301.2 to read as follows:

301.2 Energy Utilization. Change the last sentence of the paragraph to read in accordance with the "Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings". (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 303

EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCE LOCATION

* Revise Section 303.3 to read as follows:

303.3 Prohibited location. Exception 4. Refer to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, for gas-fired appliances. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 303.5 and substitute the following:

303.5 Indoor locations. Fuel-fired furnaces and boilers installed in closets and alcoves shall be listed for such installation. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 304 INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 304.8 to read as follows:

304.8 Clearances from grade. Equipment and appliances installed at grade level shall be supported on a level concrete slab or other approved material extending above adjoining grade "a minimum of 2 inches (76 mm)" or shall be suspended a minimum of 6" (152 mm) above adjoining grade. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 304.9 to read as follows:

304.9 Guards. Guards shall be provided where appliances, equipment, fans or other components that require service are located within "6 feet (1829 mm)" of a roof edge or open side of a walking surface and such edge or open side is located more than 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor, roof or grade below. And delete the word "International" in the last sentence. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 306

ACCESS AND SERVICE SPACE

* Revise Section 306.3 to read as follows:

306.3 Appliances in attics. In the second sentence of the first paragraph delete the following: "and not more than 20 feet . . . to appliances." (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 306.6 to read as follows:

306.6 Sloped roofs. Change the number of units in first sentence of the paragraph to read: "4 units vertical (25%)" in lieu of 3 units vertical (33%) in 12 horizontal units or greater. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 309

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

* Delete Section 309.1 Space-heating systems without substitution and renumber the remaining code sections. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 312

HEATING AND COOLING LOAD CALCULATIONS

* Revise Section 312.1 to read as follows:

312.1 Load calculations. Revise the last sentence of the section paragraph to read as follows: or an approved equivalent using the design parameters specified in Chapter 3 of the "Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings." (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 4

VENTILATION

SECTION 403

MECHANICAL VENTILATION

* Add Section 403.3.5 to read as follows:

403.3.5 Intermittent Occupancy. Intermittent Occupancy shall be allowed in accordance with ASHRAE Standard 62-1999. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 5

EXHAUST SYSTEMS

SECTION 505DOMESTIC KITCHEN EXHAUST EQUIPMENT

* Add Section 505.2 to read as follows:

505.2 Commercial Installations of Domestic Systems. Commercial installations of domestic systems shall comply with the current NFPA standards as adopted and amended by the Georgia State Fire Safety Commissioner. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Section 505.3 to read as follows:

505.3 Exhaust Ducts. Exhaust ducts for domestic range hoods shall be vented to the outside and shall be constructed of Type B label vent or smooth wall duct constructed of minimum 0.0157 inch (0.4 mm) galvanized steel. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 506

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN GREASE DUCTS AND EXHAUST EQUIPMENT

* Delete Section 506.1 and substitute the following to read:

506.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 507

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOODS

* Delete Section 507.1 and substitute the following to read:

507.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for exhausting commercial cooking equipment shall be established by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 507.2.2 Domestic Cooking Appliances Used for Commercial Purposes without substitution and renumber the remaining sections. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 508

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN MAKEUP AIR

* Revise to add new Section 508.1 to read as follows and renumber the remaining sections:

508.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for commercial kitchen makeup air shall be established by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), the Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 6

DUCT SYSTEMS

SECTION 602

PLENUMS

* Revise Section 602.1 to read as follows:

602.1 General. Delete the first sentence: "A plenum is an enclosed portion of the building structure that is designed to allow air movement, and thereby serve as part of an air distribution system." (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 603

DUCT CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 603.3 to read as follows:

603.3 Metallic ducts.

Exception: Ducts installed within "residential" units shall have a minimum thickness as specified in Table 606.3. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Table 603.3 title to read as follows:

Table 603.3

DUCT CONSTRUCTION MINIMUM SHEET METAL

THICKNESS FOR "RESIDENTIAL" UNITS

(Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 606

SMOKE DETECTION SYSTEMS CONTROL

* Revise Section 606.2.1 to read as follows:

606.2.1 Return Air Systems. Revise the Section title to read "Supply" air in lieu of "Return" air systems. And, revise the first sentence to read as follows: Smoke detectors shall be installed in the "supply" air systems, with a design capacity greater than 2,000 cfm (0.9 m3/s). Also, delete the end of the sentence from "in the return air duct or plenum upstream of any filters, exhaust air connections, outdoor air connections, or decontamination equipment and appliances. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 9

SPECIFIC APPLIANCES, FIREPLACES, AND SOLID FUEL-BURNING EQUIPMENT

SECTION 917

COOKING APPLIANCES

* Delete Section 917.2 Prohibited location without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 917.3 Domestic appliances without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 10

BOILERS, WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

SECTION 1001GENERAL

* Revise Section 1001.1 to read as follows:

1001.1 Scope. Add a new sentence for the Georgia Department of Labor at the end of the first paragraph to read as follows: "The State's minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A., Title 34, Chapter 11 and the rule and regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor." (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 1007.1 to read as follows:

1007.1 General. Add a new sentence at the end of the section to read: "In lieu of the low water cut-off control, a flow switch or other mechanism as recommended by manufacturer shall be allowed for water tube boilers." (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 11

REFRIGERATION

SECTION 1105MACHINERY ROOM, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 1105.3 to read as follows:

1105.3 Refrigerant detector. Refrigerant detectors in machinery rooms shall be provided as required in accordance with "ASHRAE Standard 15". (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 1106MACHINERY ROOM, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 1106.5 to read as follows:

1106.5 Remote Controls. Remote control of the mechanical equipment and appliances located in the machinery room shall be provided as required by "ASHRAE Standard 15". (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 1106.6 to read as follows:

1106.6 Emergency signs and labels. Refrigeration units and systems shall be provided with approved emergency signs, charts, and labels in accordance with "ASHRAE Standard 15". (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 12

HYDRONIC PIPING

SECTION 1204

PIPE INSULATION

* Revise Section 1204.1 to read as follows:

1204.1 Insulation characteristics. Revise the first sentence of the paragraph to read: Pipe insulation installed in buildings shall conform to the requirements of the "Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings", shall be tested in the composite form in accordance with ASTM E 84 and shall have a maximum flame spread index of 25 and a smoke-developed index not exceeding 450. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 1204.2 to read as follows:

1204.2 Required thickness. Hydronic piping shall be insulated to the thickness required by "the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings". (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 1206PIPING INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 1206.8 to read as follows:

1206.8 Steam piping pitch. Add a new sentence at end of the paragraph to read: "Branch piping for steam mains shall be taken off at the top of the pipe." (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 13

FUEL OIL PIPING AND STORAGE

SECTION 1301

GENERAL

* Revise Section 1301.1 to read as follows:

1301.1 Scope. Add a new sentence at the end of the first paragraph to read: "The State minimum standard code requirements for Fuel Oil Piping Storage shall be as established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Codes and the rules and regulations of the Georgia State Fire Safety Commissioner. Any areas not addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Codes shall be regulated by this Chapter." (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 14

SOLAR SYSTEMS

SECTION 1402

NSTALLATION

* Add Section 1402.7 to read as follows:

1402.7 Protection of drains. Drains serving heat transfer fluids over 140° F (60°C) or which are toxic or corrosive shall be protected in accordance with the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code). (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Section 1402.8 to read as follows:

1402.8 Warning label. Drains in solar systems where high temperature, high pressure, or hazardous fluids are discharged shall have a warning label. For hazardous fluids, the label shall describe the hazardous properties of the fluid and emergency first aid procedures. Valves regulating such a discharge shall not be readily accessible to unauthorized personnel. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 15REFERENCE STANDARDS

* Revise Chapter 15 to add a new Reference Standard for "ASHRAE 62-1999". (Effective January 1, 2001)

End of Standard Mechanical Code Amendments.


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THE GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD PLUMBING CODE, 2000 EDITION (INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

* The Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code) 2000 Edition is hereby adopted in its entirety as if quoted verbatim herein.

The following Georgia Amendments to the Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code) are hereby adopted:

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, as published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical, International Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Prevention Codes to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical, Building, Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing or Fire Protection Codes, respectively. The International Codes should be used when referenced issues are not addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of plumbing equipment.

* Revise the Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in Code as a guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 202 definition of "BRANCH VENT" to read as follows:

BRANCH VENT. A vent connecting one or more individual vents with a vent stack, stack vent or terminating in the open air. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 301

GENERAL

* Add Section 301.7 to read as follows:

Section 301.7 System maintenance. Plumbing systems, including fixtures, shall be maintained in sanitary condition and proper working order. (Effective January 1, 2001).

SECTION 303

MATERIALS

* Add Section 303.2.1 to read as follows:

Section 303.2.1 Material and equipment reuse. Materials, equipment, and devices shall not be reused unless such elements have been reconditioned, tested, placed in good and proper working condition, and approved. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 306

TRENCHING, EXCAVATION AND BACKFILL

* Add Section 306.5 to read as follows:

Section 306.5 Open trenches. All excavations required to be made for the installation of a building sewer, building drainage system, or any part thereof within the walls of a building shall be open trench work and shall be kept open until the piping has been inspected, tested and approved. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 308

PIPING SUPPORT

* Delete Section 308.6 Sway bracing without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 308.7 Anchorage without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 311

TOILET FACILITIES FOR WORKERS

* Delete Section 311 without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 312

TESTS AND INSPECTIONS

* Revise Section 312.5 to read as follows:

312.5 Water supply system test. Upon completion of a section of or the entire water supply system, the system, or portion completed, shall be tested and proved tight under a water pressure test not less than the working pressure of the system, but not to exceed manufacturer's specified test pressures for materials used. The water utilized for tests shall be from a potable source of supply. The required tests shall be performed in accordance with this section.

EXCEPTION: An air test of not less than 50 psi (344 kPa) may be used provided the test medium is from a non-contaminated source. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 314

CONDENSATE DISPOSAL

* Delete Section 314 without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 4

FIXTURES, FAUCETS AND FIXTURE FITTINGS

SECTION 403MINIMUM PLUMBING FACILITIES

TABLE 403.1MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLUMBING FACILITIES

* Revise Table 403.1 to delete the requirements for "service sink" without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 410

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

* Revise Section 410.1 to read as follows:

Section 410.1 Approval. Drinking fountains shall conform to ASME A112.19.1, A112.19.2, or A112.19.9, and water coolers shall conform to ARI 1010. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 5

WATER HEATERS

SECTION 501GENERAL

* Add Section 501.9 to read as follows:

Section 501.9 Water heaters over 200,000 BTU. The State's Minimum requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1,2001)

* Add Section 506 to read as follows:

SECTION 506

MINIMUM CAPACITIES FOR RESIDENTIAL WATER HEATERS

506.1 General. Water Heaters installed in residential occupancies shall be sized in accordance with Table 506. Other methods used to heat water shall be sized to meet the total draw and recovery rates as listed in Table 506. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Table 506 to read as follows:


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CHAPTER 6

WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION

SECTION 603

WATER SERVICE

* Revise Section 603.2 to read as follows:

603.2 Separation of water service and building sewer. Water service pipe and the building sewer shall be separated by 5 feet (1524 mm) of undisturbed or compacted earth.

EXCEPTION: The required separation distance shall not apply when the bottom of the water service pipe within 5 feet (1524 mm) of the building sewer is a minimum of 12 inches (305 mm) above the top of the building sewer and the pipe materials conform to Section 702.2 or 702.3. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 605MATERIALS, JOINTS AND CONNECTIONS

* Revise Section 605.14.3 to read as follows:

605.14.3 Soldered joints. Solder joints shall be made in accordance with the methods of ASTM B 828. All cut tube ends shall be reamed to the full inside diameter of the tube end. All joint surfaces shall be cleaned. A flux conforming to NSF 61 shall be applied. The joint shall be soldered with a solder conforming to ASTM B 32. The joining of water supply piping shall be made with lead-free solders and fluxes. "Lead-free" shall mean a chemical composition equal to or less than 0.2 percent lead. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 605.15.4 to read as follows:

605.15.4 Soldered joints. Solder joints shall be made in accordance with the methods of ASTM B 828. All cut tube ends shall be reamed to the full inside diameter of the tube end. All joint surfaces shall be cleaned. A flux conforming to NSF 61 shall be applied. The joint shall be soldered with a solder conforming to ASTM B 32. The joining of water supply piping shall be made with lead-free solders and fluxes. "Lead-free" shall mean a chemical composition equal to or less than 0.2 percent lead. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 606

INSTALLATION OF THE BUILDING WATER

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

* Revise Section 606.2 to read as follows:

606.2 Location of shut-off valves. Each individual fixture shall have an accessible shutoff valve at each outlet which will permit each fixture to be shut off without interfering with the water supply to any other fixtures. Shutoff valves for each fixture supplied by a manifold distribution system may be located at the manifold or at the outlet of the fixture being supplied. The hose bibb or hose connection shutoff valve shall be the only shutoff valve required on washing machine connectors.

606.2.1 Shutoff valves to water supply for refrigerators with automatic icemakers shall be accessible on the same floor.

606.2.2 All shutoff valves for individual fixtures shall be on the same floor within 30". (780 mm) of the fixture served except for parallel water distribution system manifolds. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 606.4 Valve identification without substitution and renumber the remaining sections. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 607

HOT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

* Revise Section 607.3.2 to read as follows:

607.3.2 Backflow prevention device or check valve. Where a backflow prevention device, check valve or other device is installed on a water supply system utilizing storage water heating equipment such that thermal expansion causes an increase in pressure, a device for controlling pressure shall be installed. The device shall limit thermal expansion of the water being heated to not more than 80 pounds per square inch (522 kPa) static pressure at any fixture on the system. A potable water expansion tank, or auxiliary relief valve or other approved device that limits pressure to 80 psi or less shall be acceptable. It shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 610

DISINFECTION OF POTABLE WATER SYSTEM

* Revise Section 610.1 to read as follows:

610.1 General. New or repaired potable water systems shall be flushed and purged of deleterious matter. The authority having jurisdiction may require disinfection in accordance with a prescribed method. In the absence of a prescribed method, the procedure described in either AWWA C651 or AWWA C652, or as described in this section shall apply. (Remainder of section left unchanged) (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 7

SANITARY DRAINAGE

SECTION 701

GENERAL

* Revise Section 701.2 to read as follows:

701.2 Sewer required. Every building in which plumbing fixtures are installed and every premises having drainage piping shall be connected to a public sewer, where available, or an approved private sewage disposal system. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 703

BUILDING SEWER

* Revise Section 703.2 to read as follows:

703.2 Drainage pipe in filled ground. Where a building sewer or building drain is installed on unstable fill or unstable ground, the drainage pipe shall conform to one of the standards for ABS plastic pipe, cast-iron pipe, copper or copper-alloy tubing, or PVC plastic listed in Table 702.3. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 705

JOINTS

* Revise Section 705.9.3 to read as follows:

705.9.3 Soldered joints. Solder joints shall be made in accordance with the methods of ASTM B 828. All cut tube ends shall be reamed to the full inside diameter of the tube end. All joint surfaces shall be cleaned. A flux conforming to NSF 61 shall be applied. The joint shall be soldered with a solder conforming to ASTM B 32. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 705.10.3 to read as follows:

705.10.3 Soldered joints. Solder joints shall be made in accordance with the methods of ASTM B 828. All cut tube ends shall be reamed to the full inside diameter of the tube end. All joint surfaces shall be cleaned. A flux conforming to NSF 61 shall be applied. The joint shall be soldered with a solder conforming to ASTM B 32. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 706

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DRAINAGE PIPING AND FITTINGS

* Revise Section 706.3 to read as follows:

706.3 Installation of fittings. Fittings shall be installed to guide sewage and waste in the direction of the flow. Change in the direction shall be made by fittings installed in accordance with Table 706.3. Change in direction by combination fittings, side inlets or increasers shall be installed in accordance with Table 706.3 based on the pattern of the flow created by the fitting. Double sanitary tee patterns shall not receive the discharge of back-to-back fixtures or appliances with pressure or pumping action discharge. Water closets shall not be combined with fixtures other than water closets on a double drainage fitting. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 708

CLEANOUTS

* Revise Section 708.3.1 to read as follows:

708.3.1 Horizontal drains within buildings. Each horizontal drainage pipe shall be provided with a cleanout at the upstream end of the pipe, and shall be provided with cleanouts located not more than 100 feet (30480 mm) apart.

EXCEPTIONS: The following plumbing arrangements are acceptable in lieu of the upstream cleanout:

1. "P" traps connected to the drainage piping with slip joints or ground joint connections.

2. "P" traps into which floor drains, shower drains, or tub drains with removable strainers discharge.

3. "P" traps into which the straight through type waste and overflow discharge with the overflow connecting to the top of the tee.

4. "P" traps into which residential washing machines discharge.

5. Test tees or cleanouts in a vertical pipe above the flood-level rim of the fixtures that the horizontal pipe serves and not more than 4 feet above the finish floor.

6. Cleanout near the junction of the building drain and the building sewer which may be rodded both ways.

7. Water closets for the water closet fixture branch only. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 708.3.4 Base of stack without substitution and do not renumber the remaining sections. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Revise Section 708.7 to read as follows:

708.7 Minimum size. Cleanouts shall be the same nominal size as the pipe they are connected to up to 4 inches (102 mm). For pipes larger than 4 inches (102 mm) nominal size, the minimum size of the cleanout shall be 4 inches (102 mm). (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 712

SUMPS AND EJECTORS

* Revise Section 712.2 Full open valve required to delete the Exception without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 9

VENTS

SECTION 904

VENT TERMINALS

* Revise Section 904.1 to read as follows:

904.1 Roof extensions. All open vent pipes that extend through a roof shall terminate at least 6 inches (156 mm) above the roof, except that where a roof is to be used for any purpose other than weather protection, the vent extensions shall be run at least 7 feet (2134 mm) above the roof. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 909

WET VENTING

* Add Section 909.4 to read as follows:

909.4 appendix reference. Additional provisions for WET VENTING are contained in Appendix I - Section 909 WET VENTING. These provisions are applicable only when specifically adopted by the local jurisdiction. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 906

FIXTURE VENTS

* Revise Table 906.1 to read as follows: (Effective January 1, 2001)


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SECTION 910

WASTE STACK VENT

* Revise Section 910.2 to read as follows:

910.2 Stack installation. The waste stack shall be vertical. Every fixture drain shall connect separately to the waste stack. The stack shall not receive the discharge of water closets or urinals. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 911

CIRCUIT VENTING

* Revise Section 911.2 to read as follows:

911.2 Vent connection. The circuit vent connection shall be located between the two most upstream fixture drains. The vent shall connect to the horizontal branch and shall be installed in accordance with Section 905. The circuit vent may receive waste discharge from fixtures located within the same branch interval, provided that the wet portion remains the same size as the horizontal branch. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 912

COMBINATION DRAIN AND VENT SYSTEM

* Revise Section 912.2.2 to read as follows:

912.2.2 Connection. The combination drain and vent system shall be provided with a dry vent connected to any point within the system or the system shall connect to a horizontal drain that is vented in accordance with one of the venting methods specified in the chapter. Combination drain and vent systems connecting to building drains or waste stacks, shall be provided with a dry vent. The vent connection to the combination drain and vent pipe shall extend vertically a minimum of 6 inches (152mm) above the flood level rim of highest fixture being vented before offsetting horizontally. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Section 912.4 to read as follows:

912.4 Appendix reference. Additional provisions for SAFE WASTE SYSTEM are contained in Appendix H - Section 912 COMBINATION DRAIN AND VENT SYSTEMS. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 10

TRAPS, INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

SECTION 1002

TRAP REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 1002.4 to read as follows:

1002.4 Trap seals. Each fixture trap shall have a liquid seal of not less than 2 inches (51 mm) and not more than 4 inches (102 mm), or deeper for special designs relating to accessible fixtures. Where a trap seal is subject to loss by evaporation, a deep-seal trap consisting of a 4-inch (102 mm) seal or a trap seal primer valve shall be installed. Trap seal primer valves shall be installed on all traps serving floor drains located in public toilet rooms. A trap seal primer valve shall conform to ASSE 1018 or ASSE 1044. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Delete Section 1002.8 Recess for trap connections without substitution and renumber remaining sections accordingly. (Effective January 1, 2001)

SECTION 1003

INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

* Delete Section 1003 and substitute the following:

1003.1 Where required. Interceptors or separators shall be provided where, in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction, they are necessary for the proper handling of wastes containing ingredients harmful to the building drainage system, the public sewer, or sewage treatment plant or processes.

1003.2 Size and type. The size, type and location of each interceptor or separator shall be approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

1003.3 Type of waste. No wastes other than those requiring treatment or separation shall be discharged into any interceptor except as approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

1003.4 Grease interceptors. A grease interceptor shall be installed in the waste line leading from sinks, drains or other fixtures in the following establishments when, in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction, a hazard exists: restaurants, hotel kitchens or bars, factory cafeterias or restaurants, clubs, or other uses where grease can be introduced into the drainage system in quantities that can affect line stoppage or hinder sewage disposal.

1003.5 Oil separators. An oil separator shall be installed in the drainage system section of the system where, in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction, a hazard exists or where oils or other flammables can be introduced or admitted into the drainage system by accident or otherwise.

1003.6 Sand interceptors. Sand and similar interceptors for heavy solids shall have a water seal of not less than 2 inches (51 mm).

1003.7 Venting interceptors. Interceptors shall be so designed that they will not become air bound if closed covers are used. Each interceptor shall be properly vented.

1003.8 Accessibility of interceptors. Each interceptor shall be so installed as to provide ready accessibility to the cover and means for servicing and maintaining the interceptor in working and operating condition. The use of ladders or the removal of bulky equipment in order to service interceptors shall constitute a violation of accessibility.

1003.9 Water connection. Water connection for cooling or operating an interceptor shall be such that backflow cannot occur. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Appendix H to read as follows:

APPENDIX H

SECTION 912

COMBINATION DRAIN AND VENT SYSTEM

912.4 SAFE WASTE SYSTEM.

912.4.1 Definitions.

SAFE WASTE SYSTEM - A horizontal waste system composed of a main waste line, branch waste lines, auxiliary vents and a master trap with a fresh air vent. (See Figure 1 and 1A) (Effective January 1, 2001)


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912.4.2 Where required. As an alternative to other waste systems required by this code, the waste in establishments listed in 912.4.3 may be collected in a safe waste system. Plans and specifications for each safe waste system shall be submitted to the Plumbing Official and approval shall be obtained before installation is started.

912.4.3 Location. All establishments where food is manufactured, or processed, having floor drains, hub drains, such as restaurants, cafes, snack bars, grocery stores, meat, poultry and fish markets, drugstores, bakeries, dairies, taverns and cocktail lounges, shall collect such floor drains, hub drains, or open site drains into a safe waste system. Other fixtures not specifically prohibited by 912.4.4 may also be collected on the safe waste system.

912.4.4 Limits of use. Each safe waste system shall be limited to one floor. Water closets, urinals, bathtubs, showers, food grinders, disposal units or exterior drain units (such as condensing units drains) will not be permitted on a safe waste system.

912.4.5 Safe waste system. The main waste line for the safe waste system is connected to the sanitary waste system through the master trap. Fixtures should be connected directly or indirectly as described in Chapter 7.

912.4.6 Master trap. The master trap shall not be less than 3 inches in size and shall be located inside the building unless otherwise approved. Provide two cleanouts at the master trap, one on the house side and one in waste line downstream of the master trap weir. The top of the cleanouts shall be flush with the finish floor.

912.4.7 Master trap venting. The master trap shall be vented with two vents. A fresh air vent no less than the trap size shall extend from the house side of the trap to the outside of the building, by either (a) extending through the roof independent of any sanitary vent; (b) extending through the outside wall, 12 inches above the flood rim of any connected fixture and terminating with a perforated or bar grate cover or (c) connecting to a fresh air auxiliary vent. A 2-inch sanitary vent shall extend from the sewer side of the master trap through the roof or connect with a dry sanitary vent, in accordance with Chapter 9.

912.4.8 Auxiliary vent. The auxiliary vent shall be the same size as the master trap and extend from the main waste line through the roof independent of any sanitary vent or may terminate through an outside wall using an acceptable bar grate. When safe waste systems are located on two or more floors of a building, the fresh air and auxiliary vents may be connected together and extend to the outside of the building independent of any sanitary vent.

912.4.9 Waste lines and connections. See Chapter 7 for size and capacity. The main waste line shall be the same size as the master trap. The branch waste lines shall not exceed a maximum length of 48 pipe diameters, also refer to Table 710.1 for the maximum number of fixture units. Nowhere shall the slope of the safe waste system exceed a 1/4-inch per foot. Branch waste lines exceeding 48 pipe diameters in length will require a 2-inch vent to extend through the roof, or be connected into the auxiliary vent. Trap primers are not required for traps on the house side of the master trap.

912.4.10 Walk-in coolers. Walk-in coolers requiring a floor drain inside the cooler shall have an untrapped floor drain type casting with a bar grate strainer, and a ball check back water valve. The waste line from the drain located inside the cooler shall extend to a floor drain located outside the cooler. The outside floor drain shall have a bar grate strainer, flashing ring, when required, with an auxiliary inlet for the waste line from the inside drains connected above the trap.

912.4.11 Poultry, Meat or Fish Markets, or Processing Plants.

912.4.11.1 Establishments which clean, process or market poultry, meat, or fish shall have their waste collected in a safe waste system. An interceptor trap shall be installed for these establishments in lieu of a master trap. Cleanouts and venting shall be as for a master trap.

912.4.11.2 Interceptor traps are described in Chapter 10. Drains from racks and tables must spill onto the floor and the floor shall be graded to the floor drains to catch all refuse from the killing or the cleaning operations. Floor drains shall have removable grate tops. An adequate water supply shall be provided for cleaning floors. All water supply inlets shall be protected with backflow preventers as described in 608. Interceptors shall be a maximum of 24 x 24 inches. (Effective January 1, 2001)

* Add Appendix I to read as follows:

APPENDIX I

909 WET VENTING

* Delete Sections 909.1 through 909.3 and substitute the following:

909.1 General. Water closets, urinals, shower stalls, bath tubs, floor drains and other such floor outlet fixtures may be vented by wet vents provided trap size of fixture entering the wet vent shall be at least one pipe size smaller than the vent. No additional water closets, pedestal urinals, or fixture units greater than the primary fixture will be connected to the vent. Automatic clothes washers shall not discharge into a wet vent system.

909.2 Two-inch wet vent.

909.2.1 One primary fixture connection to a 2-inch waste pipe may be vented by a 2-inch having connected thereto a fixture or fixtures having a total of not more than four fixture units with a total connected load of six fixture units.

909.2.2 One primary fixture connected to a 3-inch soil/waste pipe may be vented by a 2-inch wet vent having connected thereto a fixture or fixtures having a total of not more than four fixture units with a total connected load of eight fixture units.

909.2.3 A sink shall not be installed on a 2-inch wet vent that vents a water closet.

909.3 Two and one-half inch wet vent. One primary fixture connection to a 3-inch soil/waste pipe may be vented by a 2-1/2 inch vent having connected thereto a fixture or fixtures having a total of not more than six fixture units, with a total connected load of 12 fixture units.

909.4 Three-inch wet vent. Two primary fixtures maybe connected to a 3-inch wet vent having connected thereto fixtures having a total of not more than 12 fixture units; having trap sizes not larger than 2 inches; with a total connected load of 24 fixture units.

909.5 Four-inch wet vent. Two primary fixtures connected to a 4-inch double wye or sanitary cross may be vented by a 4-inch wet vent having a total of not more than 20 fixture units; having traps not larger than 3-inch with a total connected load of 32 fixture units.

909.6 Limits. The total drainage fixture units, vertical and horizontal travel distance of wet vents shall be as required in Table 909.6. Travel shall be the distance from the primary waste connection of the wet vent to the furthermost waste connection into the wet vent. (Effective January 1, 2001)


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* Add Appendix J to read as follows:

APPENDIX J

GENERAL AMENDMENTS

*** Local Jurisdictions are permitted to adopt specific sections from this Appendix without adopting the entire Appendix. ***

CHAPTER 7

SANITARY DRAINAGE

SECTION 703

BUILDING SEWER

703.6 Minimum size building sewer. No building sewer can be less than 4 inches (104 mm) in size with the exception of a branch, not less than 2 inches (51 mm) in size, serving a detached garage, accessory building or forced lines. (Effective January 1, 2001)

CHAPTER 9

VENTS

SECTION 903

VENT STACKS AND STACK VENTS

903.1 Stack required. Every building in which plumbing is installed shall have at least one stack a minimum of 3 inches (75 mm) diameter except accessory buildings, which shall have at least one stack a minimum of 11/2 inch (37.5 mm) diameter. Such stack shall run undiminished in size and as directly as possible from the building drain through to the open air or to vent header that extends to the open air. (Effective January 1, 2001)

End of Plumbing Code Amendments.


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THE GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE, 1995 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

The following Amendments to the One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 1995 Edition, are adopted herein.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS REVISED JANUARY 1, 2000. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY REPRESENT A COMPILATION OF ALL THE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE 1995 CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE AND THEREFORE SUPERSEDE ALL PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AMENDMENT PACKAGES.

Plumbing (Chapters 29 through 38) is deleted from the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code in accordance with Title 8, Chapter 3, Article 1, Part 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Also delete Section 307 and Figure 307.2.

Electrical (Chapters 39 through 46) is deleted and substitute for Electrical requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code 1999 Edition).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Refer to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings for heating and air conditioning equipment.

* Revise the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 1995 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 4

FOUNDATIONS

SECTION 404

FOUNDATIONS WALLS

* Add Section 404.4 and Tables 404.4a through 404.4e to read as follows:

404.4 Insulating concrete form foundation walls. Insulating concrete form (ICF) foundation walls shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of this section or in accordance with the provisions of ACI 318. When ACI 318 or the provisions of this section are used to design insulating concrete form foundation walls, project drawings, typical details and specifications are not required to bear the seal of the architect or engineer responsible for design.

404.4.1 Applicability limits. The provisions of this section shall apply to the construction of insulating concrete form foundation walls for buildings not greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) in plan dimensions, and floors not greater than 32 feet (9.7 m) or roofs not greater than 40 feet (12 m) in clear span. Buildings shall not exceed two stories in height above-grade with each story not greater than 10 feet (3.0 m) high. Foundation walls constructed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be limited to buildings subjected to a maximum ground snow load of 70 psf (3.35 kN/m2) and located in Seismic Zones, 0, 1, or 2.

404.4.2 Flat insulating concrete form wall systems. Flat ICF wall systems shall comply with Figure 612.3, shall have a minimum concrete thickness of 5.5 inches (140 mm), and shall have reinforcement in accordance with Tables 404.4a, 404.4b, or 404.4c.

404.4.3 Waffle grid insulating concrete form wall systems. Waffle-grid wall systems shall have a minimum nominal concrete thickness of 6 inches (152 mm) for the horizontal and vertical concrete members (cores) and shall have reinforcement in accordance with Table 404.4d. The minimum core dimension shall comply with Table 612.4b and Figure 612.4

404.4.4 Screen grid insulating concrete form wall systems. Screen-grid ICF wall systems shall have a minimum nominal concrete thickness of 6 inches for the horizontal and vertical concrete members (cores). The minimum core dimensions shall comply with Table 612.4b and Figure 612.5. Walls shall have reinforcement in accordance with Table 404.4e.

404.4.5 Concrete material. Ready-mix concrete for insulating concrete form walls shall be in accordance with Section 402.2. Maximum slump shall not be greater than 6 inches (152 mm) as determined in accordance with ASTM C 143. Maximum aggregate size shall not be larger than 3/4 inch (19 mm).

Exception: Concrete mixes conforming to the ICF manufacturer's recommendations.

404.4.6 Reinforcing steel. 404.4.6.1 Reinforcing steel shall meet the requirements of ASTM A 615, A 616, A 617, or A 706. The minimum yield strength of reinforcing steel shall be 40,000 psi (Grade 40) (276 Mpa). Vertical and horizontal wall reinforcements shall be placed no closer to the outside face of the wall than one-half the wall thickness. Steel reinforcement for foundation walls shall have concrete cover in accordance with ACI 318.

Exception: Where insulated concrete forms are used and the form remains in place as cover for concrete, the minimum concrete cover for the reinforcing steel is permitted to be reduced to 3/4 inches (19 mm).

404.4.6.2 When vertical reinforcement is required, ICF foundation walls shall have horizontal reinforcement in accordance with this section. ICF Foundation walls up to 8 feet (24 m) in height shall have a minimum of one continuous #4 horizontal reinforcing bar placed at 48 inches (1.2 m) on center with one bar located within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the wall story. ICF Foundation walls greater than 8 feet (24 m) in height shall have a minimum of one continuous #4 horizontal reinforcing bar placed at 36 inches (914 mm) on center with one bar located within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the wall story.

404.4.6.3 Vertical wall reinforcement required by 404.4.2, 404.4.3 or 404.4.4 that is interrupted by wall openings shall have additional vertical reinforcement of the same size placed within 12 inches (305 mm) of each side of the opening.

404.4.7 Foam plastic insulation.

404.4.7.1 Material. Insulating concrete form material shall meet the surface burning characteristics of Section 317.1.1. A thermal barrier shall be provided in accordance with Section 317.1.2.

404.4.7.2 Termite Hazards. In areas where hazard of termite damage is very heavy in accordance with Figure 301.2f, foam plastic insulation shall be permitted below grade on foundation walls in accordance with Section 323.1.1.

404.4.8 Foundation wall thickness based on walls supported. The thickness of ICF foundation walls shall not be less than the thickness of the wall supported above.

404.4.9 Height above finished ground. ICF foundation walls shall extend above the finished ground adjacent to the foundation at all points a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) where masonry veneer is used and a minimum of 6 inches (152 mm) elsewhere.

404.4.10 Placement of backfill. Backfill shall be placed in accordance with 404.1.3.1.

404.4.11 Drainage and dampproofing/waterproofing. ICF foundation basements shall be drained and dampproofed/waterproofed in accordance with Section 405 and Section 406. (Effective January 1, 2001)


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or SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 foot = 0.3 m.

1 Deflection criteria: L/240.

2 Interpolation between rebar sizes and spacing is not permitted.

3 Unbalanced backfill height is the difference in height of the exterior and interior finished ground. Where an interior concrete slab is provided, the unbalanced backfill height shall be measured from the exterior finished ground level to the top of the interior concrete slab.

4 Soil classes are in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Refer to Table 405.1.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 foot = 0.3 m.

1 N/R indicates no vertical reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criteria: L/240.

3 Interpolation between rebar sizes and spacing is not permitted.

4 Unbalanced backfill height is the difference in height of the exterior and interior finished ground. Where an interior concrete slab is provided, the unbalanced backfill height shall be measured from the exterior finished ground level to the top of the interior concrete slab.

5 Soil classes are in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Refer to Table 405.1.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 foot = 0.3 m.

1 N/R indicates no vertical reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criteria: L/240.

3 Interpolation between rebar sizes and spacing is not permitted.

4 Unbalanced backfill height is the difference in height of the exterior and interior finished ground. Where an interior concrete slab is provided, the unbalanced backfill height shall be measured from the exterior finished ground level to the top of the interior concrete slab.

5 Soil classes are in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Refer to Table 405.1.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 foot = 0.3 m.

1 N/R indicates no vertical reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criteria: L/240.

3 Interpolation between rebar sizes and spacing is not permitted.

4 Refer to Table 612.4b for wall dimensions.

5 Unbalanced backfill height is the difference in height of the exterior and interior finished ground. Where an interior concrete slab is provided, the unbalanced backfill height shall be measured from the exterior finished ground level to the top of the interior concrete slab.

6 Soil classes are in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Refer to Table 405.1.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 foot = 0.3 m.

1 N/R indicates no vertical reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criteria: L/240.

3 Interpolation between rebar sizes and spacing is not permitted.

4 Refer to Table 612.4b for wall dimensions.

5 Unbalanced backfill height is the difference in height of the exterior and interior finished ground. Where an interior concrete slab is provided, the unbalanced backfill height shall be measured from the exterior finished ground level to the top of the interior concrete slab.

6 Soil classes are in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Refer to Table 405.1.

* Add new Section 612 to read as follows:

SECTION 612

INSULATING CONCRETE FORM WALL CONSTRUCTION

612.1 General. Insulating concrete form (ICF) walls shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of this section or in accordance with the provisions of ACI 318. When ACI 318, or the provisions of this section are used to design insulating concrete form walls, project drawings, typical details and specifications are not required to bear the seal of the architect or engineer responsible for design.

612.2 Applicability limits. The provisions of this section shall apply to the construction of insulating concrete form walls for buildings not greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) in plan dimensions, and floors not greater than 32 feet (9.7 m) or roofs not greater than 40 feet (12 m) in clear span. Buildings shall not exceed two stories in height above-grade with each story not greater than 10 feet (3.0 m) high. Walls constructed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be limited to buildings subjected to a maximum design wind speed of 110 mph (145 km/hr), a maximum ground snow load of 70 psf (3.35 kN/m2), and Seismic Zones 0, 1, and 2.

612.3 Flat insulating concrete form wall systems. Flat ICF wall systems shall comply with Figure 612.3 and shall have reinforcement in accordance with Table 612.3 and Section 612.7.


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For SI: 1 foot = 0.3048 m; 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 mph = 1.6093 km/hr

1 N/R indicates no vertical wall reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criterion is L/240, where . is the height of the wall story in inches.

3 Interpolation shall not be permitted.

4 See 612.7.1.5 for additional reinforcement requirements in Seismic Zone 2.

5 A 3.5 inch (89 mm) wall is not permitted if wood ledgers are to be used to support the second floor or roof loads. See 612.8.

612.4 Waffle-grid insulating concrete form wall systems. Waffle-grid wall systems shall comply with Figure 612.4 and shall have reinforcement in accordance with Table 612.4a and Section 612.7. The minimum core dimensions shall comply with Table 612.4b.


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612.5 Screen-grid insulating concrete form wall systems. Screen-grid ICF wall systems shall comply with Figure 612.5 and shall have reinforcement in accordance with Table 612.5 and Section 612.7. The minimum core dimensions shall comply with Table 612.4b.


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For SI: 1 foot = 0.3048 m; 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 mph = 1.6093 km/hr

1 N/R indicates no vertical wall reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criterion is L/240, where . is the height of the wall story in inches.

3 Interpolation shall not be permitted.

4 See 612.7.1.5 for additional reinforcement requirements in Seismic Zone 2.

5 Nominal thickness is given; refer to Table 612.4b for actual concrete wall thickness.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm

1 For width "W", thickness "T", spacing, and web thickness, refer to Figures 612.4 and 612.5.

2 N/A indicates not applicable.


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For SI: 1 foot = 0.3048 m; 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 mph = 1.6093 km/hr

1 N/R indicates no vertical wall reinforcement is required.

2 Deflection criterion is L/240, where . is the height of the wall story in inches.

3 Interpolation shall not be permitted.

4 See 612.7.1.5 for additional reinforcement requirements in Seismic Zone 2.

5 Nominal thickness is given; refer to Table 612.4b for actual concrete wall thickness.

612.6 Material. Insulating concrete form wall materials shall comply with this section.

612.6.1 Concrete material. Ready-mixed concrete for insulating concrete form walls shall be in accordance with Section 402.2. Maximum slump shall not be greater than 6 inches (152 mm) as determined in accordance with ASTM C 143. Maximum aggregate size shall not be larger than 3/4 inch (19 mm).

Exception: Concrete mixes conforming to the ICF manufacturer's recommendations.

1. Reinforcing Steel. Reinforcing steel shall meet the requirements of ASTM A 615, A 616, A 617, or A 706. The minimum yield strength of reinforcing steel shall be 40,000 psi (Grade 40) (276 MPa).

2. Insulation materials. Insulating concrete forms material shall meet the surface burning characteristics of Section 317.1.1. A thermal barrier shall be provided in accordance with Section 317.1.2.

3. Wall construction. Insulating concrete form walls shall be constructed in accordance with the provisions of this section and Figure 612.7a.

612.7.1 Reinforcement.

612.7.1.1. Location. Vertical and horizontal wall reinforcements shall be placed within the middle third of the wall. Steel reinforcements shall have a minimum concrete cover in accordance with ACI 318.

Exception: Where insulated concrete forms are used and the form remains in place as cover for the concrete, the minimum concrete cover for the reinforcing steel is permitted to be reduced to 3/4 inches.

612.7.1.2 Vertical steel. Above-grade concrete walls shall have reinforcement in accordance with Sections 612.3, 612.4, or 612.5 and 612.7.2. All vertical reinforcement in the top-most ICF story shall terminate with a bend or a standard hook and be provided with minimum lap splice of 24 inches (610 mm) with the top horizontal reinforcement.

612.7.1.3 Horizontal steel. Concrete walls with minimum thickness of 4 inches (102 mm) shall have a minimum of one continuous #4 horizontal reinforcing bar placed at 32 inches (812 mm) on center with one bar within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the wall story. Concrete wall 5.5 inches (140 mm) thick or greater shall have a minimum of one continuous #4 horizontal reinforcing bar placed at 48 inches (1.2 m) on center with one bar located within 12 inches (305 mm) of the top of the wall story. Horizontal reinforcement shall be continuous around building corners using corner bars or by bending the bars. In either case, the minimum lap splice shall be 24 inches (610 mm).


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612.7.1.4 Lap splices. Where lap splicing of reinforcing steel is necessary, the lap splice shall be a minimum of 40db, where db is the diameter of the smaller bar. The maximum distance between non-contact bars at a lap splice shall not exceed 8db.

612.7.1.5 Dwellings in Seismic Zone 2. Dwellings in Seismic Zone 2 shall have horizontal and vertical reinforcement in accordance with the following:

1. Vertical reinforcement consisting of at least one #4 reinforcing bar, extending continuously from support to support, shall be provided at each corner, at each side of each opening, and at the ends of walls.

2. Horizontal reinforcement consisting of at least one #4 reinforcing bar, continuously at structurally connected roof and floor levels and at the top of the wall, at the bottom of load-bearing walls or in the top of foundations where doweled to the wall and at a maximum spacing of 10 ft. (3.05 m).

Vertical reinforcement provided in accordance with 612.7.1.2 and 612.7.2, and horizontal reinforcement provided in accordance with 612.7.1.3 and 612.7.3., and shall be permitted to be used to meet the requirements of this section.

612.7.2 Wall openings. Wall openings shall have a minimum of 8 inches (203 mm) of depth of concrete above the opening for flat and waffle-grid ICF walls and 12 inches (305 mm) for screen-grid walls over the length of the opening. Reinforcement around openings shall be provided in accordance with Table 612.7a and Figure 612.7b. All reinforcement placed horizontally above or below an opening shall extend a minimum of 24 inches (610 mm) beyond the limits of the opening. Wall opening reinforcement shall be provided in addition to the reinforcement required by 612.3, 612.4, 612.5 and 612.7.1. The perimeter of all wall openings shall be framed with a minimum of 2 x 4 plate (50.8 mm x 101.6 mm), anchored to the wall with 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) diameter anchor bolts spaced a maximum of 24 inches (610 mm) on center. The bolts shall be embedded into the concrete a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) and have a minimum of 1-1/2 inches (38.1 mm) of concrete cover to the face of the wall.

Exception: The 2 x 4 (50.8 mm x 101.6 mm) plate is not required where the wall is formed to provide solid concrete around the perimeter of the opening with a minimum depth of 4 inches (101.6 mm) for the full thickness of the wall.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 ft = 0.3 m

1 Deflection criteria: L/240.

2 Design load assumptions:

Floor dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2) Attic live load is 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2)

Floor live load is 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) Roof dead load is 15 psf (0.72 kN/m2)

Building width is 32 feet (9.75 m) ICF wall dead load is 69 psf (3.31 kN/m2)

Light-framed wall dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2)

3 #3 stirrups are required at d/2 spacing, where d = lintel depth minus 2 inch (51 mm) cover.

4 Interpolation is permitted between ground snow loads and between lintel depths.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 ft = 0.3 m

1 Deflection criteria: L/240.

2 Design load assumptions:

Floor dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2) Attic live load is 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2)

Floor live load is 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) Roof dead load is 15 psf (0.72 kN/m2)

Building width is 32 feet (9.75 m) ICF wall dead load is 69 psf (3.31 kN/m2)

Light-framed wall dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2)

3 #3 stirrups are required at d/2 spacing, where d = lintel depth minus 2 inch (51 mm) cover.

4 Interpolation is permitted between ground snow loads and between lintel depths.


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 ft = 0.3 m

1 Deflection criteria: L/240.

2 Design load assumptions:

Floor dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2) Attic live load is 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2)

Floor live load is 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) Roof dead load is 15 psf (0.72 kN/m2)

Building width is 32 feet (9.75 m) ICF wall dead load is 69 psf (3.31 kN/m2)

Light-framed wall dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2)

3 #3 stirrups are required at d/2 spacing, where d = lintel depth minus 2 inch (51 mm) cover.

4 Interpolation is permitted between ground snow loads and between lintel depths.

5 For actual wall lintel width, refer to Table 612.4b.

6 Lintel width corresponds to the nominal waffle-grid ICF wall thickness with a minimum web thickness of 2 inches (51 mm).


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 ft = 0.3 m

1 Deflection criteria: L/240.

2 Design load assumptions:

Floor dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2) Attic live load is 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2)

Floor live load is 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) Roof dead load is 15 psf (0.72 kN/m2)

Building width is 32 feet (9.75 m) ICF wall dead load is 69 psf (3.31 kN/m2)

Light-framed wall dead load is 10 psf (0.48 kN/m2)

3 #3 stirrups are required at d/2 spacing, where d = lintel depth minus 2 inch (51 mm) cover.

4 Interpolation is permitted between ground snow loads and between lintel depths.

5 For actual wall lintel width, refer to Table 612.4b.

6 Lintel width corresponds to the nominal waffle-grid ICF wall thickness with a minimum web thickness of 2 inches (51 mm).


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 ft = 0.3 m

1 D/R indicates design is required.

2 Deflection criterion is L/240, where . is the clear span of the lintel in inches.

3 Interpolation is permitted between ground snow loads and between lintel depths.

4 No. 3 stirrups are required at a maximum d/2 spacing for spans greater than 4 feet (1.2 m).

5 Actual thickness is shown for flat lintels while nominal thickness is given for waffle-grid lintels. Lintel thickness corresponds to the nominal waffle-grid ICF wall thickness with a minimum web thickness of 2 inches (51 mm). Refer to Table 612.4b for actual wall lintel width.

6 ICF wall dead load is maximum 55 psf (2.6 kPa).


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For SI: 1 foot = 0.3048 m; 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 psf = 47.8804 Pa

1 Deflection criterion is L/240, where . is the clear span of the lintel in inches.

2 Linear interpolation is permitted between lintel depths.

3 No. 3 stirrups are required at a maximum d/2 spacing for spans greater than 4 feet (1.2 m).

4 ICF wall dead load is maximum 69 psf (3.3 kPa).


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 MPH = 1.6093 km/hr

1 Linear interpolation between roof slopes shall be permitted.

2 Minimum percentages are applicable for maximum 10-foot (3.0 m) wall story heights.

3 N/A indicates not applicable.

4 Actual thickness is shown for flat walls while nominal thickness is given for waffle- and screen-grid walls. Refer to Table 612.4b for actual waffle- and screen-grid thickness and dimensions.

5 The minimum solid wall length requirements are based on a 2:1 building aspect ratio, L/W, where L is the length parallel to the ridge of the roof and W is the length perpendicular to the ridge of the roof. For a different ratio the tabular values may be adjusted by the following multipliers provided the minimum wall lengths in 612.7.4 are met. Interpolation is permitted.

L/W Endwall W Sidewall
2.0 1.00 0.25
1.8 0.90 0.30
1.6 0.80 0.35
1.4 0.70 0.40
1.2 0.60 0.45
1.0 0.50 0.50


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For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm; 1 mph = 1.6093 km/hr

1 Minimum percentages are for maximum 10-foot (3.0 m) wall story height.

2 Actual thickness is shown for flat walls while nominal thickness is given for waffle-grid and screen-grid walls. Refer to Table 612.4b for actual waffle-grid and screen-grid thickness and dimension.

612.7.3 Lintels.

612.7.3.1 General requirements. Lintels shall be provided over all openings greater than or equal to four feet (1.2 m) in width. Lintels for flat ICF walls and screen-grid ICF walls shall be constructed in accordance with Figure 612.7c. Lintels for waffle-grid ICF walls shall be constructed in accordance with Figures 612.7d or 612.7e. Lintel depths are permitted to be increased by the height of ICF wall located directly above the lintels, provided that the lintel depth spans the entire length of the opening.

612.7.3.2 Stirrups. A minimum of #3 stirrups shall be installed for all flat and screen-grid wall lintels at a maximum spacing of d/2 where d equals the depth of the lintel (D) minus the bottom cover of concrete as shown in Figures 607c, 607d or 607e. A minimum of two #3 stirrups shall be placed in each vertical core of waffle-grid lintels.

612.7.3.3 Horizontal reinforcement. One #4 horizontal bar shall be provided in the top of the lintel. Horizontal reinforcement placed within 12 inches (304.8 mm) of the top of the wall in accordance with Section 612.7.1.3 shall be permitted to serve as the top or bottom reinforcement in the lintel provided the reinforcement meets the location requirements in Figures 612.7b, 612.7c, 612.7d, or 612.7e, and the size requirements in Tables 612.7b, 612.7c, 612.7d, 612.7e, 612.7f, or 612.7g.

612.7.3.4 Loadbearing walls: Lintels for flat and screen-grid ICF walls supporting roof or floor loads shall comply with Tables 612.7b or 612.7c. Lintels or waffle-grid ICF walls supporting roof or floor loads shall comply with Tables 612.7d, 612.7e.

Exception: Where spans larger than those permitted in Tables 612.7b, 612.7c, 612.7d or 612.7e are required, the lintels shall comply with Table 612.7f.

612.7.3.5 Non-loadbearing walls: Lintels for non-loadbearing walls for flat, waffle-grid and screen-grid ICF walls shall comply with Table 612.7g.

612.7.4 Minimum length of wall without openings. Exterior ICF walls shall have a minimum of solid wall length to total wall length in accordance with Table 612.7.h, but not less than 15 percent for ICF walls supporting a light framed roof or 20 percent for ICF walls supporting an ICF or light framed second story and light framed roof. For attached dwellings in Seismic Zone 2, the minimum percentage of solid wall length shall be equal to or greater than the requirements in Table 612.7j. The minimum percentage of solid wall length shall include only those solid wall segments that are a mini- mum of 24 inches (610 mm) in length. The maximum distance between wall segments to be included in determining solid wall length shall not exceed 18 feet (5.5 m). A minimum length of 24 inches (610 mm) of solid wall segment, extending the full height of each wall story, shall occur at all corners of exterior walls.

612.8 ICF Wall to floor connections.

612.8.1 Top Bearing. Floors bearing on the top of ICF foundation walls in accordance with Figure 612.8a shall have the wood sill plate anchored to the ICF wall with a minimum 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) diameter bolts embedded a minumum of 7 inches (178 mm) and placed at a maximum spacing of 6 feet (1.8 m) on center and not more than 12-inches (305 mm) from corners. Anchor bolts for wafflegrid and screen-grid walls shall be located in the cores. In conditions where wind speeds are in excess of 90 mph (144 km/hr) the 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) diameter anchor bolts shall be placed at a maximum spacing of 4 feet (1.2 m) on center. Bolts shall extend a minimum of 7 inches (178 mm) into concrete. Sill plates shall be protected against decay where required by Section 322.


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612.8.2 Ledger bearing. Wood ledger boards supporting bearing ends of joists or trusses shall be anchored to flat ICF walls with minimum thickness of 5.5 inches (140 mm) and to waffle- or screengrid ICF walls with minimum nominal thickness of 6 inches (152 mm) in accordance with Figure 612.8b, 612.8c, 612.8d or 612.8e and Table 612.8. The ledger shall be a minimum 2 x 8 (50.8 mm x 203.2 mm) No. 2 Southern Pine or No. 2 Douglas Fir. Ledgers anchored to non-load bearing walls to support floor or roof sheathing shall be attached with 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) diameter L or headed anchor bolts spaced a maximum of 6 feet (1.83 m) on center. Anchor bolts shall be embedded a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) into the concrete.


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For SI: 1 foot = 0.3048 m; 1 inch = 25.4 mm

1 Minimum ledger board nominal depth shall be 8 inches (203 mm). The thickness of the ledger board shall be a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm). Thickness of ledger board is in nominal lumber dimensions. Ledger board shall be a minimum No. 2 Grade.

2 Minimum edge distance shall be 2 inches (51 mm) for 1/2 inch (13 mm) diameter anchor bolts and 2.5 inches (64 mm) for 5/8 inch (16 mm) diameter anchor bolts.

3 Interpolation is permitted between floor spans.

4 Floor span corresponds to the clear span of the floor structure (i.e., joists or trusses) spanning between loadbearing walls or beams.

5 Anchor bolts shall extend through the ledger to the center of the flat ICF wall thickness or the center of the horizontal or vertical core thickness of the waffle-grid or screen-grid ICF wall system.

6 Minimum vertical distance between bolts shall be 1.5 inches (38 mm) for 1/2 inch (13 mm) diameter anchor bolts and 2 inches (51 mm) for 5/8 inch (16 mm) diameter anchor bolts.


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612.9 ICF wall to top sill plate (roof) connections. Wood sill plates attaching roof framing to ICF walls shall be anchored with a minimum 1/2 inches (12.7 mm) diameter anchor bolts embedded a minimum of 7 inches (178 mm) and placed at 6 feet (1.8 m) on center in accordance with Figure 612.9. Anchor bolts shall be located in the cores of waffle-grid and screen-grid ICF walls. Roof assemblies subject to wind uplift pressure of 30 pounds per square foot (1.44 kN/m2) or greater; as established in Table 301.2d shall have rafter or truss ties provided in accordance with Table 802.11. (Effective January 1, 2001).


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End of CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code Amendments.

Rule 110-11-1-.11 Adoption of the 2000 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2000 Standard Building Code with Georgia Amendments and the 2000 Standard Fire Prevention Code with Georgia Amendments and Georgia Amendments to the 2000 Standard Plumbing Code and 2000 Standard Gas Code, Effective January 1, 2002

The Board of Community Affairs hereby adopts the following code editions and amendments as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:


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ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

(International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings)

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

Plumbing (Chapters 25 through 32) are deleted from the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code in accordance with Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1, Part 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

Electrical (Chapter 33 through 42) are deleted and substituted for Electrical requirments the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code 1999 Edition).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

Code Reference:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings for heating and air conditioning equipment.

Scope

The provisions of the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2002).

*Revise the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in the Code as a reference and guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section R202 by adding the following definitions:

Absorption System. A refrigerating system in which refrigerant is pressurized by pumping a chemical solution of refrigerant in absorbent, and then separated by the addition of heat in a generator, condensed (to reject heat), expanded, evaporated (to provide refriger- ation), and reabsorbed in an absorber to repeat the cycle; the system may be single or multiple effect, the latter using multiple stages or intentionally cascaded use of heat to improve efficiency. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Basement. A basement shall not be considered as a story if the finished surface of the floor above the basement is:

* Less than 6 feet (1829 mm) above grade plane; or

* Less than 6 feet (1829 mm) above the finished ground level for more than 50 percent of the building perimeter; and

* Is less than 12 feet (3658 mm) above finished ground level around the entire building perimeter. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS). Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems are non-load bearing exterior wall cladding systems generally consisting of an insulation board, an adhesive and/or mechanical attachment of the insulation board to the substrate, glass fiber reinforcing mesh, a base coat on the face of the insulation board and an aggregated polymer binder based finish coat. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Story Above Grade. Any story having its finished floor surface entirely above grade except that a basement shall be considered as a story above grade when the finished surface of the floor above the basement is:

* More than 6 feet (1829 mm) above grade plane;

* More than 6 feet (1829 mm) above the finished ground level for more than 50 percent of the total building perimeter; or

* More than 12 feet (3658 mm) above the finished ground level at any point. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Ventilating Area, Net Free (NFVA). The Net Free Ventilating Area (NFVA) of a static ventilating device is the sum of the smallest cross-sectional areas of airways in the device. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 3

BUILDING PLANNING

SECTION R303

LIGHTING, VENTILATION AND HEATING

* Add exception to Section R303.4 and renumber existing and new exceptions to 1 & 2 respectively:

Section R303.4 Stairway Illumination.

Exceptions:

1. An artificial light source is not required at the top and bottom landing, provided an artificial light source is located directly over each stairway section.

2. All stairways which are not required by Section 310 as part of an emergency exit will not be required to be illuminated by artificial light. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R309

GARAGES AND CARPORTS

* Add exception to Section R309.2 to read as follows:

Section R309.2 Separation required.

Exception:

In garages protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13D, a separation is not required. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R314

STAIRWAYS

* Revise Section R314.2 to read as follows and add exception:

R314.2 Treads and risers. The maximum riser height shall be 73/4 inches (196 mm) and the minimum tread depth shall be 9 inches (229 mm). (Remainder of section left unchanged.)

Exception.

The first and the last riser may vary by an amount no greater than 3/4 inch (19 mm) from the other risers in the flight of stairs. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Delete Section R314.2.1 and substitute the following:

R314.2.1 Profile. The radius of curvature, if any, at the leading edge of the tread shall be no greater than 9/16 inch (14.3 mm). A nosing projection of not less than 3/4 inch (19 mm) but not more than 11/2 inches (38 mm) shall be provided on treads with solid risers. Beveling of nosing shall not exceed 1/2 (12.7 mm). Risers shall be vertical or sloped from the underside of the leading edge of the tread above at an angle not more than 30 degrees from the vertical.

Exception.

A nosing is not required where the tread depth is a minimum of 11 inches (279 mm). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R315

HANDRAILS

* Delete Section R315.1 and substitute the following:

R315.1 Handrails. Handrails having minimum and maximum heights of 30 inches and 38 inches (762 mm and 965 mm), respectively, measured vertically from the nosing of the treads, shall be provided on at least one side of stairways of 30 inches (762 mm) or more in height. Spiral stairways and winders shall have the required handrails located on the outside radius. All required handrails shall be continuous the full length of the stairs excluding the landings. Ends shall be returned or shall terminate in newel posts or safety terminals. Handrails projecting from a wall shall have a space not less than 11/2 inches (38 mm) between the wall and the handrail.

Exception:

1. Handrails shall be permitted to be interrupted by a newel post at a turn.

2. The use of a volute, turnout or starting easing shall be allowed over the lowest tread.

3. Handrails may be interrupted within the width of a tread where the wall configuration changes. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Delete Section R315.2 and substitute the following:

R315.2 Handrail grip size. Handrails shall have either a circular cross section with a diameter of 11/4 (32 mm) to 2 inches (51 mm), or a noncircular cross section with a perimeter dimension of at least 4 inches (102 mm) but not more than 61/4 (159 mm) and a largest cross section dimension not exceeding 23/4 inches (69.9 mm). Edges shall have a minimum radius of 1/8 inch (3.2 mm). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R317

SMOKE ALARMS

The State's minimum requirements for smoke detection systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: State's minimum requirements for smoke detectors in One and Two Family Dwellings shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2.

* Delete Section R317.1 and substitute the following:

R317.1 Smoke detectors required. Smoke detectors shall be installed outside of each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms, but in no case more than 10 feet away from the door, and on each additional story of the dwelling, including basements and cellars but not including crawlspaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings with split levels, a smoke detector needs to be installed only in the upper level, provided the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level, except that if there is a door between levels, then a smoke detector is required on each level. All detectors shall provide an alarm which is audible in all sleeping areas. All detectors shall be approved and listed and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R321

DWELLING UNIT SEPARATION

* Revise Section R321.1 by adding an exception and numbering exceptions as 1 & 2 to read as follows:

R321.1 Two-family dwellings.

#2. Two family dwellings that qualify for independent electrical (separate) services shall be separated with a minimum two-hour fire rated assembly. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R322

MOISTURE VAPOR RETARDERS

* Delete Section 322.1 and substitute the following:

R322.1 Retarder required. In all frame walls, and floors, and ceilings, not ventilated to allow moisture to escape, an approved vapor retarder having a maximum perm rating of 1.0, when tested in accordance with Procedure for Desiccant of Method ASTM E 96 shall be used on the warm-in-winter side of the thermal insulation. The moisture vapor retarders shall also comply with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings.

Exceptions: In construction where moisture or its freezing will not damage the materials. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R324

PROTECTION AGAINST TERMITES

* Revise Section R324.1 by adding the sentence at the end of section to read as follows:

R 324.1 Subterranean termite control. . . .any combination of these methods. Clearance between exterior wall cladding, except masonry veneer, shall be at least 6 inches (152 mm) and a 2 inch (51 mm) clear inspections space above paved areas must be visible below cladding down to the final grade of the top of the soil which is immediately adjacent to the structure. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Add new Section R324.5 to read as follows:

R324.5 Removal of debris. Cells and cavities in masonry units of foundation and basement walls shall be cleaned of all trash, debris, wood scraps, and other extraneous content before concrete placement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 4

FOUNDATIONS

SECTION 403

FOOTINGS

* Revise Figure R403.1(1) Concrete and Masonry Foundation Details.


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(Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R404

FOUNDATION WALLS

* Add exception to Section R404.1.7 to read as follows and number exceptions as 1 and 2:

R404.1.7 Backfill placement.

Exception:

1. Such bracing is not required for walls supporting less than 4 feet (1219 mm) of unbalanced backfill.

2. Such bracing is not required for poured concrete walls having sufficient strength. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 5

FLOORS

SECTION R502

WOOD FLOOR FRAMING

* Revise Section R502.2.1 to read as follows:

R502.2.1 Decks. Decks shall be constructed in accordance with this code or Chapter 3 of the 1996 Forest Products Society, "Wood Decks, Materials, Construction, and Finishing" manual. (Remainder of section left unchanged). (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Add new Sections R502.2.1.1, R502.2.1.2, R502.2.1.3, R502.2.1.4 and R502.2.1.5 to read as follows:

R502.2.1.1 Guardrails. Guardrails shall comply with the live load requirements in Section R301.4. Guardrails may be constructed as per Figures 44 and 45 of the 1996 Forest Products Society,"Wood Decks, Materials, Construction, and Finishing" manual, and meet the design criteria as described in Section R316.

Exception: Stairway Guardrails shall meet live load requirements specified in Section R301.4.

R502.2.1.2 Footings. Footing design for decks and porches shall be as required in Section R403.

R502.2.1.3 Stairways. Stairways shall comply with Section R314.

R502.2.1.4 Protection against decay. Protection against decay shall be in accordance with Section R323.

R502.2.1.5 Protection against termites. Protection against termites shall be in accordance with Section R324. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 7

WALL COVERING

SECTION R703

EXTERIOR COVERING

* Revise Table 703.4 by adding the following:

Table 703.4 Weather-Resistant Siding Attachment and Minimum Thickness


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* Delete Section(s) R703.9, R703.9.1 and 703.9.2 and substitute the following:

703.9 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

703.9.1 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) shall conform to Appendix L, Performance Requirements for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

703.9.2 Wall assemblies incorporating EIFS shall be provided with drainage as recognized in a current model building code Evaluation Report and shall conform to Appendix M, Requirements for Drainage Installed with Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

703.9.3 Wall assemblies incorporating EIFS shall demonstrate drying potential as recognized in a current model building code Evaluation Report and shall be in conformance with Appendix N, Requirements for Drying Potential for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

703.9.4 Installation of exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall comply with ASTM PS49, Standard Practice for Application of Class PB exterior Insulation and Finish System. Where there is a conflict between ASTM PS49 and other provisions of the code, the other provisions shall apply instead of ASTM PS49.

703.9.5 Foam plastic insulation in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 3, Section 318.1, 318.1.1, 318.1.2, 318.2.1, and 318.3.

703.9.6 Weather Resistive Barriers. The weather resistive barrier shall be asphalt saturated felt weighing at least 14 lbs. per hundred square feet (0.683 kg/m2), or conform to ASTM D226 Type I or equal, as determined by qualified testing. The barrier shall be free from holes and breaks and shall be applied over studs or sheathing of all exterior walls. Weather-resistant sheathing paper type barriers shall be applied horizontally with the upper layer lapped over the lower layer not less than 2 inches (52 mm). Where vertical joints occur, the felt or paper shall be lapped not less than 6 inches (152 mm). Approved surface applied type barriers shall be monolithic and continuous and shall be applied in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and application instructions.

703.9.7 Flashing for Exterior Insulating and Finish Systems (EIFS). Flashing shall be approved, corrosion resistive, and provided in such a manner as to be leakproof and flashed to the exterior. Windows, doors, louvers and other similar openings shall be flashed. Windows shall be flashed at the top, sides and sills. Window heads shall be flashed to the exterior, except that self-flashing windows having a continuous lap of not less than 1 1/8 inches (28 mm) over sheathing material around the perimeter of the opening, including corners, do not require additional flashing at the head. Flashing shall be installed at the intersections of walls, including chimney chase walls, with roofs, decks, balconies, porches, stairs, landings and similar construction. The weather resistive barrier shall be continuous with the weather resistive barrier behind wall coverings adjacent to the EIFS or flashed to the exterior.

703.9.7.1 Refer to Appendix M for typical weather resistive barrier, flashing details, and installation details.

703.9.8 Sealants for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS). Sealants shall be installed between EIFS and adjoining construction or penetrations in accordance with ASTM C1193. Minimum 3/4 inch (19 mm) wide sealant joints shall be installed at floor lines of wood framed floors. Minimum 1/2 inch (13 mm) wide sealant joints shall be installed at perimeters of wall openings such as for windows and doors. Sealants applied in a fillet configuration shall be installed over bond breaker tape or other pre-formed closed cell sealant backing. Sealants shall be installed so as not to block weeps or other water drainage. Sealants shall conform to ASTM C920, grade NS, Type M or S, Class 25. Sealants shall be tested in accordance with ASTM C1135 and PS49. Minimum 50% elongation after conditioning shall be required. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 8

ROOF-CEILING CONSTRUCTION

SECTION R802

WOOD ROOF FRAMING

* Revise Section R802.3 to read as follows:

R802.3 Framing details. Rafters shall be framed to the ridge board or to each other with a gusset plate as a tie. Where rafters meet to form a ridge they shall be placed directly opposite each other, or centerline offset not more than 11/2 inches (38 mm). Ridge board shall be at least 1-inch (25.4 mm) nominal thickness and not less in depth than the cut end of the rafter. At all valleys and hips there shall be a valley or hip rafter not less than 2-inch (51 mm) nominal thickness and not less than the cut end of the rafter. Valley rafters shall be supported at the ridge... (remainder of section left unchanged). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION R806

ROOF VENTILATION

* Add new Section R806.4 to read as follows:

R806.4 Static Ventilating Devices. Manufactured static ventilating devices shall be identified by the manufacturer's mark, logo or product identification and the net free ventilating area (NFVA). (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 9

ROOF ASSEMBLIES

SECTION R907

REROOFING

* Revise Section R907.1 to read as follows:

R907.1 General. Materials and methods of application used for recovering or replacing an existing roof covering shall comply with the requirements of this chapter. Roof repairs to existing roofs and roof coverings shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 34 of the International Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 11

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

* Delete Chapter 11 Energy Efficiency without substitution.

For energy code compliance refer to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 12

MECHANICAL ADMINISTRATION

SECTION M1201

GENERAL

* Delete Section M1201.2 and substitute the following:

M1201.2 Alternate materials, design and methods of construction and equipment. The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be ap- proved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code. Compliance with the specific performance-based provisions of the International Code Council (ICC) codes in lieu of specific requirements of this code shall also be permitted as an alternative.

M1201.2.1 Tests. Whenever there is insufficent evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials and methods, the building official shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the jurisdiction. Test methods shall be as specified in this code or by other recognized test standards. In absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the building official shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be retained by the building official for the period required for the retention of public records. (Effective January 1, 2002).

CHAPTER 13

GENERAL MECHANICAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

SECTION M1302

APPROVAL

* Delete Section M1302.1 and substitute the following:

M1302.1 General. See Section M1201.2. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION M1305

APPLIANCE ACCESS

* Revise Section M1305.1.3 first and last sentences to read as follows:

M1305.3 Appliances in attics. Attics containing appliances requiring access shall be provided with an opening and a clear and unobstructed passageway large enough to allow the removal of the largest appliance, but not less than 30 inches (762 mm) high and 22 inches (559 mm) wide to the appliance. (Last sentence) The clear access opening dimensions shall be a minimum of 20 inches by 30 inches (508 mm by 762 mm), where such dimensions are large enough to allow the removal of the largest appliance and be accessible by pull down stairs or other permanent steps. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section M1305.1.4.1 to read as follows:

M1305.1.4.1 Ground clearance. Equipment and appliances installed at grade level shall be supported on a level concrete slab or other approved material extending above grade a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm) or shall be suspended a minimum of 6 inches (152 mm) above adjoining grade. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 14

HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT

SECTION M1401

GENERAL

* Revise Section M1401.4 to read as follows:

M1401.4 Exterior installations. Equipment installed outdoors shall be listed and labeled for outdoor installation. Supports and foundations shall prevent excessive vibration, settlement or movement of the equipment. Equipment and appliances installed at grade level shall be supported on a level concrete slab or other approved material extending above grade a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm) or shall be suspended a minimum of 6 inches (152 mm) above adjoining grade. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 16

DUCT SYSTEMS

SECTION M1601

DUCT CONSTRUCTION

* Revise Section M1601.2 by adding a last sentence to read as follows:

M1601.2 Factory-made ducts. Each portion of a factory-made air duct system shall bear a label or mark indicating compliance with UL 181 and UL 181A and shall comply with the requirements of the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section M1601.2.1 by adding requirement #4 to read as follows:

M1601.2.1 Duct insulation materials.

4. All duct insulation materials shall comply with the requirements of the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section M1601.3.1 by adding a last sentence to read as follows:

M1601.3.1 Joints and seams. The joints and seams for the duct system shall be sealed in accordance with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section M1601.3.4 by adding requirement #4 to read as follows:

M1601.3.4 Duct insulation.

4. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 20

BOILERS/WATER HEATERS

SECTION M2001

BOILERS

* Revise Section M2001.1 by adding a last sentence to read as follows:

M2001.1 Installation. The efficiencies of the boilers shall comply with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 24FUEL GAS

SECTION G2409 (308)

CLEARANCE REDUCTION

* Add Exceptions to Section G2409.2 to read as follows:

G2409.2 Reduction table.

Exceptions:

1. Appliances that are approved and listed for such locations.

2. Appliances installed in an enclosure communicating directly with a garage in which all combustion air is taken from the outdoors and the enclosure is equipped with a solid weather-stripped door and self-closing device. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2414 (404)

PIPING SYSTEM INSTALLATION

* Revise Section G2414.8 to read as follows:

G2414.8 Protection against corrosion. Metallic pipe or tubing exposed to corrosive action, such as soil condition or moisture, shall be protected in an approved manner. Ferrous metal exposed in exterior locations shall be protected from corrosion. Where dissimilar metals are joined underground, an insulating coupling or fitting shall be used. Piping shall not be laid in contact with cinders. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2418 (408)

DRIPS AND SLOPING PIPING

* Revise Section G2418.4 to read as follows:

G2418.4 Sediment trap. Where a sediment trap is not incorporated as part of the gas utilization equipment, a sediment trap shall be installed as close to the inlet of the equipment as practical. The sediment trap shall be either a tee fitting with a minimum 3 inch (76 mm) long capped nipple in the bottom outlet or other configuration approved as an effective sediment trap. Illuminating appliances, ranges, clothes dryers, decorative appliances for installation in vented fireplaces, decorative vented appliances, and outdoor grills need not be so equipped unless required by manufacturer's installation instructions. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2419 (409)

GAS SHUTOFF VALVES

* Revise Section G2419.1.2 by adding an exception to read as follows:

G2419.1.2 Prohibited locations. Shutoff valves shall be prohibited in concealed locations and spaces used as plenums.

Exception: Equipment shutoff valves required by the code shall be permitted to be installed in accessible above ceiling spaces containing vented gas utilization equipment. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2422 (413)

CNG GAS DISPENSING SYSTEMS

* Delete Section G2422.1 and substitute the following:

G2422.1 General. Under Georgia law, the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office govern the storage, delivery and dispensing of compressed natural gas. Refer to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office and NFPA 52 for all requirements concerning compressed natural gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing stations. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2426 (503)

VENTING OF EQUIPMENT

* Revise Section G2426.10.2.2 by adding an exception to read as follows:

Section G2426.10.2.2 Vent connectors located in unconditioned areas.

Exception: Single-wall metal vent connectors shall be allowed in unconditioned areas other than attics and crawl spaces where the 97.5-percent value for outside design temperature is 10 degrees F (-18 degree C) or greater as shown in Figure R301.2(1). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2443 (620)

UNVENTED ROOM HEATERS

* Revise Section G2443.1 to read as follows:

G2443.1 General. Unvented room heaters shall be tested in accordance with ANSI Z 21.11.2 and shall be installed in accordance with the conditions of the listing of the manufacturer's installation instructions. Unvented room heaters utilizing fuels other than gas shall be regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION G2445 (622)

COOKING APPLIANCES

* Delete Section G2445.2 Prohibited location without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Delete Section G2445.3 Domestic appliances without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

APPENDIX L

* Add Appendix L to read as follows:


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APPENDIX M

* Add Appendix M to read as follows:

REQUIREMENTS FOR DRAINAGE INSTALLED WITH EXTERIOR INSULATION AND FINISH SYSTEMS (EIFS)

M1.01 Scope:

These requirements cover the drainage of water from wall construction incorporating EIFS and weather resistive barriers. Drainage is provided to prevent water intrusion beyond the water resistive barrier and to discharge water to the exterior.

M2.01 Reference Documents

ASTM Standards E 331 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference.

M3.01 Terminology

Descriptions of Terms Specific to this Standard:

M3.01.1 Drainage: The collection and discharge of water gravity flow.

M4.01 Drainage of Water

M4.01.1 Walls incorporating EIFS and drainage shall be constructed to collect incidental water at the exterior outside faces of a weather resistive barrier and flashing. The wall assembly shall allow water collected at the outside faces of the weather resistive barrier and flashing to flow by gravity to the exterior.

M4.01.2 The weather resistive barrier shall be integrated with the flashing to prevent water intrusion to the interior.

M4.01.3 Drainage shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E331 and 5.01.

M5.01 Test Method For Determining The Drainage Performance of Wall Assemblies Clad With Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS).

This test method consists of testing EIFS clad wall assemblies for Drainage Performance By ASTM E331, Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference, except as described otherwise herein.

M5.01.1 Scope:

This test method evaluates the drainage performance of EIFS when subjected to water applied in conjunction with a positive uniform static air pressure.

M5.01.2 Test Method

ASTM E331

M5.01.3 Apparatus

ASTM E331 for application of water and positive uniform static air pressure and a catchment to collect and measure drained water.

M5.01.4 Test Specimen

M5.01.4.1 The EIFS clad wall test specimens shall be a minimum of 4' x 8' (123 cm x 246 cm).

M5.01.4.2 Minimum of four test specimens plus a control shall be assembled and allowed to cure for 28 days prior to test. The test specimens shall contain a fault.Dimensions and location of the fault are shown in Figure M-1.0.

M5.01.4.3 The EIFS assemblies shall be installed with the materials, details, and methods of assembly as required by the manufacturer.

M5.01.4.3.1 For acceptance of wall assemblies with wood-based sheathing, the test wall shall include the sheathing to be accepted.

M5.01.4.4 The supporting framework for the EIFS wall assemblies shall be of wood or metal stud construction and framing spacing as required by the manufacturer. The standard framing spacing is 16" (41 cm) on center.

M5.01.4.5 The test specimens shall be constructed to allow observation of drainage.

M5.01.5 Test Procedure:

M5.01.5.1 Test pressure difference shall be minimum 6.24 pounds per square foot (psf).

M5.01.5.2 Water delivery to the exterior surface shall be uniform and at a rate of 5.0 gallons per square foot hour (19 liters per 0.093 square meter hour).

M5.01.5.3 Water and pressure duration shall be minimum 15 minutes.

M5.01.5.4 Subject the four test specimens to the conditions in 5.1 and 5.3. Observe and verify that specimens drain freely.

M5.01.5.5 Allow each specimen to drain in the vertical position.

M5.01.5.6 After one hour of drainage, select one of the test specimens; disassemble and verify drainage by observation.

Note: Disassembly of wall must assure inspection of all wall components. Any water accumulation beyond incidental beading due to surface tension shall be reported.

M6.01REPORT

M6.01.1 Follow ASTM E331 Sections 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.1.7, 12.1.9, 12.1.10, and 12.2 plus the following:

M6.01.2 Observations from 5.4, 5.5, and 5.7.

M6.01.3 Details of assembly, including a description of components, mixing and application, thickness of components and a statement of conformance to the manufacturer's application instructions.

M6.01.4 Photographic video documentation of test specimens,

including assembly, components, drainage verification,

and samples removed in 5.8.

M6.01.5 Detailed drawings of the test specimens.

M6.01.6 A record of all points of water penetration to the cavity and drainage performance.

(Effective January 1, 2002)


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APPENDIX N

* Add new Appendix N to read as follows:

REQUIREMENTS FOR DRYING POTENTIAL FOR EXTERIOR INSULATION AND FINISH SYSTEMS (EIFS)

N1.01 SCOPE

These requirements cover the potential for drying of wall construction incorporating EIFS and drainage. Drying of water in excess of 1 ounce per square foot shall be confirmed by testing in accordance with ASTM E 331 and Section 2.01.

N2.01 TEST METHOD

N2.01.1 Follow Appendix M, Requirements for Drainage Installed with Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), Sections 5.01 through 5.01.5.6.

N2.01.2 Allow three test speciments plus the control specimen to dry in a conditioned space (73 degrees Fahrenheit ± 4 degrees @ 50% Relative Humidity) (23 degrees Centigrade ± 2 degrees @ 50% Relative Humidity) for 72 hours. {NOTE: These are usually the same test specimens tested for drainage.}

N2.01.3 After 72 hours of drying, cut three 12" x 12" (305 mm x 305 mm) samples to include all components of the assembly except framing from each test specimen and the control, as shown in figure N-1.0.

N2.01.4 Record observations.

N2.01.5 Immediately weigh each sample and place in an oven controlled at 120 ±10 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Centigrade ± 5 degrees) until constant weight is obtained. Record weight loss of each sample to the nearest .01 ounce (31 grams).

N2.01.6 Determine the average weight loss for the nine samples (TSRM) from the test specimens. Determine the average weight loss for the three control samples (CSBM).

N3.01 TSRM - CSBM = SRM

TSRM - Average residual moisture in nine test samples (oz.) (gr.)

CSRM - Average background moisture in three control samples (oz.) (gr.)

SRM - Average residual moisture in system per square foot; (ounce per square foot) (gr. per square meter).

N4.01 REPORT

A record of all weights as recorded in Section 2.01.5 and 2.01.6 to evaluate drying potential.

N5.01 ACCEPTANCE

SRM (Average Residual Moisture in system per square foot) shall not exceed 1 ounce per square foot. (Effective January 1, 2002)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(International Building Code

The STANDARD BUILDING CODE (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (International Building Code) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such building or structures.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

* Revise the Standard Building Code (International Building Code) 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in Code as a reference and guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 201

GENERAL

* Revise Section 201.1 to add the following:

201.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for definitions shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code with the exception of those definitions established by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner and with the exception of the definitions of occupancies and their classification. Where any definitions are not specifically addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code and those same definitions are specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code or Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, then the Life Safety Code or Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 3

USE AND OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION

SECTION 301

GENERAL

* Revise Section 301.1 to add the following:

301.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for occupancy classifications or sub-classifications including the definitions thereof shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Occupancy classifications or sub-classifications including the definitions thereof not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Geor- gia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 4SPECIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USE AND OCCUPANCY

SECTION 401

SCOPE

* Revise Section 401.1 to add the following:

401.1 Detailed use and occupancy requirements. The State's minimum requirements for occupancy classifications or sub-classifications including the definitions thereof shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Occupancy classifications or sub-classifications including the definitions thereof not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 5

GENERAL BUILDING HEIGHTS AND AREAS

SECTION 506

AREA MODIFICATIONS

* Delete Section 506.1.1 Basements entirely without substitution. {Refer to Section 503.1.1 for the requirements for basements.} (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 6

TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 601

GENERAL

* Revise Section 601.1 to add the following:

601.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for building construction types shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code including allowable height and building areas and requirements for sprinkler protection related to minimum building construction types. Areas not specifically addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code, the Life Safety Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: Health care, nursing care, ambulatory health care and detection occupancies shall comply with the minimum construction requirements of the Life Safety Code and the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 703

FIRE-RESISTANCE RATINGS AND FIRE TESTS

* Add Section 703.5 to read as follows:

703.5 Fire wall and smoke barrier identification. All walls as described in Section 705 through 709 shall be identified with signs or stenciling with suggested wording:

"Fire and Smoke Barrier - Protect All Openings".

Exception: Existing stenciling acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 705

FIRE WALLS

* Revise Section 705.3 to read as follows:

705.3 Materials. Delete Exception: Building of Type V Construction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 707

SHAFT AND VERTICAL EXIT ENCLOSURES

* Add Section 707.1.1 to read as follows:

707.1.1 Protection of vertical openings. The State's minimum requirements for protection of vertical openings shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 707.14.1 to read as follows:

707.14.1 Elevator lobby. Delete Exception 1 in Section 707.14.1 without substitution and renumber remaining exceptions. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 8

INTERIOR FINISHES

SECTION 801

GENERAL

* Revise Section 801.1 to add the following:

801.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for interior finishes shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 9

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

[F] SECTION 903

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

* Revise Section 903.1 to add the following:

903.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement.

Exception: Fire sprinkler systems required by minimum construction requirements shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002) [F] SECTION 905

STANDPIPE SYSTEM

* Revise Section 905.1 to add the following:

905.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for standpipes shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Life Safety Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. The requirements for occupant hoses may be eliminated in new and existing buildings subject to the approval of the Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

[F] SECTION 907

FIRE ALARM AND DETECTIONS SYSTEMS

* Revise Section 907.1 to add the following:

907.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for fire alarm and detection systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code or the Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 907.2.10.1.1 Notes 1 and 2 to read as follows:

907.2.10.1.1 Group R-1.

1. In all interior corridors, halls and basements not more than 30 feet (9.2 m) apart or more than 15 feet (4.6 m) from any wall, where there are no interior halls or corridors, the detectors shall be installed in each sleeping room.

2. In each room in the path of the means of egress from the sleeping area to the door leading from the guest room or suite, a smoke detector shall be mounted on the ceiling or wall at a point centrally located in the corridor or area giving access to each group of rooms used for sleeping purposes. (Effective January 1, 2002)

{Cross reference in State law: Title 25, Chapter 2 of Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) and the Rules of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner}

* Revise Section 907.2.10.1.2 Note 2 to read as follows:

907.2.10.1.2 Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and I-1.

2. In each room used for sleeping purposes except for in Group R- 2 dwellings and dwelling units, a smoke detector shall be mounted on the ceiling or wall at a point centrally located in the corridor or area giving access to each group of rooms used for sleeping purposes. (Effective January 1, 2002) {Cross reference in State law: Title 25, Chapter 2 of Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) and the Rules of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner}

* Revise Section 907.2.10.2 first sentence to read as follows:

907.2.10.2 Power Source.

In new construction, required smoke alarms shall receive their primary power from the building wiring where such wiring is served from a commercial source and shall be equipped with a one and onehalf hour emergency battery back-up power supply source. (Effective January 1, 2002)

{Cross reference in State law: Title 25, Chapter 2 of Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) and the Rules of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner}

CHAPTER 10

MEANS OF EGRESS

SECTION 1001

ADMINISTRATION

* Revise Section 1001.1 to add the following:

1001.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for means of egress and all components thereof, shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement. The Life Safety Code shall establish the requirement for a smoke proof enclosure of each exit from high-rise buildings.

Exceptions:

1. The State's minimum construction requirements for smokeproof enclosures shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 11

ACCESSIBILITY

* Delete Chapter 11 Accessibility entirely without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

{Cross reference in State law: Title 30, Chapter 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) and the Rules of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner}

CHAPTER 13

ENERGY CONSERVATION

* Delete Chapter 13 Energy Conservation entirely without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

{Cross reference in State law: Title 8, Chapter 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) State's minimum standards for energy conservation for building as required by the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings.}

CHAPTER 14

EXTERIOR WALLS

SECTION 1404

MATERIALS

* Add Section 1404.10 to read as follows:

1404.10 Materials. Cellulose fiber-reinforced cement building boards shall conform to the requirements of ASTM E-84. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1405

INSTALLATION OF WALL COVERINGS

* Add Sections 1405.16 and 1405.17 to read as follows:

1405.16 Installation of wall coverings. Installation of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Class PB shall comply with ASTM PS 49, Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. Where there is a conflict betweem ASTM PS 49 and other provisions of the code, the more restrictive shall apply. See Section 1704.12. (Effective January 1, 2002)

1405.17 Installation of wall coverings. Clearance between wall cladding, except masonry veneer, shall be at least 6 inches (152 mm) and a 2 inch (51 mm) clear inspection space above paved areas must be visible below cladding down to the final grade of the top of the soil which is immediately adjacent to the structure. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 15

ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP STRUCTURES

SECTION 1507

REQUIREMENTS FOR ROOF COVERINGS

* Revise Section 1507.4.4 to add a new item number 4 that reads as follows:

1507.4.4 Attachment.

4. Aluminum fasteners shall be used for aluminum roofing. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 16

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

SECTION 1602

DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 1602.1 to add a new definition as follows:

1602.1 Definitions.

DEAD LOADS. The weight of materials of construction incorporated into the building, including but not limited to foundations, walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, stairways, built-in partitions, finishes, cladding, and other similarly incorporated architectural and struc- tural items, and fixed service equipment, including the weight of cranes. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1603

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

* Revise Section 1603.1.5 to add item number 7 to read as follows:

1603.1.5 Earthquake design data.

7. Seismic design category. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1603.3 to read as follows:

1603.3 Live loads posted. Where the live loads for which each floor or portion thereof of a commercial or industrial building is or has been designed to exceed 100 pounds per square foot (2.40 kN/ m2), such design live load shall be conspicuously posted by the owner in that part of each story in which they apply, using durable signs. It shall be unlawful to remove or deface such notices. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1604

GENERAL DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 1604.4 fifth paragraph to read as follows:

1604.4 Analysis.

Every structure shall be designed to resist the overturning effects caused by lateral forces specified in this chapter. See Sections 1617.4.5 or 1618 for earthquake forces, Section 1609.1.3 for wind forces and Section 1610 for lateral soil loads. See Section 1801.2.1 for foundation design for seismic overturning. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1606

DEAD LOADS

* Add Section 1606.3 to read as follows:

1606.3 Distribution or floor loads. Where uniform floor live loads are involved in the design of structural members arranged so as to create continuity, the minimum applied loads shall be the full dead loads on all spans in combination with the floor live load on adjacent spans and on alternate spans. Live loads may be reduced in accordance with Section 1607.9. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1607

LIVE LOADS

TABLE 1607.1

MINIMUM UNIFORMLY DISTRIBUTED LIVE LOADS AND MINIMUM CONCENTRATED LIVE LOADS

* Revise Table 1607.1 to read as follows:

Item 6. Decks: add "Not less than 60 psf".

Item 27. Residential: add "Corridors 80 psf" and "Balconies 60 psf". (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1607.11.1 to read as follows:

1607.11.1 Distribution of roof loads. Where uniform roof live loads are involved in the design of structural members arranged so as to create continuity, the minimum applied loads shall be the dead loads on all spans in combination with live loads on adjacent spans and on alternate spans. See Section 1608.5 for partial snow loading. Roof live loads may be reduced in accordance with Section 1606.11.2. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1607.13 to read as follows:

1607.13 Interior walls and partitions. Interior walls and partitions that exceed 6 feet (1829 mm) in height, including their finish materials, shall resist the loads to which they are subjected but not less than a horizontal load of 5 pounds per square foot (0.240 kN/ m2). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1609

WIND LOADS

* Revise Section 1609.1.3 second sentence to read as follows:

1609.1.3 Anchorage against overturning, uplift and sliding. Where a portion of the resistance to these forces is provided by dead load, including the weight of soils and foundations, the dead load shall be taken as the minimum dead load likely to be in place during a design wind event. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1609.2 to add a new item number 8 to read as follows:

1609.2 Definitions.

BUILDING, SIMPLE DIAPHRAGM.

8. Wind loads are transmitted through a vertically spanning wall system, separate from the main wind force-resisting system, to the floor and roof diaphragms. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1620

EARTHQUAKE LOADS-DESIGN, DETAILING REQUIREMENTS AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS LOAD EFFECTS

* Revise Section 1620.1.6 to read as follows:

1620.1.6 Collector elements. Exception: In structures or portions thereof braced entirely by light frame shear walls, collector elements, splices and connections to resisting elements need to be designed to resist forces in accordance with load combinations of Sections 1605.2 or 1605.3. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 17

STRUCTURAL TEST AND SPECIAL INSPECTIONS

SECTION 1701

GENERAL

* Revise Section 1701.1 to read as follows:

1701.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall ensure the quality, workmanship and requirements for materials covered. Materials of construction and tests shall conform to the applicable standards listed in this code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1701.2 to read as follows:

1701.2 New Materials. New building materials, equipment, systems or methods of construction not provided for in this code, and any material of questioned suitability proposed for use in the construction of a building or structure, shall be subjected to the tests prescribed in this chapter and in the approved rules to determine character, quality and limitations of use by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1702

DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 1702 definitions to read as follows:

1702.1 General.

APPROVED AGENCY. An established and recognized agency regularly engaged in conducting tests or furnishing inspection services, when such agency has been approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE. A certificate stating that materials and products meet specified standards or that work was done in compliance with approved construction documents by the supplier of the products. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1703

APPROVALS

* Revise Section 1703.1.3 to read as follows:

1703.1.3 Personal. An approved agency shall employ experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising and evaluating tests and/or inspections specifically for materials. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1703.2 to read as follows:

1703.2 Written approval. Any material, equipment, system or method of construction meeting the requirements of this code and requiring inspection and tests per this code, shall be approved in writing after satisfactory completion of the required test and submission of required test reports. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1703.3 to read as follows:

1703.3 Approved record. For any material, equipment, system or method of construction that has been approved, a record of such approval, including the conditions and limitations of the approval, shall be kept on file in the building official's office and shall be open to public inspection at appropriate times. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1703.7 title name to read as follows:

1703.7 Evaluation and follow-up inspection services of "fabricated assemblies".

Remainder of section to remain unchanged. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1704

SPECIAL INSPECTIONS


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* Revise Section 1704.3.3 to read as follows:

1704.3.3 High-strength bolts. Installation of high-strength bolts shall be periodically inspected in accordance with RCSC specifications. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1704.3.3.1 to read as follows:

1704.3.3.1 General. Alternative-design fastener inspection shall be in accordance with instructions provided by the manufacturer and approved by the building official. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1704.3.3.2 to read as follows:

1704.3.3.2 Periodic monitoring. Monitoring of bolt installation for pre-tensioning is permitted to be performed on a periodic basis when using the turn-of-nut method with match marking techniques, the direct tension indicator method, or the twist-off bolt method. Joints designed as snug tight need to be inspected only on a periodic basis. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1704.8 to add a new sentence at the end that reads as follows:

1704.8 Pile foundations. "See Section 1807 of this code." (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1705

QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR SEISMIC RESISTANCE

* Revise Section 1705.1 to read as follows:

1705.1 Scope. Add at the end of item number 2: "See Sections 1613 and 1621 of this code." (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1705.2 first sentence to read as follows:

1705.2 Quality assurance plan preparation. The design of each designated seismic system shall include a quality assurance plan, prepared by a registered design professional in responsible charge. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1706

QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR WIND REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 1706.2 first sentence to read as follows:

1706.2 Quality assurance plan preparation. The design of each main wind-force-resisting system and each wind-resisting component shall include a quality assurance plan prepared by a registered design professional in responsible charge. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 18

SOILS AND FOUNDATION

SECTION 1802

FOUNDATIONS AND SOILS INVESTIGATIONS

* Revise Section 1802.2 to read as follows:

1802.2 Where required. Delete exception without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1803

EXCAVATION, GRADING AND FILL

* Revise Section 1803.2 to read as follows:

1803.2 Placement of backfill. Revise the second paragraph to read as follows: The backfill shall be placed in lifts not to exceed 12 inches (305 mm) and compacted in a manner that does not damage the foundation, waterproofing, damp proofing material or interior and exterior finishes. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Add Sections 1803.5, 1803.5.1 and 1803.5.2 to read as follows:

1803.5 Support of adjoining buildings and structures. Notice to adjoining structures. Notice to the owner of ajoining buildings or structures shall be served in writing by the one causing the excavation to be made at least ten days before an excavation is commenced. The notice shall state the depth and location of the proposed excavation. (Effective January 1, 2002)

1803.5.1 Excavation 10 ft (3048 mm) or less. When an excavation extends not more than 10 feet (3048 mm) below the extablished curb grade nearest the point of excavation under consideration, the owner of the adjoining structure or building shall be afforded the necessary license to enter the premises where the excavation is to be made, and at his own expense, shall provide the necessary underpinning or protection. (Effective January 1, 2002)

1803.5.2 Excavation greater than 10 ft (3048 mm). When an excavation extends more than 10 ft (3048 mm) below the established curb grade nearest the point of excavation under consideration, the one causing the excavation to be made, if given the necessary license to enter the adjoining premises, shall provide at his own expense one of the following:

1. Underpinning and protection required by that part of the excavation which extends to a depth greater than 10 ft (3048 mm) below the established curb grade nearest the point of excavation under consideration, whether or not the existing footings or foundation extend to the depth of 10 ft (3048 mm) or more below curb grade, or,

2. Shoring and bracing of the sides of the excavation required to prevent any soil movement into the excavation. If permanent lateral support is provided, the method used must satisfy requirements of the building official. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1805

FOOTINGS AND FOUNDATIONS

* Revise Section 1805.2.1 to read as follows:

1805.2.1 Frost protection. Except where erected on solid rock or otherwise protected from frost, foundation walls, piers and other permanent supports of buildings and structures that either exceed 400 square feet (37 m2) in area or 10 feet (3048 mm) in height shall extend below the frost line of the locality, and spread footings of adequate size shall be provided where necessary to properly distribute the load within the allowable load-bearing value of the soil. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1805.5.6 item number 3.1 to read as follows:

1805.5.6 Pier and curtain wall foundations. 3.1 The unsupported height of the masonry piers shall not exceed 10 times their least dimension for solid masonry piers. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1806

DAMPPROOFING AND WATERPROOFING

* Revise Section 1806.1 first sentence of second paragraph to read as follows:

1806.1 Where required. Ventilation for crawl spaces shall comply with Section 1202.3. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1807

PIER AND PILE FOUNDATIONS

* Revise Section 1807.1 to read as follows:

1807.1 Definitions. PIER FOUNDATIONS. Change the number 12 to the number 10 in the definition for pier foundations. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1811

PIER FOUNDATIONS

* Revise Section 1811.2 first sentence to read as follows:

1811.2 Lateral dimensions and height. The minimum horizontal dimension of isolated piers used as foundations shall be 16 inches (406 mm), and the height shall not exceed 10 times the least horizontal dimension. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 19

CONCRETE

SECTION 1901

GENERAL

* Revise Section 1901.1 to read as follows:

1901.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall govern the materials, design and construction of concrete used in structures. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 1901.4 item number 10 to read as follows:

1901.4 Construction documents.

10. Stressing sequence for post-tensioning tendons for members where the stressing sequence is necessary to properly erect an unconventional structure. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1905

CONCRETE QUALITY, MIXING AND PLACING

* Revise Section 1905.6.1 to read as follows:

1905.6.1 Qualified technicians. Add the words "from an approved agency" after the word "technicians" in two places in this paragraph. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1906

FORMWORK, EMBEDDED PIPES AND CONSTRUCTION JOINTS

* Revise Section 1906.4.4 to read as follows:

1906.4.4 Location in slabs, beams and girders. Construction joints in floors shall be located within the middle third of spans of slabs, beams and girders or as shown on the approved construction documents. Joints in girders shall be offset a minimum distance of two times the width of intersecting beams. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1910SEISMIC DESIGN PROVISIONS

* Revise Section 1910.4.3 to read as follows:

1910.4.3 Anchor bolts in the tops of columns. Add the words "or pedestals" after the word "columns" in both places in this section. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 21

MASONRY

SECTION 2102

DEFINITIONS AND NOTATIONS

* Revise Section 2102.1 existing definitions to read as follows:

2102.1 General.

COLUMN MASONRY - add at the end: See Section 1805.5.6. (Effective January 1, 2002)

MASONRY - add at the beginning: A built-up construction or combination of building units or materials of clay, shale, concrete, glass, gypsum, stone or other approved units bonded together with mortar, grout, or other accepted method of joining. Remainder of definition unchanged. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 2102.1 to add the following new definitions:

2102.1 General.

FILLED CELL MASONRY - That form of solid masonry in which the aligned, unobstructed vertical cells of hollow units are filled with grout. (Effective January 1, 2002)

GROUTED MASONRY - That form of solid masonry in which the interior vertical spaces are filled with grout, except that cores of solid masonry units and end spaces of stretcher units need not be grouted. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 2104

CONSTRUCTION

* Revise Section 2104.2 to add a new sentence at the end to read as follows:

2104.2 Corbeled masonry. Solid masonry units shall be used for corbeling. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 2109

EMPIRICAL DESIGN OF MASONRY

* Revise Section 2109.6.3.2 second sentence to read as follows:

2109.6.3.2 Bonding with prefabricated joint reinforcement. The vertical spacing of the joint reinforcing shall not exceed 16 inches (406 mm). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 2111

MASONRY FIREPLACES

* Revise Section 2111.5 fourth sentence to read as follows:

2111.5 Fireplace walls. When no lining is provided the total minimum thickness of back and side walls shall be 12 inches (305 mm) of solid masonry. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 22

STEEL

SECTION 2209

BOLTING

* Revise Section 2209.1 to read as follows:

2209.1 General. The design, installation and inspection of bolts shall be in accordance with the requirements of the specifications listed in Sections 2204, 2205 and RCSC. Special inspections of the installation of high strength bolts shall be provided where required by Section 1704 and RCSC specifications. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 23

WOOD

SECTION 2303

MINIMUM STANDARDS AND QUALITY

* Revise Section 2303.1.1 last sentence of second paragraph to read as follows:

2303.1.1 Lumber. Approved end-jointed lumber is permitted to be used interchangeably with solid-sawn members of the same species and grade as per manufacturer's specifications. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 2304

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 2304.9.2 to read as follows:

2304.9.2 Sheathing fasteners. Sheathing nails or other approved sheathing connectors shall be driven so that their head or crown is flush with the surface of the sheathing or according to manufacturer's specifications. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 2308

CONVENTIONAL LIGHT-FRAME CONSTRUCTION

* Revise Section 2308.9.2.1 last sentence to read as follows:

2308.9.2.1 Top Plates. Change 48 inches (1219 mm) to 24 inches (610 mm), and change eight 16d to two 16d. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 29

PLUMBING SYSTEMS

SECTION 2902.1

MINIMUM NUMBER OF FIXTURES

* Revise Section 2902.1 second sentence to read as follows:

Section 2902.1. The number of occupants shall be determined by Chapter 10 of this code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

TABLE 2902.1

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLUMBING FACILITIES

* Revise Table 2902.1 to delete the requirements for "service sinks" without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 30

ELEVATORS AND CONVEYING SYSTEMS

SECTION 3002

HOISTWAY ENCLOSURES

* Revise Section 3002.6 to read as follows:

3002.6 Prohibited doors. Doors other than hoistway doors and the elevator car door shall be prohibited at the point of access to an elevator car. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 3006

MACHINE ROOMS

* Revise Sections 3006.1, 3006.4, and 3006.5 to read as follows:

3006.1 Access. Add sentence at the end "The means of access shall not be through restrooms, dressing rooms or tenant spaces." (Effective January 1, 2002)

3006.4 Machine rooms and machinery spaces. Elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces shall be separated from the building with construction having a fire-resistance rating not less than the required rating of the hoistway enclosure served by the machinery. Openings shall be protected with assemblies having a fire-resistance rating not less than 2 hours. (Effective January 1, 2002)

3006.5 Shunt trip. Add new sentence after second sentence,"If the means is located in the affected elevator machine room, it shall be in a water resistant enclosure". Add new sentence at end of paragraph,"Machine rooms having a two hour fire separation from the building are not required to be sprinklered." (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 33

SAFEGUARDS DURING CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 3305

SANITARY

* Revise Section 3305.1 to read as follows:

3305.1 Facilities required. Sanitary facilities shall be provided during construction, remodeling or demolition activities. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 34

EXISTING STRUCTURES

SECTION 3401

GENERAL

* Revise Section 3401.1 to add the following:

3401.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for existing buildings shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 3402

ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS OR REPAIRS

* Revise Section 3402.1 to add the following at the end of the paragraph:

3402.1 Existing building or structures. The extent to which the existing system shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction shall be as follows unless otherwise required by this Section:

1. When the estimated cost of the new work is less than fifty percent (50%) of the replacement cost of the existing system, the new work shall be brought in to conformance with the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction.

2. When the estimated cost of the new work is equal to or greater than fifty percent (50%) of the replacement cost of the existing system, the entire system shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction.

3. For essential service facilities Seismic Use Group III type buildings as defined by Section 1616.2.3, when the estimated cost of the new work is equal to or greater than thirty percent (30%) of the replacement cost of the existing system, the entire system shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction. Existing exception to remain as written. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Delete Section 3402.2 and substitute the following:

3402.2 Structural. Additions or alterations to an existing structure shall not increase the force in any structural element by more than 5 percent nor decrease the force in any structural element by more than 5 percent cumulative since the original construction.

Exception: The element has the capacity to resist the force in accordance with this code for new structures. Where repairs are made to structural elements of an existing building, and uncovered structural elements are found to be unsound or otherwise structurally deficient, such elements shall be made to conform to the requirements for new structures.

Exception: Identical like kind element replacement/repair is allowable to restore the system to original integrity.

SECTION 3409

COMPLIANCE ALTERNATIVES

* Delete Section 3409 entirely without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2002)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE

(International Fire Code)

The STANDARD FIRE PREVENTION CODE (International Fire Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code.

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

This code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, process and premises and safeguards from the hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices; from conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises from fire hazards in the structure or on the premise from occupancy or operation; and matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression and alarm systems.

* Revise the Standard Fire Prevention Code, (International Fire Code) 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution.

Chapter 1 is to remain in the Code as a reference and guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 201

GENERAL

* Revise Section 201.1 to read as follows:

201.1 Scope. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and terms shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, with the exception of those definitions established by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner and with the exception of the definitions of occupancy classifications or sub-classifications. Where any definitions are not specifically addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code but are specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, then the Life Safety Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as supplements. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 202 to add a new definition for OVERCROWDING as follows:

OVERCROWDING. A condition that exists when either there are more people in a building, structure or portion thereof than have been authorized or posted by the authority having jurisdiction, or when the authority having jurisdiction, or his or her representative, determines that a threat exists to the safety of the occupants due to persons sitting and/or standing in locations so that in the event of an emergency, said persons may obstruct or impede the use of aisles, passages, corridors, stairways, exits or other components of the means of egress. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise Section 202 to add a new definition for TIRES, BULK STORAGE OF as follows:

TIRES, BULK STORAGE OF. Storage of tires where the area designated for storage exceeds 20,000 cubic feet (566 m3). (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 6

BUILDING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

[M] SECTION 609

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOODS

* Delete Section 609.1 and substitute with the following:

609.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for commercial kitchen hoods shall be established by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), the Standard Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 701

GENERAL

* Revise Section 701.1 to read as follows:

701.1 Scope. The requirements for and maintenance of fire-resistance- rated construction and requirements for enclosing floor openings and shafts shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement. New construction shall comply with the Life Safety Code for establishing protection for vertical openings. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 8

INTERIOR FINISH, DECORATIVE MATERIALS AND FURNISHINGS

SECTION 801

GENERAL

* Add a new Section 801.2 to read as follows:

801.2 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for interior finishes shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 9

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

SECTION 903

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

* Delete Section 903.1 in its entirely and substitute to read as follows:

903.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for fire sprinkler systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Exception: Fire sprinkler systems required by minimum construction requirements for height and area shall be established by the Standard Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 904

ALTERNATIVE AUTOMATIC FIRE-EXTINQUISHING SYSTEMS

* Delete Section 904.11 and substitute with the following:

904.11 Commercial cooking systems. The State's minimum requirements for commercial cooking systems shall be established by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and NFPA 96 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code, the Standard Mechanical Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 905

STANDPIPE SYSTEMS

* Delete Section 905.1 in its entirety and substitute with the following:

905.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for standpipes shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Standard Building Code and which are addressed by the Life Safety Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Life Safety Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as supplements. The requirements for occupant hoses have been eliminated in new and existing buildings subject to approval by the authority having jusidiction. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 906

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

* Delete Section 906.2 and substitute with the following:

906.2 General Requirements. The State's minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Standard Building Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as supplements. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 907

FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS

* Delete Section 907.1 and substitute with the following:

907.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for fire alarms shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code and the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Standard Building Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as supplements.

The State's minimum requirements for smoke detectors shall be established by the Life Safety Code except where they are specifically addressed by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code or O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code or the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Standard Building Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as supplements. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 10

MEANS OF EGRESS

SECTION 1001

GENERAL

* Delete Section 1001.1 and substitute with the following:

1001.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for means of egress and all components thereof shall be established by the Life Safety Code. Areas not specifically addressed by the Life Safety Code and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code, the Standard Building Code shall be used as a supplement. Requirements of the Life Safety Code for smokeproof enclosures for exits from high rise buildings shall be maintained.

EXCEPTION: The State's minimum construction requirements for smokeproof enclosures shall be established by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 11

AVIATION FACILITIES

SECTION 1103

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

* Delete Section 1103.5 and substitute with the following:

1103.5 Dispensing of flammable and combustible liquids. No dispensinng, transfer or storage of flammable or combustible liquids shall be permitted inside any building or structure.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. As provided in Chapter 34 - Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

2. When the procedures used follow the guidelines and requirements set forth in NFPA 410 - Standard on Aircraft Maintenance. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1104

AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

* Delete Section 1104.1 and substitute with the following:

1104.1 Transferring flammable and combustible liquids. No dispensing, transfer or storage of flammable or combustible liquids shall be permitted inside any building or structure.

EXCEPTION:

Aircraft fuel systems maintenance conducted in accordance with NFPA 410 - Standard on Aircraft Maintenance. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 1107

HELISTOPS AND HELIPORTS

* Delete Section 1107.1 and substitute with the following:

1107.1 General. Helistops and heliports shall be maintained in accordance with Section 1107. Helistops and heliports on buildings or structures shall be constructed in accordance with the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code and the requirements as set forth in NFPA 418 - Standard for Heliports. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 22

SERVICE STATIONS AND REPAIR GARAGES

* Delete Sections 2204.3 through 2204.3.7 and substitute with the following:

2204.3 Unattended self-service stations. Unattended self-service stations shall comply with Chapter 120-3-11 of the Rules and Regulations of Georgia's Safety Fire Commissioner. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 27

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 2701

GENERAL

* Delete Section 2701.1 and substitute with the following:

2701.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for the storage, handling, use and transportation of hazardous materials such as but not limited to flammable and combustible liquids, flammable gases, compressed gases, explosives, blasting agents, oxidizers, toxic gases, fireworks and cryogenic materials shall be established by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Areas not specifically addressed by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner but which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Prevention Code, the Standard Fire Prevention Code shall be used as a supplement. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 34

FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS

SECTION 3404

STORAGE

* Revise Section 3404.2.9.5.1 to add the following to the end of the paragraph:

3404.2.9.5.1 Locations where above-ground tanks are prohibited. and as established by Chapter 120-3-11 of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 3406

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

* Revise Section 3406.4 to add the following to the end of the paragraph:

3406.4 Bulk plants or terminals. and as established in Chapter 120-3-11 of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. (Effective January 1, 2002)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD PLUMBING CODE.

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCES:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code respectively.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of plumbing equipment.

Scope

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code shall apply to the erection, installation, alteration, replacement, repairs, relocation, addition to, use or maintenance of plumbing systems within the State of Georgia. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired waterheaters, and waterheating venting systems shall be regulated by the National Fuel Gas Code.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise the Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

* Delete Chapter 1 without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in the Code as a reference and guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 305

PROTECTION OF PIPES AND PLUMBING SYSTEM

COMPONENTS

* Revise Section 305.6.1 to read as follows:

305.6.1 Sewer depth. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 6 inches (152.4 mm) below grade. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 5

WATER HEATERS

SECTION 502

INSTALLATION

* Revise Section 502.5, the second sentence to read as follows:

502.5 Water heaters installed in attics. The passageway shall not be less than 30 inches (762 mm) high and 22 inches (559 mm) wide to the water heater. (Remainder of section left unchanged). (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 504

SAFETY DEVICES

* Delete Section 504.6.1 and substitute the following:

504.6.1 Discharge. The relief valve shall discharge full size to a safe place of disposal such as a concrete floor, outside the building, an indirect waste receptor, or other approved location. The discharge shall terminate in a manner that does not cause injury to occupants in the immediate area or structural damage to the building. The discharge pipe shall not be trapped. When the relief valve discharge piping goes upward a thermal expansion control device shall be installed on the cold water distribution or service pipe in accordance with Section 607.3.2 (GA. Amendments). Provisions shall be made at the low point to drain the trapped portion of the discharge pipe. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Delete Section 504.7 and substitute the following:

504.7 Required pan. Water heaters or water storage tanks installed in attics, above ceilings, or similar remote locations where tank leakage will cause damage shall be installed in a galvanized steel pan having a minimum thickness of 24 gauge, or other pans approved for such use. (Effective January 1, 2002)

CHAPTER 6

WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION

SECTION 605

MATERIALS, JOINTS, AND CONNECTIONS

* Add exception to item #4 that reads as follows:

605.9 Prohibited joints and connections.

#4. Saddle-type fittings.

EXCEPTION: Saddle-type fittings can be used to connect refrigerator ice makers to an existing residential unit water distribution system provided the manufacturers installation instructions for the distribution piping does not prohibit the use of saddle fittings. Saddle fittings can be used to install thermal expansion tanks to an existing residential unit water distribution system if approved by the manufacturer of the tank. (Effective January 1, 2002)

SECTION 608

PROTECTION OF POTABLE WATER SUPPLY

* Revise Section 608.16.5 to read as follows:

608.16.5 Connections to lawn irrigation systems. The potable water supply to lawn irrigation systems shall be protected against backflow by an atmospheric type vacuum breaker, a pressure type vacuum breaker, a double check backflow prevention assembly or a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer. A valve shall not be installed downstream from an atmospheric vacuum breaker. Where interconnected chemical dispensers are used in conjunction with lawn irrigation systems, the potable water supply shall be protected against backflow by a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer. (Effective January 1, 2002)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD GAS CODE

(International Fuel Gas Code)

SECTION 306

ACCESS AND SERVICE SPACE

* Revise the first sentence of Section 306.3 to read as follows:

306.3 Appliances in attics. Attics containing appliances requiring access shall be provided with an opening and a clear and unobstructed passageway large enough to allow the removal of the largest appliance, but not less than 30 inches (762 mm) high and 22 inches (559 mm) wide to the appliance. (Effective January 1, 2002)

Rule 110-11-1-.12 Adoption of the 2002 National Electrical Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code with Georgia Amendments and Georgia Amendments to the 2000 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 2000 Standard Building Code, 2000 Standard Plumbing Code, 2000 Standard Gas Code, Errata to the January 1, 2002 Amendments to the 2000 CABO 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Code and Errata to the January 1, 2002 Georgia Amendments to the 2000 Standard Building Code Amendments, Effective January 1, 2003

The Board of Community Affairs hereby adopts the following code editions and amendments as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD ELECTRICAL CODE

The National Electrical Code, 2002 Edition, published by the National Fire Protection Association, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code.

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

* Revise the National Electrical Code, 2002 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 2

WIRING AND PROTECTION

ARTICLE 210

Branch Circuits

210.8 Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Personnel.

* Revise Article 210.8(B) to read as follows:

(B) Other Than Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in (1), (2), (3) and (4) shall have ground-fault circuit interrupter protection for personnel.

(1) Bathrooms

(2) Rooftops

(3) Kitchens

(4) Within 6 feet of a sink or basin, excluding those listed in Section 517.21.

Exception: Receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied from a dedicated branch circuit for electric snow-melting or deicing equipment shall be permitted to be installed in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 426.

ARTICLE 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations

III. Optional Calculations for Computing Feeder and Service Loads

220.30 Optional Calculation - Dwelling Unit

* Delete Section 220.30(C) Heating and Air Conditioning Load and substitute as follows:

(C) Heating and Air-Conditioning Load. The largest of the following five selections (load in kVA) shall be included:

(1) 100 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of the air conditioning and cooling including heat pump compressors.

(2) 100 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of electric thermal storage and other heating systems where the usual load is expected to be continuous at the full nameplate value. Systems qualifying under this selection shall not be calculated under any other selection in 220.30(C).

(3) 65 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of the total central electric space heating including heat pump compressors. If the heat pump compressor is prevented from operating at the same time as the supplementary heat, it does not need to be added to the supplementary heat for the total central space heat load.

(4) 65 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of electric space heating if less than four separately controlled units.

(5) 40 percent of the nameplate rating(s) of electric space heating if four or more separately controlled units.

ANNEX D EXAMPLES

Example D2(c) Optional Calculation for One-Family Dwelling with Heat Pump (Single-Phase, 240/120-Volt Service)

(see 220.30)

* Revise parts of Example D2(c) to read as follows:

15-kW Electric Heat:

5760 VA + 15,000 VA = 20,760 VA or = 20.76 Kva

20.76 kVA x 65% = 13.49 kVA

* If supplementary heat is not on at same time as heat pump, heat pump kVA need not be added to total.

Totals

Net general load 19,280

VA Heat pump and supplementary heat 13,490 VA

Total 32,770 VA

Calculated Load for Service

32.77 kVA × 1000 + 240 V = 136.5 A

Therefore, this dwelling unit would be permitted to be served by a 150-A service.


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Members serving on the Georgia Energy Code Task Force

Jim Vaseff, AIA, Task Force Chairman

Community & Economic Development

Georgia Power Company

Morgan Wheeler, CBO, Vice

Chairman Building Official

Walton County

Mike Barcik

Director of Technical Services

The Southface Energy Institute

Jack Cantrell

Home Builders Association of Georgia

Tom J. Carty

Building Official

Peachtree City Building Department

R.A. ''Dick'' Edwards

Consultant

Leo Goebel, FMA

Facilities Manager and

CB Richard Ellis

David D. Lovich, P.E.

Manager, Codes, Standards

Technical Services

Owens Corning Corp.

Matthew Tibbs, P.E.

Advanced Engineering Solutions

  

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Office of Coordinated Planning

Building Codes Section

Ted Miltiades, Manager

Wayne DuBose, Consultant

Michael Lindsey, Consultant

Bill Towson, Jr., Consultant

  

FOREWORD

The International Energy Conservation Code, 2000 Edition, published by the International Codes Council and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Supplements and Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. For high-rise and non-residential structures, the International Energy Conservation Code adopts by reference American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA) Standard 90.1-2001.

INTRODUCTION

This document supplements and amends The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2000 Edition. In cases where there are differences between these "Supplements and Amendments" and the IECC, or with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001, these "Supplements and Amendments" shall take precedence.

Each Chapter of this document associates directly with the corresponding chapter of the IECC.

* Chapter 1: Administration and Enforcement.

* Chapter 2: Definitions.

* Chapter 3: Establishes the design criteria of the entire state of Georgia and defines the five climate zones. The climate zones establish the design conditions for use with chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8.

* Chapter 4: Pertains to residential building design by systems analysis, as well as the use of renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, etc. Chapter 4 has only one amendment, 402.1.3.1.4, which establishes 0.40 as the minimum Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) for all Climate Zones in Georgia.

* Chapter 5: Residential compliance by designed component1 performance, thereby analyzing the total building for compliance one component at a time. Assuming each individual component of the building meets the thermal requirements of the code then the entire building is deemed to comply. This chapter offers the use of "Tradeoffs" to achieve compliance by allowing the builder to substitute or "trade-off" values between building components. A properly executed "Georgia Trade-off Worksheet"2 or the use of appropriate computer software such as MECcheck3 may be used to validate any trade-off.

* Chapter 6: Offers prescriptive compliance via the Single Step Compliance Method by selecting an option directly from the charts in the correct climate zone. The values from the option show the minimum requirements for each component of a residential structure for the specific climate zone.

* Chapter 7: Pertains to building design for all commercial buildings, except those that comply with Chapter 8, the Single Step Compliance for Simple Commercial Buildings or appropriate computer software such as COMcheck4 may be used to validate compliance.

* Chapter 8: Pertains to design by acceptable practice for commercial buildings. Where differences between this document and the IECC, or ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001 are noted, this document shall take precedence.

* Chapter 9: Pertains to reference standards, Figure 9-1, F2-Values for Slab-on-Grade and Figure 9-2, Group R Buildings, A-1 and A-2 Component R values/U factors.

* Appendix: Existing Appendix becomes "Appendix A" and adds a new Appendix B with updated Prescriptive methods and Trade-off methods to demonstrate compliance; including new Prescriptive Single Step Compliance Tables for most commercial buildings.

SUMMARY

In summary, Chapters 4, 5 and 6 offer different methods to achieve code compliance for low-rise residential construction and Chapters 7 and 8 offer different methods to achieve code compliance on commercial and high-rise residential construction. Appendix B provides additional prescriptive methods of showing compliance, some simple methods and forms to calculate and demonstrate compliance and some illustrations to help understand the code requirements. Individual structures should be addressed by a compliance method from a single chapter approach and not by a combination of compliance methods. The "basic requirements" of the IECC apply to all compliance methods.

Please note, the maximum 0.40 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and maximum 0.65 U-factor required for residential windows 5 in this document shall become effective January 1, 2004. For the period of January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003, the "Single Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance packages6 may be used to determine code compliance by disregarding the 0.40 SHGC requirement.

In dealing with the energy conservation requirements promulgated by this code, discussion of insulation R-values and component U-factors may appear to overshadow the matter of controlling air infiltration. Air infiltration accounts for substantial heat loss, heat gain, and moisture migration in a building. Proper sealing around all doors, windows, and other envelope penetrations through the walls, ceiling and foundations is as important to code compliance as is the installation of the proper R-value in a component. Proper sealing shall be done by the builder and inspected by the Building Official or Building Inspector.

It is not the intention of this code to abridge safety or health. There may be cases where conflicts occur between this code and other codes that are mandatory within the state. Provided safety, health, or environmental requirements under other applicable codes are not abridged, this code shall be enforced as written.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

Change all references from ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1999 to ANSI/ ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001 respectively.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

1. The word "component" for purposes of this code is defined as being a particular segment of a building such as a wall, ceiling, or floor. Hence, the terms wall component or ceiling component.

2. See Appendix B for "Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet".

3. MECcheck is a computer program developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy to help demonstrate compliance with the IECC. Information on obtaining this program software can be obtained by calling 800/270-CODE or by downloading free of charge from the Internet at www.energycodes.gov.

4. COMcheck is a computer program developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy to help demonstrate compliance with the IECC. Information on obtaining this program software can be obtained by calling 800/270-CODE or by downloading free of charge from the Internet at www.energycodes.gov.

5. As referenced by Chapters 5 and 6, these do not apply in a Chapter 4 compliance analysis.

6. See Appendix B for "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance packages.

* Revise the Georgia State Energy Code (International Energy Conservation Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT

SECTION 101

SCOPE AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

* Delete the following sections from Chapter 1 without substitution.

Section 101.1

Title Section 101.4.2.4 Change in occupancy

(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 102

MATERIALS, SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

* Revise Section 102.5.2 Fenestration product rating, certification and labeling, 2nd paragraph to read as follows:

Section 102.5.2 Fenestration product rating, certification and labeling.

When a manufacturer has not determined product U-factor in accordance with NFRC 100 for a particular product line, compliance with the building envelope requirements of this code shall be determined by assigning and labeling such products a default U-factor in accordance with tables 102.5.2(1) and 102.5.2(2). When A SHGC or shading coefficient is used for code compliance and a manufacturer has not determined product SHGC in accordance with NFRC 200 for a particular product line, compliance with the building envelope requirements of this code shall be determined by assigning and labeling such products with a default SHGC in accordance with Table 102.5.2(3). Product features shall be verified for the product to qualify for default value associated with those features. Where the existence of a particular feature cannot be determined with reasonable certainty, the product shall not receive credit for that feature. Where a composite of materials from two different product types is used, the product shall be assigned the higher U-factor. The default labels shall clearly indicate:

1. The manufacturer's/assembler's name.

2. "DEFAULT VALUES"' taken from Tables 102.5.2(1), 102.5.2(2) and 102.5.2(3).

3. The manufacturer's/assembler's certification that it has selected the appropriate default value for the product. (Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 104

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

* Delect Section 104 Construction documents without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 105

INSPECTIONS

* Delete Section 105 Inspections without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 202 General Definitions to read as follows:

THERMAL CONDUCTANCE. Timed rate of heat flow through a body (frequently per unit area) from one of its bounding surfaces to the other for a unit temperature difference between the two surfaces, under steady conditions (Btu/H × ft2 °F) [W/(m2 ×K)]. The insulation shall be stabilized (aged) prior to testing for Thermal Conductance.

THERMAL RESISTANCE (R). The reciprocal of thermal conductance (H × ft2 ×°F/Btu) [(m2 × K)/W]. All R-values shall be stabilized (aged) R-values.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 202 General Definitions to add a new definition to read as follows:

ATTIC KNEE WALL. Any vertical or near-vertical wall in the building envelope that has conditioned space on one side and unconditioned attic space on the other side. If the envelope features the insulation installed along the sloped ceiling, the vertical wall is considered an interior wall and thus does not require insulation. (Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 3

DESIGN CONDITIONS

SECTION 301

DESIGN CRITERIA

* Delete Section 301.1 General and substitute the following:

301.1 General. The criteria of this chapter and Figure 302.1(11) establish the design conditions for use with Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 302

THERMAL DESIGN PARAMETERS

* Revise Table 302.1 EXTERIOR DESIGN CONDITIONS, footnote "b" to read as follows:

b. The degree-days heating base (HDD) (base 65° F) and cooling base (CDD) (base 65° F) shall be Climate Zones per Figure 302.1(11). For purposes of determining HDD, the following shall be used: Climate Zone 4B - 1999 HDD; Climate Zone 5A - 2499 HDD; Climate Zone 6B - 2999 HDD; Climate Zone 7A - 3499 HDD; and Climate 8 - 3999 HDD. Approved software that is based on specific city or county HDD or CDD shall be acceptable to show Energy Code compliance. (Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 4

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DESIGN BY SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF BUILDINGS UTILIZING RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

SECTION 404

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

* Revise Section 402.1.3.1.4 Fenestration system solar heat gain coefficient, Standard design to read as follows:

402.1.3.1.4 Fenestration system solar heat gain coefficient, Standard design. The fenestration system solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), inclusive of framed sash and glazing area, of the glazing systems in the Standard design shall be 0.40 during periods of mechanical heating and cooling operation. These fenestration system SHGC values shall be multiplied together with (added in series to) the interior shading values as specified in Section 402.1.3.1.5 to arrive at an overall solar heat gain coefficient for the installed glazing. This requirement shall have a delayed implementation date of January 1, 2004. (Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 5

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DESIGN BY COMPONENT PERFORMANCE APPROACH

SECTION 502

BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 502.1.3 Recessed lighting fixtures to delete requirement No. 2 without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 502.1.5 Fenestration solar heat gain coefficient and substitute the following:

Section 502.1.5 Fenestration solar heat gain coefficient. In all Georgia climate zones (4B through 8), the combined solar heat gain coefficient (the area-weighted average) of all glazed fenestration products (including the effects of any permanent exterior solar shading devices) in the building shall not exceed 0.40. This requirement shall have a delayed implementation date of January 1, 2004. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Table 502.2 Heating and Cooling Criteria, footnotes "a" and "d" to read as follows:

a. Values shall be determined by using the graphs [Figures 502.2(1), 502.2(2), 502.2(3), 502.2(4), 502.2(5) and 502.2(6)] and HDD as specified in Section 302. The minimum insulation R-values shall be: Attic knee walls, R-19; Cavity walls, R-11; Mass walls, R-5; Roofing/ceiling, R-19; Floors over unheated spaces, R-11; Basement walls, R-5; and Crawl space walls, R-5. Maximum window U-factor shall be 0.65. This window requirement shall have a delayed implementation date of January 1, 2004.

d. Slab edge insulation shall not be used for unheated slabs in Georgia. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 502.2.4 Compliance by prescriptive specification on an individual component basis and substitute the following:

Section 502.2.4 Compliance by prescriptive specification on an individual component basis. For buildings with fenestration less than or equal to 15 percent, 18 percent, 25 percent, or 30 percent (Type A-1 residential buildings) or 25 percent (Type A-2 residential buildings) of the gross exterior wall area, the thermal resistance of insulation applied to the opaque building envelope components shall be greater than or equal to the minimum R-values, and the thermal transmittance of all fenestration assemblies shall be less than or equal to the maximum U-factors shown in Tables 502.2.4(1), 502.2.4(2), 502.2.4(3), 502.2.4(4) or 502.2.4(5) as applicable. Sections 502.2.4.1 through 502.2.4.12 and 502.2.4.15 through 502.2.4.17 shall apply to the use of these tables.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Tables 502.2.4(1) through 502.2.4(9) in their entirety and substitute the following:


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 502.2.4.4 Window area, exempt and substitute the following:

502.2.4.4 Window area exempt. Five (5) percent of the total window area computed under Section 502.2.4.3 shall be exempt from the "Glazing U-factor" and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Sections 502.2.4.13 and 502.2.4.14 without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 502.2.4.15 Fenestration solar heat gain coefficient and substitute the following:

502.2.4.15 Fenestration solar heat gain coefficient. In all Georgia climate zones (4B through 8), fenestration products shall also meet the requirements of Section 502.1.5. This window requirement shall have a delayed implementation date of January 1, 2004. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 502.2.5 Prescriptive path for additions and window replacements to read as follows:

502.2.5 Prescriptive path for additions and window replacements. As an alternative to demonstrating compliance with Section 402 and 502.2, additions with a conditioned floor area less than 500 square feet (46.5 m2) to existing single-family residential buildings and structures shall meet the prescriptive envelope component criteria in Table 502.2.5 for the designated Climate Zones applicable to the location. The U-factor of each individual fenestratiion product (windows, doors and skylights) shall be used to calculate an areaweighted average fenestration product U-factor for the addition, which shall not exceed the applicable listed values in Table 502.2.5. For additions, the total area of fenestration products shall not exceed 40 percent of the gross wall and roof area of the addition. The R-values for opaque thermal envelope components shall be equal to or greater than the applicable listed values in Table 502.2.5. Replacement fenestration products (where the entire unit, including the frame, sash and glazing, is replaced) shall meet the prescriptive fenestration U-factor criteria in Table 502.2.5 for the designated Climate Zones applicable to the location. Fenestration products used in additions and as replacement windows in accordance with this section shall also meet the requirements of Section 502.1.5 in all Georgia climate zones (4B through 8).

Remaining exception unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Table 502.2.5 in its entirety and substitute the following:


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 6

SIMPLIFIED PRESCRIPTIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, TYPE A-1 AND A-2

SECTION 601

GENERAL

* Revise Section 601.2.1 Residential Buildings, Type A-1 to read as follows:

601.2.1 Residential Buildings, Type A-1. Compliance for Type A-1 residential buildings shall be demonstrated by either:

1. Meeting the requirements of this chapter for buildings with a fenestration area that does not exceed 18 percent of the gross area of exterior walls; or

2. Meeting the requirements of Chapter 4, or Chapter 5 for Type A-1 residential buildings; or

3. Meeting one of the Climate Zone "Single Step Compliance" Tables; or

4. Georgia Tradeoff Worksheet with Window Takeoff worksheet, and if applicable the R-value of Wood Stud Walls Worksheet and/or R-value of Steel Stud Wall Worksheet; or

5. Documentation from an approved software program.*

* Note: MECcheck is an approved software program. MECcheck may be downloaded free of charge from www.energycodes.gov . (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 602.1 Thermal performance criteria to read as follows:

602.1 Thermal performance criteria. The minimum required insulation R-value or maximum required U-factor for each element in the building thermal envelope (fenestration, roof/ceiling, opaque wall, floor, slab edge, crawl space wall and basement wall) shall be in accordance with the criteria in Table 602.1.

Type A-1 residential buildings, with greater than 18-percent glazing area, Type A-2 residential buildings, with greater than 25-percent glazing area shall determine compliance using the building envelope requirements of Chapter 4 or Chapter 5. Remaining sub-sections unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Table 602.1 to read as follows:


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 602.2 Maximum solar heat gain coefficient for fenestration and substitute the following:

602.2 Maximum solar heat gain coefficient for fenestration. In all Georgia climate zones (4B through 8), the area-weighted-average solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for glazed fenestration installed in the building envelope shall not exceed 0.40. This requirement shall have a delayed implementation date of January 1, 2004. (Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 7

BUILDING DESIGN FOR ALL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

SECTION 701

SCOPE

* Revise Section 701.1 General as follows:

701.1 General. Commercial Buildings shall meet the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001. Remaining text unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 701.2 Minimum commercial building thermal component requirements and Table 701 to read as follows:

701.2 Minimum commercial building thermal component requirements. Table 701 lists the minimum thermal envelope requirements that shall be met on all commercial buildings for roofs, walls, and glazed fenestration.


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 8

DESIGN BY ACCEPTABLE PRACTICE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

SECTION 801

SCOPE

* Revise Section 801.2 as follows:

801.2 Application. The requirements in Sections 802, 803, 804, and 805 shall each be satisfied on an individual basis. Where one or more section(s) is not satisfied, compliance for that section(s) shall be demonstrated in accordance with the applicable provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001.

Existing exception unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 802

BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS

* Revise Section 802.1 as follows:

802.1 General. Walls, roof assemblies, floors, glazing, and slabs on grade which are part of the building envelope for buildings where the window and glazed door area is not greater than 50 percent of the gross area of above-grade walls shall meet the requirements of Sections 802.2.1 through 802.2.8, as applicable. Buildings with more glazing shall meet the applicable provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/ IESNA 90.1-2001.

Remaining text unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 802.2 as follows:

802.2 Criteria. The building envelope components shall meet each of the applicable requirements in Tables 802.2(1), 802.2(2), 802.2(3) and 802.2(4), based on the percentage of wall that is glazed. The percentage of wall that is glazed shall be determined by dividing the aggregate area of rough openings for glazing (windows and glazed doors) in all the above grade walls associated with the building envelope by the total gross area of all above grade exterior walls that are a part for the building envelope. In buildings with multiple types of building envelope construction, each building envelope construction type shall be evaluated separately. Where Tables 802.2(1), 802.2(2), 802.2(3) and 802.2(4) do not list a particular construction type, the applicable provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1- 2001. shall be used in lieu of Section 802. Remaining text unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 802.3.3 to read as follows:

803.3.3 Dampers integral to the building envelope. Stair, elevator shaft vents, and other dampers integral to the building envelope shall be equipped with motorized dampers with a maximum leakage rate of 3 cfm/ft2 at 1.0 in w.g. (250 Pa) when tested in accordance with AMCA 500. Such dampers shall be closed during normal building operation and shall open as required by fire and smoke detection systems.

Exception: Gravity (non-motorized) dampers are permitted to be used in buildings less than three stories in height above grade.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 802.3.4 to read as follows:

802.3.4 Loading dock weatherseals. Cargo doors and loading dock doors shall be equipped with weatherseals to resist infiltration when vehicles are parked in the doorway. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 802.3.5 to read as follows:

802.3.5 Vestibules. A door that separates conditioned space from the exterior shall be protected with an enclosed vestibule, with all doors opening into and out of the vestibule equipped with self-closing devices. Vestibules shall be designed so that in passing through the vestibule it is not necessary for the interior and exterior doors to open at the same time.

Exceptions:

1. Buildings in Climate Zone 1A through 4B as indicated in Table 302.1.

2. Doors not intended to be used as a building entrance door, such as mechanical or electrical equipment rooms.

3. Doors opening directly from a dwelling unit.

4. Doors that open directly from a space less than 3,000 ft2 (298 m2) in area.

5. Revolving doors.

6. Doors used primarily to facilitate vehicular movement or material handling and adjacent personnel doors.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 802.3.6 to read as follows:

802.3.6 Recessed Lighting Fixtures. When installed in the building envelope, recessed lighting fixtures shall meet one of the following requirements:

1. Type IC rated, manufactured with no penetrations between the inside of the recessed fixture and ceiling cavity and sealed or gasketed to prevent air leakage into the unconditioned space.

2. Type IC rated, in accordance with ASTM E 283 no more than 2.0 cubic feet per minute (cfm) (0.994 L/s) air movement from the conditioned space to the ceiling cavity. The lighting fixture shall be tested at 1.57 psi (75 Pa) pressure difference and shall be labeled. (Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 803

BUILDING MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

* Revise Section 803.2.6 as follows:

803.2.6 Cooling with Outdoor air. Each system over 65,000 Btu/h (19 KW) cooling capacity located in other than Climate Zones 1, 2, 3b, 5a, or 6b as shown in Table 302.1 shall have an economizer that will automatically shut off the cooling system and allow all of the supply air to be provided directly from outdoors.

Economizers shall be capable of operating at 100% outside air, even if additional mechanical cooling is required to meet the cooling load of the building. Where a single room or space is supplied by multiple air systems, the aggregate capacity of those systems shall be used in applying this requirement.

Exceptions:

1. Where the cooling equipment is covered by the minimum efficiency requirements of Table 803.2.2(1) or 803.2.2(2) and meets the efficiency requirements of Table 803.2.6.

2. Systems with air or evaporatively cooled condensers and which serve spaces with open case refrigeration or that require filtration equipment in order to meet the minimum ventilation requirements of Chapter 4 of the ICC International Mechanical Code.

3. Systems under 135,000 Btu/h (40 KW) cooling capacity in Climate Zones 3c, 5b, 7, 13b, and 14. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 803.3.2 as follows:

803.3.2 HVAC equipment performance requirements. Equipment shall meet the minimum efficiency requirements of Tables 803.2.2(1) through 803.2.2(6) and Table 803.2.2(5), when tested and rated in accordance with the applicable test procedure. The efficiency shall be verified through certification under an approved certification program, or if no certification program exists, the equipment efficiency ratings shall be supported by data furnished by the manufacturer. Where multiple rating conditions and/or performance requirements are provided, the equipment shall satisfy all stated requirements. Where components, such as indoor or outdoor coils, from different manufacturers are used, calculations and supporting data shall be furnished by the designer that demonstrate the combined efficiency of the specified components meets the requirements herein.

Where unitary or prepackaged equipment is used in a complex HVAC system and is not covered by Section 803.3.2, the equipment shall meet the applicable requirements of Section 803.2.2.

Exception:

Equipment listed in Table 803.2.2(2) not designed for operation at ARI standard test conditions of 44° F (7° C) leaving chilled water temperature and 85° (29° C) entering condenser water temperature shall have a minimum full load COP and IPLV rating as shown in Tables 803.3.2(3) through 803.3.2(5) as applicable. The table values are only applicable over the following full load design ranges:

1. Leaving Chilled Water Temperature: 40 to 48° F (4 C to 9° C).

2. Entering Condenser Water Temperature: 75 to 85° F (24 C to 29° C). Chillers designed to operate outside of these ranges are not covered by this code. Condensing Water Temperature Rise: 5 to 15° F (-15 to -9° C). (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Tables 803.2.2(1) through 803.2.2(5) and substitute to read as follows and add the following new Tables 803.3.2(1) through 803.3.2(3):


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 803.3.3.5 as follows:

803.3.3.5 Economizers. Economizers shall be provided on each system over 65,000 Btu/h (19 kW) cooling capacity in accordance with Section 803.2.6.

Exceptions:

Water economizers that are capable of cooling supply air by direct and/or indirect evaporation and providing up to 100% of the expected system cooling load at outside air temperatures of 50° F (10° C) dry bulb/45° F (7.2° C) wet bulb and below.

Systems under 135,000 Btu/h (40 kW) cooling capacity in Climate Zones 3c, 5b, 7, 13b, and 14.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 803.3.3.8 to read as follows:

803.3.3.8 Heat rejection equipment fan speed control. Each fan powered by a motor of 7.5 hp (5.6 kW) or larger shall have the capability to operate that fan at two-thirds of full speed or less, and shall have controls that automatically change the fan speed to control the leaving fluid temperature or condensing temperature/pressure of the heat rejection device.

Exception: Factory-installed heat rejection devices within HVAC equipment tested and rated in accordance with Tables 803.3.2(1) through 803.3.2(3).

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Delete Section 803.3.4.1 Temperature reset for air systems without substitution. (Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 805

LIGHTING SYSTEMS

* Revise Section 805.2 as follows:

805.2 Lighting controls. Lighting systems shall be provided with controls as required in Sections 805.2.1, 805.2.2, and 805.2.3.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Section 805.2.3 to read as follows:

805.2.3 Additional controls. Each area that is required to have a manual control shall have additional controls that meet the requirements of Sections 805.2.3.1, 805.2.3.2, or 805.2.3.3.

Exceptions:

1. Areas that have only 1 luminaire.

2. Areas that are controlled by an occupant-sensing device.

3. Corridors, storerooms, restrooms, or public lobbies. (Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add new Sections 805.2.3.1, 805.2.3.2 and 805.2.3.3 as follows:

805.2.3.1 Bi-level Switching. Each area less than 250 ft2 (23 m2) that is required to have a manual control shall also allow the occupant to reduce the connected lighting load in a reasonably uniform illumination pattern by at least 50 percent.

Exceptions:

1. Areas that have only one luminaire.

2. Areas that are controlled by an occupant-sensing device.

3. Corridors, storerooms, restrooms, or public lobbies.

4. Guest rooms.

805.2.3.2 Automatic lighting shutoff. Buildings larger than 5,000 ft2 shall be equipped with an automatic control device to shut off lighting in all spaces. This automatic control device shall function on either:

1. A scheduled basis, using time-of-day, with an independent program schedule that controls the interior lighting in areas that do not exceed 25,000 ft2 and are not more than one floor, or

2. An unscheduled basis by occupant intervention.

805.2.3.3 Guest rooms. Guest rooms in hotels, motels, boarding houses, or similar buildings shall have at least one master switch at the main entry door that controls all permanently wired lighting fixtures and switched receptacles, except those in the bathroom(s). Suites shall have a control meeting these requirements at the entry to each room or at the primary entry to the suite.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 9

REFERENCED STANDARDS

Revise Chapter 9 to add the following:

ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001

Energy Standard for Buildings

except Low-Rise Residential

Buildings

ASHRAE-2001

Handbook Fundamentals

NEMA TP1-1996

Guide for Determining Energy

Efficiency for Distribution

Transformers

NEMA TP2-1998

Standard Test Method for

Measuring the Energy

Consumption of Distribution

Transformers

NEMA TP3-2000

Standard for the Labeling of

Distribution Transformer

Efficiency

Remaining text unchanged.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Add Figure 9-1 F2-values for Slab-on-Grade Perimeter Insulation and Figure 9-2 Component Performance Table to read as follows:


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APPENDIX

* Revise Appendix to read as follows:

Change all references for existing Appendix to "Appendix A".

* Add new Appendix B to read as follows:

APPENDIX B

Throughout this Appendix there is information that may be helpful in meeting and understanding the Georgia State Energy Code. In cases of conflict, refer to the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code for clarification.

CHECKLIST

Wood Framing

Low Rise Residential Use

To be filled out by permit applicant and presented to Building Department at time permit is requested. A copy will be available at the job site for CEO (Code Enforcement Officers) review.


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WINDOW PRODUCT RATING, CERTIFICATION, AND LABELING

The Georgia Energy Code, Section 102.5.2 requires that fenestration products, (window, glass door and skylight) shall be labeled with its U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). Fenestration products' U-factor and SHGC shall be determined by an accredited, independent laboratory in accordance with NFRC 100 for Ufactor and NFRC 200 for SHGC, or from default values from Table 102.5.2(1) for U-factor and Table 102.5.2(3) for SHGC. Manufacturers that label their products with NFRC U-factors and SHGCs shall either use an NFRC label (see sample NFRC label below) or a label of their own design. The label shall list as a minimum: U-factor, SHGC, frame type, number of panes of glazing, whether the window is fixed or operable, and the type of glazing tint, if present. The label shall contain the words "Meets Thermal Break Criteria" if the product claims a U-factor based on a thermal-break product.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) - U-factor and SHGC

Below is a sample window label of NFRC-determined energy performance values that code officials should look for during inspections:


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Note: This sample window label also contains "Visible Transmittance" (VT) performance values. The Georgia Energy Code does not establish minimum requirements for VT, but this and other information that might be useful to builders, designers, consumers, and others (like air leakage rates) may also be present on labels used by some manufacturers.

Default U-factor and SHGC

If NFRC 100 or NFRC 200 are not used to determine product Ufactor and SHGC, then manufacturers shall obtain default values from Table 102.5.2(1) for U-factor and Table 102.5.2(3) for SHGC and label the product with a "Default Window Label." Manufacturers or assemblers shall label their products with default U-factors and SHGCs, for example, site built and shop assembled windows without NFRC labels, shall follow the format of the sample default label below. This label shall list as a minimum: Default U-factor from Table 102.5.2(1), Default SHGC from Table 102.5.2(3), frame type, number of panes of glazing, whether the window is fixed or operable, and the type of glazing tint, if present. The label shall contain the words,"Meets Thermal Break Criteria" if the product claims a U-factor based on a thermal-break product:

<<Sample Window Label of DEFAULT

Energy Performance Values>>


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Table 502.2.3.1(1b)

Wall R-value 35/8'' Steel Stud 16'' OC (Insulation plus sheathing)


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"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance Climate Zone 4B - South Georgia - Option 4B-1

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 2,000 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed: Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0;

Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) _________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.65 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-30

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing4 Plywood/OSB

Floor insulation R-11

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-5

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided that the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-30.

4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in South Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance Climate Zone 5A - South Central Georgia - Option 5A-1

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 5A, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 2,500 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0;

Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.60 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-30

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing4 Plywood/OSB

Floor Insulation R-11

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-5

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-30.

4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in South Central Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance Climate Zone 6B - Central Georgia - Option 6B-1 (R-30 ceiling, R-13 batt + R-2 sheathing, 0.55=Uwindow)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 6B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 3,000 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed: Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) __________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.55 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-30

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Insulating Sheathing4 R-2

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-6

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-30.

4. When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 25% of the gross wall area may be Plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Central Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance Climate Zone 6B - Central Georgia - Option 6B-2 (R-38 ceiling, R-13 batt, 0.55=Uwindow)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 6B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 3,000 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) % _____________________

Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.55 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-38

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing 4 Plywood/OSB

Insulating Sheathing4 R-3

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-6

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-30.

4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Central Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-1 (R-30 ceiling, R-13 batt + R-3 sheathing, 0.55=Uwindow)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 7A, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 3,500 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) __________________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.35 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.55 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-30

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Insulating Sheathing4 R-3

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-7

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to obtain full height R-30.

4. When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 25% of the gross wall area may be Plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in the Greater Atlanta area. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-2

(R-38 ceiling, R-15 batt + OSB/Plywood)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 7A, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 3,500 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ___________________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.35 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.55 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-38

Wall cavity insulation R-15

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing4 Plywood/OSB

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-7

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-38.

4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in the Greater Atlanta area. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-3

(R-30 ceiling, R-13 batt, 0.45=Uwindow)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 7A, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 3,500 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

8. Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) _____________________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.45 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-30

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing4 Plywood/OSB

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-7

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-30. 4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in the Greater Atlanta area. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code ComplianceClimate Zone 8 - North Georgia - Option 8-1

(R-38 ceiling, R-13 batt + R-3 Sheathing)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 8, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 4,000 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) _________________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.55 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.50 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-38

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Insulating Sheathing4 R-3

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-8

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-38. 4. When the exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 25% of the gross wall area may be Plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in North Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 8 - North Georgia - Option 8-2

(R-38 ceiling, R-13 batt + OSB/Plywood)

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and not larger than 5,000 square feet of conditioned area.

3. Your building site must be located in Climate Zone 8, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11), an area of the state where the climatic conditions of approximately 4,000 Heating Degree Days or less apply.

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/ U-factors listed below.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I.C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) _________________________

% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1 18% Max.

Doors U-factor 0.35 Max.

Windows, Double Pane, U-factor2 0.45 Max.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)2 0.40 Max.

Ceiling insulation3 R-38

Wall cavity insulation R-13

Knee Wall insulation R-19

Wall Sheathing4 Plywood/OSB

Floor Insulation R-19

Basement Masonry wall insulation R-8

Slab Perimeter insulation5 R-0

___________________

1. "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 × (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors).

2. Up to 5% of the window area may be exempt from meeting the window U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

3. Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area and provided the flat portions of the ceiling are insulated to R-38. 4. Insulating values for plywood, OSB or other structural sheathing are already accounted for in the approach. Garage walls may be R-13 cavity insulation with gypsum on both sides.

5. Unheated slabs.

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized R-values all Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in North Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as the Tradeoff Worksheet or the free MECcheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit.

Appendix

BUILDING ENVELOPE

The elements of a building which enclose conditioned spaces through which thermal energy is capable of being transferred to or from the exterior or to or from spaces exempted by the provisions of Section 101.4.1. -2000 IECC

The building envelope is the barrier that separates the conditioned space from the outside or unconditioned spaces. The building envelope consists of two parts - an air barrier and a thermal barrier that must be both continuous and contiguous (touching each other). In a typical residence, the building envelope consists of the roof, walls, windows, doors, and foundation. Examples of unconditioned spaces include attics, vented crawlspaces, basements with ceiling insulation and no HVAC supply registers, and garages.


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* Note: An attic knee wall is any vertical wall that separates conditioned space from an unconditioned attic. In Georgia, knee walls must be insulated to R-19. An attic-side air barrier (OSB, foil-faced sheathing, etc.) is recommended.

** Note: Although there is nothing to prevent the garage walls from being insulated, due to indoor air quality concerns, the garage should never be considered inside the building envelope.


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"SINGLE-STEP" COMPLIANCE

FOR SIMPLE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

The Single-Step compliance procedure is available only for small commercial buildings with simple HVAC systems. If you demonstrate that your building complies with this procedure, you are deemed to comply with the Georgia State Energy Code. You shall complete the documentation on all of the enclosed forms for Envelope, Lighting, and HVAC and Water Heating systems and equipment.

Eligible buildings shall meet all of the following requirements:

1) Two stories or less.

2) 25,000 ft2 or less gross floor area.

3) Maximum glazing area is 25% of the above-grade gross wall area.

4) Each HVAC system serves a single zone, controlled by a single thermostat in the zone being served.

5) Cooling (if any) is provided by one or more air-cooled (unitary packaged or split system) air conditioners or geothermal heat pumps that do not exceed 20 tons (each).*

6) Primary heating (if any) is provided by one or more air-cooled (unitary packaged or split system) heat pumps (with internal supplemental electrical resistance heat, if needed), geothermal heat pumps, or fuel-fired furnaces. Supplemental individual electric resistance heaters are limited to a maximum of 5 kW each.*

7) The outside air quality is 3,000 cfm or less and shall be less than 70% of the total supply air.

* Note: Hydronic or steam distribution systems are not permitted under this Single Step approach.

Failure to meet all of the above criteria precludes use of the Single Step compliance forms. All other commercial buildings shall demonstrate compliance with any of the other compliance pathways of the Georgia State Energy Code for commercial buildings, and include submittal of proof of compliance.


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ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

(International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings)

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002. WHEN USED TOGETHER THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE.

Plumbing (Chapters 25 through 32) are deleted from the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code according to Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1, Part of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

Electrical (Chapters 33 through 42) are deleted and substitute for Electrical requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard ElectricalCode (National Electrical Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for heating and air conditioning equipment.

Scope

The provisions of the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of detached one and two family dwellings and multiple single family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND

PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum Requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels, over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor (Effective January 1, 2002).

* Revise the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section R202 by adding the following definition:

VALVE

Point of Delivery Service Shutoff. The point of delivery for normal gas systems is the outlet of the service meter assembly or the outlet of the service regulator or service shutoff valve where a meter is not provided. Where a valve is provided at the outlet of the service meter assembly, such valve shall be considered to be downstream of the point of delivery. The point of delivery for undiluted liquefied petroleum gas systems is the outlet of the first stage pressure regulator that provides utilization pressure, exclusive of line gas regulators, in the system. (Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION R703

EXTERIOR COVERING

* Add the following exceptions to Section R703.7:

R703.7 Stone and masonry veneer, general. All stone and masonry veneer shall be installed in accordance with this chapter, Table 703.4 and Figure R703.7. Such veneers installed over a backing of wood or cold-formed steel shall be limited to the first story above grade and shall not exceed 5 inches (127 mm) in thickness.

Exceptions:

3. For detached one and two family dwellings with a maximum nominal thickness of 4 inches (102 mm) of exterior masonry veneer with a backing of wood frame located in Seismic Design Category D1, the masonry veneer shall not exceed 20 feet (6096 mm) in height above a noncombustible foundation, with an additional 8 feet (2438 mm) permitted for gabled ends, or 30 feet (9144 mm) in height with an additional 8 feet (2438 mm) permitted for gabled ends where the lower 10 feet (3048 mm) has a backing of concrete or masonry wall provided the following criteria are met:

3.1 Braced wall panels shall be constructed with a minimum of 7/16 inch (11.1 mm) thick sheathing fastened with 8d common nails at 4 inches (102 mm) on center on panel edges and at 12 inches (305 mm) on center on intermediate supports.

3.2 The bracing of the top story shall be located at each end and at least every 25 feet (7620 mm) on center but not less than 45% of the braced wall line. The bracing of the first story shall be as provided in Table R602.10.3.

3.3 Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of braced walls for the second floor to first floor wall assembly with an allowable design of 2100 lbs. (952 kg). Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of each wall segment of the braced walls for the first floor to foundation assembly with an allowable design of 3700 lbs. (1678 kg). In all cases, the hold down connector force shall be transferred to the foundation.

3.4 Cripple walls shall not be permitted.

4. For detached one and two-family dwellings with a maximum actual thickness of 3 inches (76 mm) of exterior masonry veneer with a backing of wood frame located in Seismic Design Category D2, the masonry veneer shall not exceed 20 feet (6096 mm) in height above a noncombustible foundation, with an additional 8 feet (2438 mm) permitted for gabled ends, or 30 feet (9144 mm) in height with an additional 8 feet (2438 mm) permitted for gabled ends where the lower 10 feet (3048 mm) has a backing of concrete or masonry wall, provided the following criteria are met:

4.1 Braced wall panels shall be constructed with a minimum of 7/16 inch (11.1 mm) thick sheathing fastened with 8d common nails at 4 inches (102 mm) on center on panel edges and at 12 inches (305 mm) on center on intermediate supports.

4.2 The bracing of the top story shall be located at each end and at least every 25 feet (7620 mm) on center but not less than 55% of the braced wall line. The bracing of the first story shall be as provided in Table R602.10.3.

4.3 Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of braced walls for the second floor to first floor wall assembly with an allowable design of 2300 lbs. (1043 kg). Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of each wall segment of the braced walls for the first floor to foundation assembly with an allowable design of 3900 lbs. (1769 kg). In all cases, the hold down connector force shall be transferred to the foundation.

4.4 Cripple walls shall not be permitted.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section R703.7.4.1.2 to read as follows:

R703.7.4.1.2 Seismic Design Categories D1 and D2. In Seismic Design Categories D1 and D2, provide single-wire joint reinforcement, a minimum of No. 9 gage, at a spacing of 18 inches (457 mm) on center vertically. The joint reinforcement shall be continuous in the veneer bed joint, with lap splices permitted between the veneer ties.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 24

FUEL GAS

SECTION G2419 (409)

GAS SHUTOFF VALVES

* Add new Section G2419.2.1 to read as follows:

G2419.2.1 Point of Delivery Service Valve. Where the point of delivery is the outlet of the service meter assembly, or the outlet of the service regulator a service shutoff valve shall be installed. Such valve is considered to be part of the customer piping system. (Effective January 1, 2003)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE)

The STANDARD BUILDING CODE (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjuction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Stnadard Building Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD BUILDING CODE.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code respectively.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (International Building Code) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure of any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Exception: Detached one and two family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code).

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

* Revise the Standard Building Code (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 23

WOOD

SECTION 2308

CONVENTIONAL LIGHT-FRAME CONSTRUCTION

* Revise Section 2308.11.2 to add the following exceptions:

Section 2308.11.2 Concrete or masonry. Concrete or masonry walls, or masonry veneer shall not extend above the basement.

Exceptions:

3. Masonry veneer is permitted to be used in the first two stories above grade in Seismic Design Categories B or C provided the following criteria are met:

3.1 "Type of Brace" per Section 2308.9.3 shall be Method 3 and the allowable shear capacity per Table 2306.4.1 shall be a minimum of 350 plf (5108 N/m) (ASD).

3.2 The bracing of the top story shall be located at each end and at least every 25 feet (7620 mm) on center but not less than 40% of the braced wall line. The bracing of the first story shall be located at each end and at least every 25 feet (7620 mm) on center but not less than 35% of the braced wall line.

3.3 Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of braced walls for the second floor to first floor wall assembly with an allowable design of 2000 lbs. (907.0 kg). Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of each wall segment of the braced walls for the first floor to foundation assembly with an allowable design of 3900 lbs. (1768 kg). In all cases, the hold down connector force shall be transferred to the foundation.

3.4 Cripple walls shall not be permitted.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

* Revise Section 2308.12.2 to add the following exceptions:

Section 2308.12.2 Concrete or masonry. Concrete or masonry walls, or masonry veneer shall not extend above the basement.

Exceptions: Masonry veneer is permitted to be used in the first story above grade in Seismic Design Category D provided the following criteria are met:

1. "Type of Brace" per Section 2308.9.3 shall be Method 3 and the allowable shear capacity per Table 2306.4.1 shall be a minimum of 350 plf (5108 N/m) (ASD).

2. The bracing of the first story shall be located at each end and at least every 25 feet (7620 mm) on center but not less than 45% of the braced wall line.

3. Hold down connectors shall be provided at the ends of braced walls for the first floor to foundation assembly with an allowable design of 2100 lbs. (952.5 kg).

4. Cripple walls shall not be permitted. (Effective January 1, 2003)


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001 AND 2002. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD PLUMBING CODE.

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code respectively.

(b) The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of plumbing equipment.

Scope:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code shall apply to the erection, installation, alteration, replacement, repairs, relocation, addition to, use or maintenance of plumbing systems within the State of Georgia. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired water heaters, and water heater venting systems shall be regulated by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code).

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum requirements for Boiler/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2002)

* Revise the Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 304

RODENTPROOFING

* Revise Section 304.4 Openings for pipes to read as follows:

304.4 Openings for Pipes. In or on structures where openings have been made in walls, floors or ceilings for the passage of pipes, such openings shall be sealed through the use of metal collars or other approved methods.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 4

FIXTURES, FAUCETS AND FITTINGS

SECTION 401

GENERAL

* Add new Section 401.4 to read as follows:

Section 401.4 Prohibited locations. No floor drains or other plumbing fixtures except electric water heaters shall be installed in a room containing air handling machinery when such room is used as a plenum. Except deep-seal trap floor drains consisting of a minimum 4-inch (102 mm) seal and supplied with a trap primer connected to a water distribution pipe shall be permitted. When rooms are used as a plenum, equipment drains shall be conveyed through an indirect waste receptor located outside such rooms or other approved point of disposal.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 403

MINIMUM PLUMBING FACILITIES

TABLE 403.1

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLUMBING FACILITIES

* Revise Table 403.1 wording under Others category for Residential Multiple family and One and Two Family Dwellings Occupancy and add a new footnote g to read as follows:


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(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 410

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

* Revise Section 410.1 Approval to read as follows:

410.1 Approval. Drinking fountains shall conform to ASME A112.19.1, ASME A112.19.2 or ASME A112.19.9, and water coolers shall conform to ARI 1010. Where water is served in restaurants, drinking fountains shall not be required.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

SECTION 419

URINALS

* Delete Section 419.3 Surrounding material and substitute to read as follows:

419.3 Surrounding material. See Section 1209 of the Building Code.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 10

TRAPS, INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

SECTION 1003

INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

* Delete the current Georgia amendment to Section 1003 and use Section 1003 of the 2000 Standard Plumbing Code as written.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

End of Amendments


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD GAS CODE

(International Fuel Gas Code)

The STANDARD GAS CODE (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001 AND 2002. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD GAS CODE.

Appendices

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all reference from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance rating of equipment.

SCOPE:

General. The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) shall apply to the installation of fuel gas piping systems, fuel gas utilization equipment, and related accessories as follows:

1. Coverage of piping systems shall extend from the point of delivery to the connections with gas utilization equipment. (See "point of delivery").

2. Systems with an operating pressure of 125 psig (862 kPa gauge) or less. Piping systems for gas-air mixtures within the flammable range with an operating pressure of 10 psig (69 kPa gauge). LP-Gas piping systems with an operating pressure of 20 psig (140 kPa gauge) or less.

3. Piping systems requirements shall include design, materials, components, fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, inspection, operation, and maintenance.

4. Requirements for gas utilization equipment and related accessories shall include installation, combustion and ventilation air and venting.

This Code shall apply to the following:

1. Portable LP-Gas equipment of all types that are not connected to a fixed fuel piping system.

2. Installation of farm equipment such as brooders, dehydrators, dryers, and irrigation equipment.

3. Raw material (feedstock) applications except for piping to special atmosphere generators.

4. Oxygen-fuel gas cutting and welding systems.

5. Industrial gas applications using gases such as acetylene and acetylene compounds, hydrogen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, oxygen, and nitrogen.

6. Petroleum refineries, pipelines compressor or pumping stations, loading terminals, compounding plants, refinery tank farms, and natural gas processing plants.

7. Integrated chemical plants or portions of such plants where flammable or combustible liquids or gases are produced by chemical reactions or used in chemical reactions.

8. LP-Gas installations at utility gas plants.

9. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) installations.

10. Fuel gas piping in power and atomic energy plants.

11. Proprietary items of equipment, apparatus, or instruments such as gas generating sets, compressors, and calorimeters.

12. LP-Gas equipment for vaporization, gas mixing, and gas manufacturing.

13. Temporary LP-Gas piping for buildings under construction or renovation that is not to become part of the permanent piping system.

14. Installation of LP-Gas systems for railroad switch heating.

15. Installation of LP-Gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) systems on vehicles.

16. Except as provided in Section 401.1.1 gas piping meters, gas pressure regulators, and other appurtenances used by the serving gas supplier in the distribution of gas, other than undiluted LP-Gas.

17. Building design and construction, except as specified herein.

The requirements for the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems operating with fuels other than fuel gas shall be regulated by the Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code).

* Revise the Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

(a) The State's minimum requirements for natural gas systems shall be established by the National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54). Areas not specifically addressed by the NFPA 54 and which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), the Gas Code shall be used as the supplement.

(b) The State's minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120-gallon capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202 (IFGC)

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

* Revise Section 202 GENERAL DEFINITIONS adding a new definition to read as follows:

VALVE.

Point of Delivery Service Shutoff. The point of delivery for natural gas systems is the outlet of the service meter assembly or the outlet of the service regulator or service shutoff valve where a meter is not provided. Where a valve is provided at the outlet of the service meter assembly, such valve shall be considered to be downstream of the point of delivery. The point of delivery for undiluted liquefied petroleum gas systems is the outlet of the first stage pressure regulator that provides utilization pressure, exclusive of line gas regulators, in the system.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

CHAPTER 4

GAS PIPING INSTALLATIONS

SECTION 409 (IFGC)

SHUTOFF VALVES

* Add new Section 409.2.1 to read as follows:

409.2.1 Point of Delivery Service Valve. Where the point of delivery is the outlet of the service meter assembly or the outlet of the service regulator, a service shutoff valve shall be installed. Such valve is considered to be part of the customer piping system.

(Effective January 1, 2003)

End of Amendments.

Errata to the January 1, 2002 Georgia Amendments to the 2000 Standard Building Code/International Building Code

Update your copy of the January 1, 2002 Georgia Amendments to the 2000 Standard Building Code/International Building Code, by making the following correction(s).

CHAPTER 16

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

SECTION 1609

WIND LOADS

1609.2 Definitions. BUILDING, SIMPLE DIAPHRAGM

Change Note 8 "form" to "from".

CHAPTER 17

STRUCTURAL TESTS AND SPECIAL INSPECTIONS

SECTION 1705

QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR SEISMIC RESISTANCE.

1705.1 Scope.

Change "See Section 1612 and 1615 of said code" to 1613 and 1621.

CHAPTER 18

SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS

SECTION 1802

FOUNDATION AND SOILS INVESTIGATIONS

1802.2 General.

Change 1802.2 to 1802.1 and "General" to "Where required".

End of Errata

Errata to the January 1, 2002 Georgia Amendments to the 2000 CABO 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Code/International Residential Code

Update your copy of the January 1, 2002 Georgia Amendments to the CABO 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Code/International Residental Code, 2000 Edition, by making the following correction(s).

CHAPTER 3

BUILDING PLANNING

SECTION R317

SMOKE ALARMS

R317.1 Smoke detectors required.

Change next to last sentence to: All detectors shall be interconnected such that the actuation of one alarm will actuate all the alarms in the individual unit and shall provide an alarm which is audible in all sleeping areas.

CHAPTER 5

FLOORS

SECTION R502

WOOD FLOOR FRAMING

R502.2.1 Decks.

Change R505.2.1.1, R505.2.1.2 to R502.2.1.1 and R502.2.1.2.

CHAPTER 24

FUEL GAS

SECTION G2409 (308)

CLEARANCE REDUCTION

G2409 (308) Clearance Reduction.

Change Section G2409 (308) Clearance Reduction to Section G2408 (305) Installation.

G2409.2 Reduction Table. Change G2409.2 Reduction table to G2408.2 (305.2) Elevation of ignition source.

End of Errata

Rule 110-11-1-.13 Adoption of the 2003 Standard Housing Code, the 2003 Standard Existing Building Code, Georgia Amendments to the 2000 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 2000 Standard Building Code, 2000 Standard Plumbing Code, and the 2000 Standard Mechani cal Code, effective January 1, 2004

The Board of Community Affairs hereby adopts the following code editions and amendments as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:


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ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

(International Residential Code for one and Two Family Dwellings)

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002 AND JANUARY 1, 2003. WHEN USED TOGETHER THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE.

Plumbing (Chapters 25 through 32) are deleted from the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code according to Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1, Part 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

Electrical (Chapters 33 through 42) are deleted and substitute for Electrical requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

Appendices

Appendices appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for heating and air conditioning equipment.

Scope

The provisions of the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of detached one and two family dwellings and multiple single family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor. (Effective January 1, 2004)

*Revise the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 3

BUILDING PLANNING

SECTION R307

TOILET, BATH AND SHOWER SPACES

*Revise Section R307.1 to read as follows:

R307.1 Space required. Fixtures shall be spaced as per Figure R307.2. Doors are permitted to encroach on clearance areas.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION R309

GARAGES AND CARPORTS

*Revise Section R309.1.1 to read as follows:

R309.1.1 Duct penetration. Ducts in the garage and ducts penetrating the walls or ceilings separating the dwelling from the garage shall be constructed of a minimum No. 26 gauge (0.48 mm) sheet steel or other approved Class 0 or Class 1 air duct material, except fibrous glass flex duct, and shall have no openings into the garage unless the garage space is conditioned by a separate unit. Fibrous glass flexible air ducts and air duct connectors are not permitted to pass through the wall or ceiling assembly. (Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION R310

EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE OPENINGS

*Revise Section R310.1.2 to read as follows:

R310.1.2 Minimum opening height. The minimum net clear opening height shall be 24 inches (610 mm). Projections not exceeding 1" total, such as, window slides or guides, driplips and weatherstripping are permitted in the clear opening.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

*Revise Section R310.1.3 to read as follows:

R310.1.3 Minimum opening width. The minimum net clear opening width shall be 20 inches (508 mm). Projections not exceeding 1" total, such as, window slides or guides, driplips and weatherstripping are permitted in the clear opening. (Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION R322

MOISTURE VAPOR RETARDERS

*Delete Section R322.1 of the existing Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2002 entirely and substitute to read as follows:

R322.1 Moisture Control. The requirements for Moisture Vapor Retarders shall be governed by the Georgia Energy Code for Buildings (International Energy Conservation Code) Section 502.1.1. (Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION R324

PROTECTION AGAINST TERMITES

*Delete Section R324.1 of the existing Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2002 and substitute the following to read:

*Revise Section R324.1 by adding a sentence at the end of section to read as follows:

R324.1 Subterranean termite control. ...any combination of these methods or any other method which has been approved for use by the State Department of Agriculture.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

*Add New Subsection R324.1.1 to read as follows:

R324.1.1 Inspection of separation areas outside structure. The minimum clearance between exterior cladding and grade shall be 6" to soil and 2" to impervious surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.

Exception: Walls covered by masonry veneer.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 4

FOUNDATIONS

SECTION 403

FOOTINGS

*Revise Section R403.1.4 to read as follows:

R403.1.4 Minimum depth. All exterior footings and foundation systems shall extend below the frost line specified in Table R301.2(1). All exterior footings shall be placed at least 12 inches below grade. (Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION R404

FOUNDATION WALLS

*Revise Section R404.1.7, Exception 2 of the existing Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2002 to read as follows:

R404.1.7 Backfill placement.

Exception:

2)Such bracing is not required for poured concrete walls which have cured at least 7 (seven) days or are of sufficient strength as determined by an engineer.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 13

GENERAL MECHANICAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

SECTION M1305

APPLIANCE ACCESS

*Revise first sentence of Section M1305.1.4 to read as follows:

M1305.1.4 Appliances under floors. Underfloor spaces containing appliances requiring access shall be provided with an unobstructed passageway large enough to remove the largest appliance, but not less than 30 inches (762 mm) high and 22 inches (559 mm) wide.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 43

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Revise the AF&PA Standard reference number for WFCM to read as follows:

American Forest and Paper Association

AF&PA 111 19th Street, NW, #800

Washington DC 20036

Standard reference number

Title

Reference in code section number

WFCM

ANSI/AF&PA Wood Frame

R301.2.1.1

 

Construction Manual for One and Two Family Dwellings, 2001 Edition

 

(Effective January 1, 2004)

     
 

End of Amendments.

  


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE)

The STANDARD BUILDING CODE (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002 AND JANUARY 1, 2003, WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD BUILDING CODE.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (International Building Code) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Exception: Detached one and two family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code).

Appendices

Appendices appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

*Revise the Standard Building Code (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 35

REFERENCE STANDARDS

*Revise the AF&PA Standard reference number for WFCM to read as follows:

American Forest and Paper Association

AF&PA 111 19th Street, NW, #800

Washington DC 20046

Standard reference number

Title

Reference in code section number

WFCM

ANSI/AF&PA Wood Frame

1609.1.1,

 

Construction Manual for One and Two Family Dwellings, 2001 Edition

2308.2.1

(Effective January 1, 2004)

     

End of amendments.

     


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE

(INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE)

The STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE (International Mechanical Code), 2000 Edition, as published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code).

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) Change all references from the International Energy Conservation Code to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance rating of mechanical equipment.

SCOPE:

This code shall regulate the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems that are permanently installed and utilized to provide control of environmental conditions and related processes within buildings. This code shall also regulate those mechanical systems, system components, equipment and appliances specifically addressed herein. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired appliances and fuel gas-fired appliance venting systems shall be regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code).

Appendices:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS:

(a) The State's minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120-gallon capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

*Revise the Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

*Delete the definition for ABSORBTION SYSTEM without substitution in the Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2001.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 306

ACCESS AND SERVICE SPACE

*Revise the second sentence of Section 306.4 to read as follows:

306.4 Appliances under floors. In the second sentence of the first paragraph, delete the following "and nor more than 20 feet ...to appliances."

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 4

VENTILATION

SECTION 401

GENERAL

*Revise the first sentence of Section 401.5.1 to read as follows:

401.5.1 Intake openings. Mechanical and gravity outside air intake openings shall be located a minimum of 10 feet (3048 mm) from any hazardous or noxious contaminant, such as vents, chimneys, plumbing vents, streets, alleys, parking lots and loading docks, except as otherwise specified in this code. (Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION 405

SYSTEM CONTROLS

*Add a new Section 405.2 to read as follows:

405.2 CO2 Sensors. Carbon dioxide sensors may be utilized for control of ventilation systems, as outlined in ASHRAE Standard 62-1999.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 11

REFRIGERATION

SECTION 1106

MACHINERY ROOM, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

*Add a new Section 1106.7 to read as follows

1106.7 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. The mandatory requirement for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units located at each mechanical room, as noted in reference standard ASHRAE Standard 15-1994, is deleted.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

End of amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE USED IN ADDITION TO THOSE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001, JANUARY 1, 2002 AND JANUARY 1, 2003. WHEN USED TOGETHER, THEY CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD PLUMBING CODE.

Appendices

Appendices appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted for enforcement in the ordinance of the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Change all references from the ICC Electrical Code to the Georgia State Minimum Standard National Electrical Code.

(b) The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of ratings of plumbing equipment.

Scope

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code shall apply to the erection, installation, alteration, replacement, repairs, relocation, addition to, use or maintenance of plumbing systems within the State of Georgia. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired waterheaters, and waterheater venting systems shall be regulated by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code).

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILER/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's Minimum requirements for Boilers/Water Heaters and Pressure Vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 gallons capacity, shall be established by O.C.G.A Title 34, Chapter 11, and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

*Revise the Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 4

FIXTURES, FAUCETS AND FIXTURE FITTINGS

SECTION 401

GENERAL

*Revise Section 401.4 of the Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2003 to read as follows:

401.4 Prohibited locations. No floor drains or other plumbing fixtures except electric water heaters shall be installed in a room containing air handling machinery when such room is used as a plenum. Except deep-seal trap floor drains consisting of a minimum 4-inch (102 mm) seal and supplied with a trap primer connected to a water distribution pipe shall be permitted.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION 403

MINIMUM PLUMBING FACILITIES

*Revise Section 403.2 to read as follows:

403.2 Separate facilities. Where plumbing fixtures are required, separate facilities shall be provided for each sex.

Exceptions:

1. Separate facilities shall not be required for private facilities.

2. Separate employee facilities shall not be required in occupancies in which 15 or less people are employed.

3. Separate facilities shall not be required in structures or tenant spaces of the following occupancies: office 1200 sq. ft., restaurant 500 sq. ft., laundries (self service) 1400 sq. ft. and beauty/barber shops 900 sq. ft.

4. Separate facilities shall not be required in mercantile structures or tenant spaces of mercantile occupancies with a total occupant load, including both employees and customers, of 50 or less.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

SECTION 410

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

*Revise Section 410.1 of the Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2003 to read as follows:

410.1 Approval. Drinking fountains shall conform to ASME A112.19.1, ASME A112.19.2 or ASME A112.19.9, and water coolers shall conform to ARI 1010. Where water is served in restaurants and nightclubs, drinking fountains shall not be required.

(Effective January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 6

WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION

SECTION 603

WATER SERVICE

*Revise Section 603.2 of the Georgia Amendments Revised January 1, 2001 to read as follows:

603.2 Separation of water service and building sewer. Water service pipe and the building sewer shall be separated by 5 feet (1524 mm) of undisturbed or compacted earth.

Exceptions:

1. The required separation distance shall not apply where the bottom of the water service pipe within 5 feet (1524 mm) of the sewer is a minimum of 12 inches (305 mm) above the top of the highest point of the sewer and the pipe materials conform to Section 703.1.

2. Water service pipe is permitted to be located in the same trench with a building sewer, provided such sewer is constructed of materials listed in Table 702.2.

3. The required separation distance shall not apply where a water service pipe crosses a sewer pipe provided the water service pipe is sleeved to at least 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally from the sewer pipe centerline, on both sides of such crossing with pipe materials listed in Table 605.4, Table 605.5, Table 702.2 or Table 702.3.

(Revised January 1, 2004)

SECTION 607

HOT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

*Delete Section 607.1 entirely and substitute the following:

607.1 Where required. In occupied structures, hot water shall be supplied to all plumbing fixtures and equipment utilized for bathing, washing, culinary purposes, cleansing, laundry or building maintenance. In nonresidential occupancies, hot water or tempered water shall be supplied for bathing and washing purposes except for hand-washing facilities. Accessible hand-washing facilities regardless of the occupancy shall not be required to be supplied with hot water.

(Revised January 1, 2004)

CHAPTER 10

TRAPS, INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

SECTION 1003

INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

*Revise Section 1003.5 adding a new sentence to read as follows:

1003.5 Sand interceptors in commercial establishments. Sand and similar interceptors for heavy solids shall be designed and located so as to be provided with ready access for cleaning, and shall have a water seal of not less than 6 inches (152 mm). In elevator pits where oil containment complying with ASTM A17.1-302.3g is provided by the elevator manufacturer no additional oil separator shall be required. (Revised January 1, 2004)

End of amendments.

Rule 110-11-1-.14 Adoption of the 2003 International Fire Code with Georgia Amendments, Georgia Amendments to the 2000 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 2000 Standard Building Code, 2000 Standard Plumbing Code, 2000 Standard Mechanical Code, 2000 Standard Gas Code, and the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code, effective January 1, 2005

The Board of Community Affairs hereby adopts the following code editions and amendments as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction:


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INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE:

A GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD CODE

The INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE, 2003 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute this official Georgia State Minimum Standard Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

This Georgia State Minimum Standard Code (the International Fire Code) establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes and premises and safeguards from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices; from conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises; and from fire hazards in the structure or on the premise from occupancy or operation. It also applies to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression and alarm systems.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 102

APPLICABILITY

*Delete paragraph 102.5 in its entirety and insert in its place the following:

102.5 Existing and special historic buildings. Refer to 102.1 regarding the application of this Code to existing buildings. Except to the extent required by applicable laws of Georgia, the provisions of this Code are not mandatory for buildings or structures identified by the state, or as appropriate, a local jurisdiction, as historic buildings when such buildings or structures are judged by the fire official to be safe and in the public interest of health, safety and welfare. When evaluating the safety of existing and historic buildings the fire official should consult O.C.G.A. Section 8-2-3, 'Uniform Act for the Application of Building and Fire Related Codes to Existing Buildings,' and the provisions of O.C.G.A. Sections 25-2-13(b)(3) & 25-2-13(b)(4).

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete paragraph 102.6 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

102.6 Referenced codes and standards. Where the provisions of this Code or the standards referenced thereby and in Chapter 45 of this Code do not apply to the specific subjects, situations or conditions encountered that involve risks to life and property from the hazards of fire, panic from fear of fire or smoke, or related hazards, compliance with the applicable chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall be evidence of compliance with this Code.

102.6.1 Basic minimum standard. Except where otherwise stated in this Code, where this Code or the standards referenced thereby and in Chapter 45 of this Code and the provisions of other chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner deal with the same subject, situation or condition, the more protective or stringent provision shall be the basic minimum standard to the degree specified in Section 103.

102.6.2 Recognized standards and publications. In Chapter 45 of this Code, under the heading 'NFPA,' the year edition of the National Fire Protection Association codes and standards referenced for purposes of this Code are the specific editions and any modifications thereto adopted by the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Add a new paragraph 102.10 to read as follows:

102.10 General provisions.

102.10.1 The administration, enforcement and penalty provisions of O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and the administrative provisions of the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall apply to and regulate the application and enforcement of this Code. For conditions existing prior to the adoption of this Code, the provisions and modifications adopted in Chapter 120-3-3, under Rule 120-3-3-.04 for Section 4.6 of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code (LSC), shall apply to the application of this Code. NOTE: Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting any local jurisdiction from adopting the deleted portions of Chapter 1 of this Code for local purposes, provided, however, local amendments shall not be less restrictive than the code as adopted in these regulations.

102.10.2 The provisions of O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and other applicable state laws, and the applicable provisions of various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner regarding the requirements for certificates, licenses, permits, plan reviews, inspections, approvals, fees, etc. shall apply. Local authorities having jurisdiction need to be consulted to determine if rules and regulations of the local jurisdiction regarding the requirements for local certificates, licenses, permits, plan reviews, inspections, approvals, fees, etc. also apply.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 103

PURPOSE AND INTENT

*Delete Section 103 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

103.1 General. The primary purpose of the Code as adopted is to provide, along with other adopted codes and standards, for the reasonable protection of life and property from the hazards created by fire, smoke, explosion, or panic created from a fear of fire or smoke. It is intended that the purpose of this Code be accomplished by:

(1) Coordinating application and enforcement of its provisions with those of other applicable codes, standards and regulations; and

(2) By coordinating the application of its provisions where possible with educational programs or efforts designed to bring about changes in high risk attitudes and behaviors that are the root causes of most fire related problems in Georgia; and

(3) By encouraging or requiring informational and awareness programs designed to make the citizens of Georgia aware of their responsibilities for compliance with this Code as well as the other Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

103.2 Coordination of provisions. This Code shall apply to all buildings, structures and facilities as provided in subsection 102.1, except as herein provided and shall be utilized in conjunction with the Life Safety Code (LSC), the International Building Code (IBC), the International Fire Code (IFC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), and the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), to the degree provided in 103.1. Where specific occupancy types and structures have been addressed by additional NFPA standards in addition to the LSC, the specific NFPA standard related to the occupancy type and/or structure shall take precedence over any of the requirements of the International Codes referenced in subsection 1.4.3 of the LSC, except for areas where the International Codes provide for additional requirements related to minimum construction requirements and standpipes.

Exception: This Code does not apply to one- and two-family dwellings or one- and two-family row houses (townhouses) separated by a 2-hour fire wall.

103.3 Resolution of conflicts. Where any technical requirements which are addressed by this Code and the IBC, the IMC, and the IFGC, and other referenced NFPA Codes and/or Standards; and where two or more of the aforementioned codes and/or standards establish differing requirements, whether conflicting or more restrictive, the code conflict resolution principles specified in O.C.G.A. Section 25-2-13(g)shall be applied by the authority having jurisdiction.

"Exception: Where this Code provides for additional requirements related to standpipes."

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 105

PERMITS

The provisions of Section 105, PERMITS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes. Refer to 102.10.2 with regard to permits required by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 107

MAINTENANCE

*Delete Section 107.6 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

107.6 Overcrowding. Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or a portion thereof shall not be allowed. The Fire Code Official, upon finding any overcrowded conditions or obstructions in aisles, passageways or other means of egress, or upon finding any condition which constitutes a life safety hazard, shall be authorized to cause the event to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is corrected, or to take other actions deemed appropriate to have the condition or obstruction corrected.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 108

BOARD OF APPEALS

The provisions of Section 108, BOARD OF APPEALS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 109

VIOLATIONS

The provisions of Section 109, VIOLATIONS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 110

UNSAFE BUILDINGS

The provisions of Section 110, UNSAFE BUILDINGS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 111

STOP WORK ORDER

The provisions of Section 111, STOP WORK ORDER, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FIRE

SECTION 303

ASPHALT KETTLES

*Delete paragraph 303.5 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

303.5 Fire extinguishers. There shall be at least one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 and with a minimum 2-A:40-B:C rating within 25 feet (7620 mm) of each asphalt (tar) kettle during the period such kettle is being utilized, and a minimum of one additional portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 2-A:40-B:C rating on the roof being covered.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 5

FIRE SERVICE FEATURES

SECTION 503

FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROADS

*Delete paragraph 503.1.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

503.1.1 Buildings and facilities. Approved fire apparatus access roads shall be provided for every facility, building or portion of a building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction as determined by the local responding fire department or agency. The fire apparatus access road shall comply with the requirements of this section and shall extend to within 150 feet (45.7 m) of all portions of the facility or any portion of the exterior wall of the first story of the building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility.

Exception: The local responding fire department or agency is authorized to increase the dimension of 150 feet (45.7 m) where:

1. The building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2 or 903.3.1.3.

2. Fire apparatus access roads cannot be installed because of location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, and an approved alternative means of fire protection is provided.

3. There are not more than two Group R-3 or Group U occupancies.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 504

ACCESS TO BUILDING OPENINGS AND ROOFS

*Add a new paragraph 504.1.1 to read as follows:

504.1.1 Access doors. For fire fighting purposes, there shall be at least one access door in each 100 linear feet (30.5 m) or major fraction thereof of the exterior walls which face the access roadways required by Section 503, unless otherwise required in this code section. In exterior walls designed with continuous rolling dock doors, which face access roadways, there shall be at least one access door in each 200 linear feet (61 m) or fraction thereof. Required access doors shall be a minimum of 3 feet (0.9 m) wide and 6 feet 8 inches (2 m) high and shall be accessible without use of a ladder. Rolling doors are acceptable for such purposes in buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system(s) unless otherwise approved for unsprinklered buildings by the Fire Code Official.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 508

FIRE PROTECTION WATER SUPPLIES

*Delete paragraph 508.5.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

508.5.1 Where required. Where a portion of the facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction is more than 500 feet (152 m) from a hydrant on a fire apparatus access road, as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the facility or building, on-site fire hydrant mains shall be provided where required by the local responding fire department or agency.

Exceptions:

1. For group R-3 and Group U occupancies, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).

2. For buildings equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 6

BUILDING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

SECTION 601

GENERAL

*Add a new paragraph 601.3 to read as follows:

601.3 Where reference is made in this Code to the International Electrical Code, it shall be construed as referencing NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 603

FUEL-FIRED APPLIANCES

*Delete paragraph 603.1.4 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

603.1.4 Fuel oil. The grade of fuel oil used in a burner shall be that for which the burner is approved and as stipulated by the manufacturer. The use of crankcase oil or any other oil containing gasoline shall not be used except as permitted in NFPA 31, Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-11, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 703

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

*Add a new paragraph 703.5 to read as follows:

703.5 Barrier identification. All fire and/or smoke barriers or walls shall be effectively and permanently identified with signs or stenciling above a decorative ceiling and/or in concealed spaces with letters a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm) high on a contrasting background spaced a maximum of 12 feet (3.7 m) on center with a minimum of one per wall or barrier. The hourly rating shall be included on all rated barriers or walls. Suggested wording '(__) Hour Fire and Smoke Barrier-Protect All Openings.'

Exception: Existing stenciling acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 8

INTERIOR FINISH, DECORATIVE MATERIALS AND

FURNISHINGS

SECTION 801

GENERAL

*Delete paragraph 801.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

801.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for furniture, furnishings, interior finishes, interior trim, decorative materials, and decorative vegetation shall be as required by the LSC, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 9

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

SECTION 901

GENERAL

*Delete section 901.4.2 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

901.4.2 Provisions in excess of the minimum Code requirements shall, as a minimum, be installed to meet the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standard(s) which may be applicable to the provision at the time of its installation. Any non-required fire protection system which is added onto, or interconnected with, any required fire protection system (of a similar type), shall be designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standard(s) which may be applicable to the provision at the time of its installation.

Exceptions:

1. Other installations not conforming with the provisions of the currently adopted code(s) and/or standards(s) applicable to the provisions at the time of its installation if such installations are reported and filed with the local responding fire department and the authority having jurisdiction. In addition such systems shall be identified as required by the authority having jurisdiction.

2. Non-required systems designed, reviewed, installed and approved in accordance with local codes and/or ordinances.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Add a new paragraph 901.6.3 to read as follows:

901.6.3 Automatic sprinkler systems and other water based fire extinguishing systems, including fire pumps, required or installed shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, provided however, that any area not specifically addressed by NFPA 25, and which is specifically addressed by this Code, the specific provision of this Code shall be the minimum requirement. A certificate of inspection, as specified by NFPA 25, shall be retained on file at the facility and shall be made available to the Fire Code Official upon request for review for a period of at least three years.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 903

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

*Delete paragraph 903.2 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

903.2 The requirements for the installation, design, testing and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems shall be as required by the LSC and, as applicable, NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, or NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height, as adopted and modified by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. If there are any areas not specifically addressed by the LSC or by NFPA Standards 13, 13D or 13R, and which are addressed by this Code, the specific provisions of this Code shall be the minimum requirements.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 904

ALTERNATIVE AUTOMATIC FIRE-EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS

*Delete paragraph 904.11 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

904.11 Fire protection for cooking operations

904.11.1 The design, installation, protection and maintenance of cooking equipment, shall be as required by the LSC and NFPA 96, Standard for the Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. If there are any areas not specifically addressed by the LSC or by NFPA 96, and which are addressed by this Code, the specific provisions of this Code shall be the minimum requirements.

904.11.2 Fire suppression systems approved for the protection of commercial cooking equipment shall be designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with the applicable standards adopted in Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 905

STANDPIPE SYSTEMS

*Delete paragraph 905.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

905.1 General. The State's minimum requirements for standpipe systems shall be as required by this Code, International Fire Code (IFC). If there are any areas not specifically addressed by this Code IFC and which are addressed by the LSC, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, the requirements of the LSC shall be the State minimum requirements. Standpipe systems shall be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrant, and Hose Systems, and NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, as adopted by Chapter120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 906

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

*Delete paragraph 906.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

906.1 Portable fire extinguishers - general. Unless specifically prohibited in the LSC, portable fire extinguishers shall be installed in all buildings, structures and facilities falling under the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Any area not specifically addressed in the LSC and which are addressed by this Code or by any of the standards or codes adopted by the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, the provisions addressed by the other applicable standard or code shall be the State minimum requirements.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete paragraph 906.2 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

906.2 General requirements. The selection, installation and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers shall comply with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Exception: The maximum travel distance to reach an extinguisher shall not apply to the spectator seating portions of Group A-5 occupancies.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 907

FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS

*Delete paragraph 907.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following, while retaining existing subsections:

907.1 Fire alarm systems - general. The State's minimum requirements for fire alarm systems shall be as required by the LSC, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. If there are any areas not specifically addressed by the LSC and which are addressed by the IBC or by this Code, the requirements of the IBC or this Code shall be the State minimum requirements. Fire alarm systems shall be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3,Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete paragraph 907.2 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

907.2 Smoke detectors - general. The State's minimum requirements for smoke detectors or smoke detection systems shall be as required by the LSC, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, except where they are specifically addressed by the O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2. If there are any areas not specifically addressed by the LSC or by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and which are addressed by the IBC or by this Code, the requirements of the IBC or this Code shall be the State minimum requirements. Such detectors installed as required by O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and the applicable provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall be properly maintained in an operable condition.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete paragraph 907.3 in its entirety.

SECTION 909

SMOKE CONTROL SYSTEMS

*Add a new paragraph 909.2.1 to read as follows:

909.2.1 Smoke control. For guidance on designing, installing, acceptance testing, periodic testing, and maintaining engineered smoke-control systems, see the following (see LSC A.23.3.1.3 for existing detention and correctional occupancies):

(1) NFPA 92A, Recommended Practice for Smoke-Control Systems

(2) NFPA 92B, Guide for Smoke Management Systems in Malls, Atria, and Large Areas

(3) NFPA SPP-53, Smoke Control in Fire Safety Design

(4) ASHRAE/SFPE, Design of Smoke Management Systems

(5) ASHRAE, Guideline 5: Guideline for Commissioning Smoke Management Systems.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 910

SMOKE AND HEAT VENTS

*Add an exception to paragraph 910.1 to read as follows:

Exception 2: ESFR Sprinkler system(s). In areas of buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic ESFR sprinkler system(s), neither smoke or heat venting nor mechanical smoke removal systems are required.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 10

MEANS OF EGRESS

SECTION 1001

GENERAL

*Delete paragraph 1001.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

1001.1 The State's means of egress requirements and all components thereof, with the exception of mezzanines, unless otherwise addressed in the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, shall be established by the LSC, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

1001.1.1 The State's minimum requirements for means of egress from mezzanines shall be established by the Life Safety as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Add the following paragraph 1001.3 to read as follows:

1001.3 Overcrowding prevention. Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or a portion thereof shall not be allowed. It is the responsibility of the manager and the person in charge of a building, structure, or portion thereof not to allow an overcrowded condition or any condition which constitutes a life safety hazard to exist, and to take prompt action to remedy an overcrowded condition or life safety hazard when evidence of such a condition is noted, or when advised or ordered by the Fire Code Official or his/her representative.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 11

AVIATION FACILITIES

SECTION 1103

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

*Delete paragraph 1103.5 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

1103.5 Dispensing of flammable and combustible liquids. No dispensing, transfer or storage of flammable or combustible liquids shall be permitted inside any building or structure.

Exceptions:

1. As provided in Chapter 34 of this Code, provided the provisions are not less protective than the provisions of any applicable codes and standards adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

2. When the procedures used follow the guidelines and requirements set forth in NFPA 410 - Standard for Aircraft Maintenance.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 1107

HELISTOPS AND HELIPORTS

*Delete paragraph 1107.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

1107.1 General. Helistops and heliports shall be maintained in accordance with Section 1107. Helistops and heliports on buildings or structures shall be constructed in accordance with the IBC and the requirements set forth by NFPA 418 - Standard for Heliports.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 27

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS-GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 2701

GENERAL

*Delete paragraph 2701.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

2701.1 Scope. The State's minimum requirements for the storage, handling, use, and transportation of hazardous materials such as but not limited to: aerosols (Chapter 28); compressed gases (Chapter 30); corrosive materials (Chapter 31); cryogenic fluids (Chapter 32); explosives and fireworks (Chapter 33); flammable and combustible liquids (Chapter 34); flammable gases (Chapter 35); flammable solids (Chapter 36); highly toxic and toxic materials (Chapter 37); liquefied petroleum gases (Chapter 38); organic peroxides (Chapter 39); oxidizers (Chapter 40); pyrophoric materials (Chapter 41); pyroxylin (cellulose nitrate) plastics (Chapter 42); unstable (reactive) materials (Chapter 43); water-reactive solids and liquids (Chapter 44); and other materials deemed hazardous by the Fire Code Official shall be in accordance with the applicable Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. If there are areas not specifically addressed by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, but which are addressed by this Code, the minimum standards established by this Code shall apply.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 2703

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

*In Table 2703.11.1, add superscript "k" to Oxidizers in the Material column and add the following footnote "k" to read as follows:

k. Group M occupancies with Class 2 and Class 3 oxidizers exceeding these quantities shall include fire protection in accordance with NFPA 430, Section 7-4.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 33

EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS

SECTION 3306

SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION

*Delete paragraph 3306.5.1.3 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

3306.5.1.3 Small arms primers or percussion caps - 10,000 on display in a non-sprinklered building; 25,000 on display in a sprinklered building.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 3308

FIREWORKS DISPLAY

*Delete paragraph 3308.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

3308.1 General provisions. In addition to the requirements of this Section for the display of fireworks the provisions of O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and Chapter 120-3-22, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, shall apply. Where there may be a conflict between a provision of this Section and a provision of the above referenced law or regulation, the provision of the above referenced law or regulation shall apply. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the use of fireworks by railroads or other transportation agencies for the signal purposes or illumination, or the sale or use of blank cartridges for a show or theater, or for signal or ceremonial purposes in athletics or sports or for the use by military organizations.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 38

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES

*Delete Chapter 38 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

The provisions relating to the storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gases shall be those in NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-16, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of plumbing equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code)shall apply to the erection, installation, alteration, replacement, repairs, relocation, addition, use or maintenance of plumbing systems within the State of Georgia. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired water heaters and water heater venting systems shall be regulated by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code).

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERs aND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 306

TRENCHING, EXCAVATION AND BACKFILL

*Revise Section 306.3 'Backfilling.'

306.3 Backfilling. Loose earth free from rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks and other rubble, shall be placed in the trench in 6-inch (153 mm) layers and tamped in place until the crown of the pipe is covered by a minimum of 6 inches (153 mm) of tamped earth. The backfill under and beside the pipe shall be compacted for pipe support. Backfill shall be brought up evenly on both sides of the pipe so that the pipe remains aligned. In instances where the manufacturer's installation instructions for materials are more restrictive than those prescribed by the code, the material shall be installed in accordance with the more restrictive requirement.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 5

WATER HEATERS

SECTION 502

INSTALLATION

*Revise Section 502.2 'Water heaters installed in garages' to add exception.

502.2 Water heaters installed in garages.

Exception:

Elevation of the ignition source is not required for appliances that are listed and labeled as flammable vapor resistant and for installation without elevation.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION 504

SAFETY DEVICES

*Revise Section 504.6.1 'Discharge' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2002 and rename 'Relief discharge.'

504.6.1 Relief discharge. The relief valve shall discharge full size, separately to a safe place of disposal such as a concrete floor, outside the building, an indirect waste receptor, or other approved location. The discharge shall terminate in a manner that does not cause injury to occupants in the immediate area or structural damage to the building. The discharge pipe shall not be trapped. When the relief valve discharge piping goes upward a thermal expansion control device shall be installed on the cold water distribution or service pipe in accordance with Section 607.3.2 (GA Amendments). Provisions shall be made at the low point to drain the trapped portion of the discharge pipe.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section 504.7 'Required pan' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2002 to add exception.

504.7 Required pan.

Exception:

A pan is not required when the water heater is located on a concrete floor or a wood floor covered with vinyl or tile flooring.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 6

WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION

SECTION 602

WATER REQUIRED

*Revise Section 602.2 'Potable water required' to add exception.

602.2 Potable water required.

Exception:

Fixture shutoff valves are not required on tubs and showers.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 10

TRAPS, INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

SECTION 1003

INTERCEPTORS AND SEPARATORS

*Revise Section 1003.4 'Oil separators required' to add sentence.

1003.4 Oil separators required. In elevator pits where oil containment complies with the Georgia Department of Labor Elevator Rules and Regulations, no additional oil separator shall be required.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete Section 1003.5 'Oil separators' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2001 without substitution. Revert to original Section 1003.5 'Sand interceptors in commercial establishments.'

(Effective January 1, 2005)

GA STATE AMENDMENTS

*Delete Appendix J in the current Georgia State Amendments without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE

(INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE)

The STANDARD MECHANICAL CODE (International Mechanical Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2001 and 2004, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of mechanical equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code) shall regulate the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems that are permanently installed and utilized to provide control of environmental conditions and related processes within buildings. This code shall also regulate those mechanical systems, system components, equipment and appliances specifically addressed herein. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired appliances and fuel gas-fired appliance venting systems shall be regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code).

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 4

VENTILATION

SECTION 403

MECHANICAL VENTILATION

*Revise Section 403.3 'Ventilation rate' to add exception.

403.3 Ventilation rate.

Exception #2:

The minimum outdoor airflow rate may also be determined in accordance with Addendum "n" of ASHRAE 62-2001 as an alternate method.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 6

DUCT SYSTEMS

SECTION 603

DUCT CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION

*Revise Section 603.1 'General' to add.

603.1 General.

Ducts and duct systems complying with the following applicable standards shall be deemed as meeting the intent of this code:

1. SMACNA Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards; or SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards-Metal and Flexible; or NAIMA Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards.

2. ASHRAE Handbook

3. UL-181; UL-181A and UL-181B

4. ADC Flexible Duct Performance and Installation Standards

5. ACCA Manual D-Residential Duct Systems; ACCA Manual Q-Commercial Low Pressure, Low Velocity Duct System Design.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 15

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Revise Chapter 15 'Referenced Standards' to add.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

ACCA

Air Conditioning Contractors of America 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22206

  

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

Manual D

Residential Duct Systems

603.1

Manual Q

Commercial Low Pressure, Low Velocity

  

Duct System Design

  

603.1

ADC

Air Diffusion Council 1000 East Woodfield Road, Suite 102 Schaumburg, IL 60173

  

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code number section

  

Flexible Duct Performance and Installation Standards

  

(Third Edition 2003)

  

603.1

NAIMA

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 310 Alexandria, VA 22314

  

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

  

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards 603.1

  

UL

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. 333 Pfingsten Road Northbrook, IL 60062-2096

  

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

181A-94

Standard for Closure Systems for Use with Rigid Air Ducts and Air Connectors

603.1

181B-95

Standard for Closure Systems for Use with Flexible Air Ducts and Air Connectors

603.1

  

End of Amendments

  


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE)

The STANDARD BUILDING CODE (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2002, 2003 and 2004, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (International Building Code) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings).

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

DEFINITIONS

*Revise Section 202 'Definitions' to add definition of 'Elevator Door Opening Protective Device.'

ELEVATOR DOOR OPENING PROTECTIVE DEVICE. Any device that either independently or in conjunction with the (elevator) door assembly allows the device(s) to meet the requirements of Section 714.2.3.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 4

SPECIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS BASED ON

USE AND OCCUPANCY

SECTION 403

HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS

*Delete Section 403.9 'Elevators,' rename 'Elevators and elevator lobbies' and substitute.

403.9 Elevators and elevator lobbies.

403.9.1 All elevators on all floors shall open into elevator lobbies which are separated from the remainder of the building by non-rated smoke partitions with automatic or self-closing doors in accordance with Section 714.

Exceptions:

1. Elevator lobbies within an atrium.

2. Elevators which are located on the exterior of the building and served by exterior walkways.

3. The main entrance level of the building except as required by Section 403.9.5.

4. Elevator shafts which connect three contiguous stories or less within the building.

5. Elevators which serve open air parking decks and not more than one floor in accordance with Section 406.3 beneath other occupancies.

6. Hoistways which are provided with a mechanical smoke control system designed to resist the migration of smoke to other floors through the hoistway in accordance with Section 513 of the International Mechanical Code.

7. In buildings protected with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903, lobbies are not required where a listed elevator door opening protective device, in compliance with Section 1001.1 (GA Amendments), is provided at the hoistway opening other than at the designated primary and alternate floors of elevator return, subject to approval by the authority having jurisdiction.

403.9.2 Each elevator lobby shall have at least one means of egress, shall contain at least thirty square feet (2.79 m2) for each elevator cab discharging into the lobby, but no area less than the largest cab discharging into the lobby, and shall have no lobby dimension less than five feet (1.53 m). Openings in the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to theelevators and for egress from the building. Approved smoke dampers shall be installed where mechanical ducts penetrate the lobby enclosure.

403.9.3 Each elevator lobby shall be provided with an approved smoke detector located on the lobby ceiling. When the detector is activated, elevator doors shall not open and all cars serving that lobby are to return to the main floor and be under manual control only. If the main floor detector or a transfer floor detector is activated, all cars serving the main floor or transfer floor shall return to a location approved by the fire department and building official and be under manual control only. The detector may serve to close the lobby doors.

403.9.4 Elevator operation and installation shall be in accordance with Chapter 30.

403.9.5 Designated floors for elevator return. New elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving walks shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of ANSI/ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. The elevator lobby of the designated floor and the alternate floor specified by Rule 2.27.3 shall be separated from the remainder of the building by 1 hour fire-rated construction. In buildings equipped with automatic sprinkler protection, smoke partitions in accordance with Section 8.2.4 (NFPA 101, 2000 Edition) may be used in lieu of 1 hour fire-rated construction. Except health care occupancies, openings in the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to the elevators from exit access corridors only. Elevator lobbies may be used as part of the means of egress from the building.

Exceptions:

1. Elevator lobbies are not required within an atrium.

2. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed on open exterior walls.

3. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed in open air parking structures.

4. Elevator lobbies are not required in buildings three stories or less with vertical openings protected in accordance with the applicable occupancy chapter.

5. Elevator lobbies are not required in mercantile occupancies that have properly protected openings for escalators or stairs.

6. Existing installations acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 707

SHAFT AND VERTICAL EXIT ENCLOSURES

*Delete Section 707.14.1 'Elevator lobby' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2002. Delete Section 707.14 'Elevator and dumbwaiter shafts' and substitute.

707.14 Elevator and dumbwaiter shafts. Elevator hoistway and dumbwaiter enclosures shall be constructed in accordance with this section, Sections 403.9 and 707.4 and Chapter 30.

707.14.1 Elevator lobby. Elevator lobbies opening onto floors required to be provided with fire-rated exit access corridors and elevator lobbies in high-rise buildings shall be provided with an elevator lobby at each floor. The elevator lobby shall be separated from exit access corridors by 1 hour fire barriers with all duct penetrations protected with approved automatic smoke dampers. Each elevator lobby shall have at least one means of egress, shall contain atleast thirty square feet (2.79 m2) for each elevator cab discharging in the lobby, but no area less than the largest cab discharging into the lobby, and shall have no lobby dimension less than five feet (1.53 m). Openings into the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to the elevators and for egress from the building.

Exceptions:

1. In office buildings, elevator lobbies are not required from a street floor lobby provided the entire street floor is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, except as provided in Section 707.14.2.

2. Elevators not required to be located in a shaft in accordance with Section 707.2.

3. Where additional doors are provided in accordance with Section 3002.6.

4. In other than Groups I-2 and I-3, and buildings which are not classified as high-rise buildings, lobby separation is not required where the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed throughout in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2.

5. Elevator lobbies are not required within an atrium.

6. Elevators which are located on the exterior of the building and served by exterior walkways.

7. Elevators which serve open air parking decks in accordance with Section 406.3 beneath other occupancies.

8. Hoistways which are provided with mechanical systems designed to resist the passage of smoke to other floors through the hoistway.

9. Lobbies are not required where a listed elevator door opening protective device, in compliance with Section 1001.1 (GA Amendments), is provided at the hoistway opening other than at the designated primary and alternate floors of elevator return, subject to approval by the authority having jurisdiction.

10. Elevator shafts which connect three contiguous stories or less within the building.

707.14.2 Designated floors for elevator return. New elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving walks shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of ANSI/ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. The elevator lobby of the designated floor and the alternate floor specified by Rule 2.27.3 shall be separated from the remainder of the building by 1 hour fire-rated construction. In buildings equipped with automatic sprinkler protection, smoke partitions in accordance with Section 8.2.4 (NFPA 101, 2000 Edition) may be used in lieu of 1 hour fire-rated construction. Except health care occupancies, openings in the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to the elevators from exit access corridors only. Elevator lobbies may be used as part of the means of egress from the building.

Exceptions:

1. Elevator lobbies are not required within an atrium.

2. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed on open exterior walls.

3. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed in open air parking structures.

4. Elevator lobbies are not required in buildings three stories or less with vertical openings protected in accordance with the applicable occupancy chapter.

5. Elevator lobbies are not required in mercantile occupancies that have properly protected openings for escalators or stairs.

6. Existing installations acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 16

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

SECTION 1615

EARTHQUAKE LOADS-SITE GROUND MOTION

*Revise Section 1615.1 'General procedure for determining maximum considered earthquake and design spectral response accelerations' to add exception and two new figures.

1615.1 General procedure for determining maximum considered earthquake and design spectral response accelerations.

Exception #2:

As an alternate Figures 1615(11) and 1615(12) shall be permitted to be used in Georgia.

(Effective January 1, 2005)


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FIGURE 1615(11)

MAXIMUM CONSIDERED EARTHQUAKE GROUND MOTION FOR GEORGIA OF 0.2 SEC SPECTRAL RESPONSE ACCELERATION (5 PERCENT OF CRITICAL DAMPING), SITE CLASS B


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FIGURE 1615(12)

MAXIMUM CONSIDERED EARTHQUAKE GROUND MOTION FOR GEORGIA OF 1.0 SEC SPECTRAL RESPONSE ACCELERATION (5 PERCENT OF CRITICAL DAMPING), SITE CLASS B

SECTION 1616

EARTHQUAKE LOADS-CRITERIA SELECTION

*Revise Section 1616.3 'Determination of seismic design category' to add exception.

1616.3 Determination of seismic design category.

Exception:

The seismic design category is permitted to be determined from Table 1616.3(1) alone when all of the following apply:

1. The approximate fundamental period of the structure, Ta, in each of the two orthogonal directions determined in accordance with 1617.4.2.1 is less than 0.8 Ts, determined in accordance with 1615.1.4;

2. Equation 16-35 is used to determine the seismic response factor, Cs; and

3. The diaphragms are rigid as defined in Section 1602.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 23

WOOD

SECTION 2304

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

*Revise Section 2304.9.5 'Fasteners in preservative-treated and fire-retardant-treated wood' and rename 'Fasteners in naturally durable, preservative-treated and fire-retardant-treated wood.'

2304.9.5 Fasteners in naturally durable, preservative-treated and fire-retardant-treated wood. Fasteners for naturally durable wood shall be resistant to corrosion or be protected to resist corrosion. Where sacrificial coatings are applied to fasteners, a minimum coating thickness capable of protecting the fastener for the expected service life of the structure shall be provided. Fasteners for preservative-treated and fire-retardant-treated wood shall be of hot-dipped zinc-coated galvanized steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze or copper. Fastenings for wood foundations shall be as required in AF&PA Technical Report No. 7. The coating weights for zinc-coated fasteners shall be in accordance with ASTM A 153M or ASTM A 641, Supplementary Requirements.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments


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GEORGIA STATE

ENERGY CODE FOR BUILDINGS

(INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE)

The GEORGIA STATE ENERGY CODE FOR BUILDINGS (International Energy Conservation Code), 2000 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Supplements and Amendments and the Georgia Supplements and Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2003, shall constitute this official Georgia State Minimum Standard Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

SCOPE:

Each chapter of these Georgia Supplements and Amendments corresponds with a chapter of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Chapter 1: Administration and Enforcement.

Chapter 2: Definitions.

Chapter 3: Design Conditions. 'The criteria of this chapter establish the design conditions for use with Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8.'

Chapter 4: Residential Building Design by Systems Analysis and Design of Buildings Utilizing Renewable Energy Sources. 'This chapter establishes design criteria in terms of total energy use by a residential building, including all of its systems.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 5: Residential Building Design by Component1 Performance Approach. 'Residential buildings or portions thereof that enclose conditioned space shall be constructed to meet the requirements of this chapter.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)This chapter offers the use of 'trade-offs,' whereby values between building components may be substituted or traded-off for compliance. A properly completed Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet2 or the use of appropriate computer software (REScheck3) may be used to validate any trade-off.

Chapter 6: Simplified Prescriptive Requirements for Residential Buildings, Type A-1 and A-2. 'This chapter sets forth energy-efficiency-related requirements for the design and construction of Type A-1 and A-2 residential buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 7: Building Design for All Commercial Buildings. Commercial buildings [except those that comply with Chapter 8, Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings; the Single Step Compliance for Simple Commercial Buildings; or appropriate computer software (COMcheck3)] shall meet the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001. (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 8: Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings. 'The requirements contained in this chapter are applicable to commercial buildings, or portions of commercial buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 9: Referenced Standards.

Appendix A.

Appendix B. Provides additional prescriptive methods by which to achieve compliance, simple methods and forms to assist in compliance calculations, and illustrations to assist in the understanding of compliance requirements.

Individual structures should follow a single compliance method and not a combination of compliance methods. The 'basic requirements' of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) apply to all compliance methods.

Where these Georgia Supplements and Amendments conflict with either the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)or ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001, these Georgia Supplements and Amendments shall take precedence.

Air infiltration accounts for substantial heat loss, heat gain and moisture migration in a building. Proper sealing around all doors, windows and other envelope penetrations through the walls, ceiling and foundation is as important to code compliance as are proper insulation R-values and component U-values.

It is not the intention of this code to abridge safety or health. Where the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia Supplements and Amendments conflict with other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia Supplements and Amendments shall be enforced as written provided safety, health or environmental requirements of other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes are not abridged.

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1999 with references to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

________________

1. 'Component' refers to a particular element of a building, such as a ceiling, an exterior wall, a floor, etc.

2. For the 'Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet,' see Appendix B.

3. REScheck and COMcheck are computer programs developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy to assist in demonstration of compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). They can be obtained from the D.O.E. by calling (800) 270-CODE (2633) or free of charge online at www.energycodes.gov .

CHAPTER 3

DESIGN CONDITIONS

SECTION 302

THERMAL DESIGN PARAMETERS

*Revise Figure 302.1(11) 'Georgiaa' to change Cherokee County and Forsyth County from Climate Zone 8 to Climate Zone 7A.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 5

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DESIGN BY COMPONENT

PERFORMANCE APPROACH

SECTION 502

BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS

*Revise Note #2 of Section 502.2.1.2 'Roof/ceiling.'

502.2.1.2 Roof/ceiling.

Note #2:

Weather-stripped access doors (minimum U-0.35), weather-stripped hatches/scuttle hole covers (minimum R-19 insulation or U-0.05), or weather-stripped disappearing/pull-down stairs (minimum U-0.35) shall be calculated as a sub-element with a U-factor of U-0.05 or insulation R-value of R-19. Weather-stripping, factory applied or approved by the local Building Official, shall be deemed to meet Table 502.2a Footnote a, Sections 502.1.4 Air leakage and 502.1.4.2 Caulking and sealants and Table 502.2.1 in Appendix B.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section 502.2.1.6 'Basement walls,' add superscript '1' to title and add exceptions and notes.

502.2.1.6 Basement walls1. The exterior walls of conditioned basements2 shall have a thermal transmittance value not exceeding the valve given in Table 502.2 from the top of the basement wall to a depth of 10 feet (3048 mm) below grade, or to the level of the basement floor, whichever is less.

Exceptions:

1. For conditioned basements in Climate Zones 4B, 5A, 6B and 7A, insulate the Mass Wall with minimum R-5 insulation and the cavity in Stud Walls, Cripple Walls and Bands with minimum R-11 insulation.

2. For conditioned basements in Climate Zone 8, insulate the Mass Wall with minimum R-6 insulation and the cavity in Stud Walls, Cripple Walls and Bands with minimum R-11 insulation.

When using Exceptions 1 or 2, the basement is "Deemed to Comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code; if the rest of the dwelling complies by any method in Chapters 5 or 6 or by another approved compliance method, the whole dwelling is "Deemed to Comply."

Note 1: IECC defines a 'basement wall' as 'the opaque portion of a wall which encloses one side of a basement and having an average below-grade area greater than or equal to 50 percent of its total wall area, including openings.'

Note 2: 'Basement' is defined in the Georgia Amendments to the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code), revised January 1, 2002.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section 502.2.3.6 'Basement walls,' add superscript '1' to title and add exceptions and notes.

502.2.3.6 Basement walls1. The exterior walls of conditioned basements2 shall have a thermal transmittance value not exceeding the valve given in Table 502.2 from the top of the basement wall to a depth of 10 feet (3048 mm) below grade, or to the level of the basement floor, whichever is less. The U-factor of the wall shall be determined by selecting the U-factor for the wall section from Appendix A Table 502.2.3.6 or Appendix B Tables 502.2.3.1(1a) or 502.2.3.1(1b).

Exceptions:

1. For conditioned basements in Climate Zones 4B, 5A, 6B and 7A, insulate the Mass Wall with minimum R-5 insulation and the cavity in Stud Walls, Cripple Walls and Bands with minimum R-11 insulation. When using this Exception, include all openings and exclude any opaque area of the walls in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

2. For conditioned basements in Climate Zone 8, insulate the Mass Wall with minimum R-6 insulation and the cavity in Stud Walls, Cripple Walls and Bands with minimum R-11 insulation. When using this Exception, include all openings and exclude any opaque area of the walls in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

When using Exceptions 1 or 2, the basement is "Deemed to Comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code; if the rest of the dwelling complies by any method in Chapters 5 or 6 or by another approved compliance method, the whole dwelling is "Deemed to Comply."

Note 1: IECC defines a 'basement wall' as 'the opaque portion of a wall which encloses one side of a basement and having an average below-grade area greater than or equal to 50 percent of its total wall area, including openings.'

Note 2: 'Basement' is defined in the Georgia Amendments to the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code), revised January 1, 2002.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Add new Table 502.2.3.6 'Conditioned Walls in Basements.'

See page 7.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section 502.2.4 'Compliance by prescriptive specification on an individual component basis.'

Section 502.2.4 Compliance by prescriptive specification on an individual component basis. For buildings with a window area less than or equal to 15 percent, 18 percent, 25 percent, or 30 percent (Type A-1 residential buildings) or 22 percent or 25 percent (Type A-2 residential buildings) of the gross exterior wall area, the thermal resistance of insulation applied to the opaque building envelope components shall be greater than or equal to the minimum R-values, and the thermal transmittance of all fenestration assemblies shall be less than or equal to the maximum U-factors shown in Tables 502.2.4(1), 502.2.4(2), 502.2.4(3), 502.2.4(4), 502.2.4(5), 502.2.4(6), or 502.2(7), as applicable. Sections 502.2.4.1 through 502.2.4.12 and 502.2.4.15 through 502.2.4.17 shall apply to the use of these tables.

Note: Percent refers to the Percent of Opening to be determined by dividing the total openings (including conditioned basement openings) by the Gross Wall Area. For these tables the Gross Wall Area is the normal projection of all exterior walls above grade enclosing conditioned space, including all windows and doors therein. When using these tables, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings. Percent of Openings = 100 x (Openings in Floors Above Grade + Openings in Basement) / (Gross Wall Area Above Grade + Openings in Basement).

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 9

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Revise Chapter 9 'Reference Standards' to update NFRC Standard Reference Numbers.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

NFRC

National Fenestration Rating Council, Inc. Suite 120 1300 Spring Street Park

  
  

Silver Spring, MD 20910

  

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

100-97, -01

Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product U-Factors

102.5.2, 601.3.2, 601.3.2.1

200-97, -01

Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Solar Heat Gain Coefficients and Visible Transmittance at Normal Incidence

102.5.2, 601.3.2, 601.3.2.1

GA STATE SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS

*Revise Table 502.2.1 of Appendix B of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments revised January 1, 2003 to add Note 1 and renumber notes.

See page 7.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Table 502.2.3.1(1a) 'Wall R-values* 2 x 4 Wood Studs 16" OC (Insulation plus sheathing)' of Appendix B of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments revised January 1, 2003.

See page 8.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete Tables 502.2.4(1-9) and Tables 502.2.4(1-5) and 602.1 of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments revised January 1, 2003 and substitute with new Tables 502.2.4(1-7) and 602.1.

See pages 9-12.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Table 701 'Minimum Thermal Component Requirements' of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments revised January 1, 2003.

See page 13.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Delete Single Step Residential Energy Code Compliance Tables of Appendix B of the Georgia Supplements and Amendments revised January 1, 2003 and substitute.

See pages 14-28.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments

TABLE 502.2.1

SUMMARY OF MINIMUM INSULATION VALUES

MAXIMUM U-FACTOR FOR ENVELOPE COMPONENTS

ELEMENT1

MODE

TYPE A-1 & A-2 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

R-value

Walls Stud

Heating or cooling

R-11

Walls Masonry/CMU2

Heating or cooling

R-5

Attic Knee Walls3

Heating or cooling

R-19

Roof/ceiling

Heating or cooling

R-19

Floor over unheated spaces

Heating or cooling

R-11

Windows4

Heating or cooling

U-0.65 with max. SHGC 0.40

Note 1: Weather-stripped access doors (minimum U-0.35), weather-stripped hatches/scuttle hole covers (minimum R-19 insulation or U-0.05), or weather-stripped disappearing/pull-down stairs (minimum U-0.35) shall be deemed to meet the minimum insulation R-values of any Element.

Note 2: Any Mass wall above or below grade.

Note 3: Attic Knee wall for purpose of Georgia Energy Code is defined as any vertical or near vertical wall in the building envelope that has conditioned space on one side and attic space on the other side.

Exception: When the attic space formed by the Attic Knee Wall, the ceiling of the floor below and the sloped roof is not vented and the sloped roof is insulated (the insulated roof is the building envelope).

Note 4: Maximum window U-factor shall be 0.65 and maximum SHGC shall be 0.40. These window requirements were implemented on January 1, 2004.

TABLE 502.2.3.6

CONDITIONED WALLS IN BASEMENTS

REQUIRED INSULATION R-VALUE FOR COMBINATION BASEMENT MASS WALLS AND STUD WALLS

CLIMATE ZONE FROM FIGURE 302.1(11)

Mass Wall

Stud Wall

Bands

4B

R-5

R-11

R-11

5A

R-5

R-11

R-11

6B

R-5

R-11

R-11

7A

R-5

R-11

R-11

8

R-6

R-11

R-11

Note: Include all openings and exclude any opaque area of the walls in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings when using this Table.

TABLE 502.2.3.1(1A)

WALL R-VALUES 2 X 4 WOOD STUDS 16'' OC (INSULATION PLUS SHEATHING)

R-11

R-12

R-13

R-14

R-15

R-16

R-17

R-18

Attic Knee Wall

R-19

R-20

R-11 Batts & Plywood/OSB (R-10.91)

(U-0.0916)

R-11 Batts & Fiberboard

(R-11.68)

(U-0.0859)

R-11 Batts & R-2 Foam

(R-12.42)

(U-0.0805)

R-11 Batts & R-3 Foam

(R-13.50)

(U-0.0741)

R-11 Batts & R-4 Foam

(R-14.56)

(U-0.0686)

R-11 Batts & R-5 Foam

(R-15.62)

(U-0.0640)

R-11 Batts & R-6 Foam

(R-16.66)

(U-0.060)

R-11 Batts & R-7 Foam

(R-17.70)

(U-0.0565)

2x6 wall

R-19 Batts

(R-15.42)

(U-0.0648)

R-11 Batts & R-8 Foam

(R-18.73)

(U-0.0534)

R-11 Batts & R-9 Foam

(R-19.77)

(U-0.0506)

R-11 Batts & Gypsum 2 sides (Garage)

(R-10.61)

(U-0.0942)

R-11 Batts & Plywood/OSB Fiberboard

(R-12.36)

(U-0.0809)

R-13 Batts & Gypsum on Two Sides

(Garages)

(R-11.52)

(U-0.0868)

R-13 Batts & Fiberboard

(R-12.64)

(U-0.0791)

R-13 Batts & R-2 Foam

(R-13.42)

(U-0.0745)

R-13 Batts & R-3 Foam

(R-14.53)

(U-0.0688)

R-13 Batts & R-4 Foam

(R-15.63)

(U-0.0640)

R-13 Batts & R-5 Foam

(R-16.71)

(U-0.0598)

2x4 wall

R-19 Batts

(R-13.08)

(U-0.0764)

R-13 Batts & R-6 Foam

(R-17.79)

(U-0.0562)

R-13 Batts & R-7 Foam

(R-18.85) (U-0.0530)

R-11 Batts & Plywood/OSB Unfinished Basement wall

(R-10.41)

(U-0.0960)

 

R-13 Batts & Plywood/OSB

(R-11.83)

(U-0.0846)

R-13 Plywood/OSB Fiberboard (R-13.35)

(U-0.0749)

R-15 Batts & Plywood/OSB (R-12.66)

(U-0.0790)

R-15 Batts & Fiberboard

(R-13.51)

(U-0.0740)

R-15 Batts & R-2 Foam

(R-14.32)

(U-0.0698)

R-15 Batts & R-3 Foam

(R-15.48)

(U-0.0646)

2x4 wall

R-13 Batts & R-6 Foam

(R-17.68)

(U-0.0565)

R-15 Batts & R-4 Foam

(R-16.62)

(U-0.0602)

R-15 Batts & R-5 Foam

(R-17.73) (U-0.0564)

   

R-13 Batts & Plywood/OSB Unfinished Basement wall

(R-11.3)

(U-0.0884)

 

R-15 Batts & Gypsum on Two Sides

(Garages)

(R-12.32)

(U-0.0811)

R-13 Batts R-0.62 OSB

R-3 Foam

(R-15.22)

(U-0.0657)

R-13 Batts

R-0.62 OSB

R-4 Foam

(R-16.3)

(U-0.0613)

R-13

R-0.62 OSB

R-5 Foam

(R-17.38)

(U-0.0575)

2x4 wall

R-15 Batts & R-4 Foam

(R-16.50)

(U-0.0606)

R-19 Batts & Plywood/OSB

(R-15.84)

(U-0.0631)

R-19 Batts & Fiberboard

(R-16.65)

(U-0.0601)

               

2x6 wall

R-15 Batts & R-4 Foam

(R-17.94)

(U-0.0557)

R-19 Batts & OSB Unfinished Basement wall

(R-15.75)

(U-0.0635)

 
                 

R-19 Batts & Gypsum on Two Sides

(Garages)

(R-15.53)

(U-0.0644)

 

Wall R-values shown in this chart are for the insulated (opaque) wall areas based on 25% framing factor (bands uninsulated); does not include any openings (windows and doors). Per FTC Regulation 16 CFR 460, the R-value of the insulation shall not be more than 10% below the R-value shown in a label, fact sheet, ad, or other promotional material for that insulation. R-values shown in labels, fact sheets, ads, or other promotional materials shall be rounded to the nearest tenth. However, R-values of 10 or more may be rounded to the nearest whole number. Therefore, an R-2 Foam shall be an aged/stabilized R-1.8 or higher, an R-3 Foam shall be an aged/stabilized R-2.7 or higher, an R-4 Foam shall be an aged/stabilized R-3.6 or higher and etc. For full details on LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF HOME INSULATION see: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr460_03.html .

TABLE 502.2.4(1)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-1 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 15 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value 2,3

Exterior Wall

R-value4

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value5

Slab perimeter

R-value6

Crawl space wall R-value

4B

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A-1

0.65

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

7A-2

0.60

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8

0.60

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

8

0.55

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: Where ceiling is R-38 and up to 25% R-19 insulation, may use R-30 on 100% of ceiling area.

Note 4: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 6: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 502.2.4(2)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-1 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 18 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value 2,3

Exterior Wall

R-value4

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value5

Slab perimeter

R-value6

Crawl space wall R-value

4B-1

0.60

0.4

R-30

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

4B-2

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A-1

0.60

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

5A-2

0.55

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B-1

0.60

0.4

R-30

R-15

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-2

0.55

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A-1

0.55

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

7A-2

0.51

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

7A-3

0.50

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8-1

0.50

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

8-2

0.47

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

8-3

0.45

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: Where ceiling is R-38 and up to 25% R-19 insulation, may use R-30 on 100% of ceiling area.

Note 4: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 6: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 502.2.4(3)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-1 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 18 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

R-13 WALL WITH PLYWOOD/OSB SHEATHING AND R-30 CEILING

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value 2

Exterior Wall

R-value3

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value4

Slab perimeter

R-value5

Crawl space wall R-value

4B-13 Wall

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A-13 Wall

0.62

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B-13 Wall

0.58

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A-13 Wall

0.48

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8-13 Wall

0.43

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 4: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 5: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 502.2.4(4)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-1 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 25 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value 2,3

Exterior Wall

R-value4

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value5

Slab perimeter

R-value6

Crawl space wall R-value

4B-1

0.55

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-5

4B-2

0.50

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-5

4B-3

0.45

0.4

R-30

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A-1

0.49

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

5A-2

0.45

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

5A-3

0.40

0.4

R-30

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-1

0.45

0.4

R-30

R-15

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-2

0.43

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-3

0.40

0.4

R-30

R-11

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A-1

0.39

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

7A-2

0.37

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8-1

0.35

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

8-2

0.36

0.4

R-30

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: Where ceiling is R-38 and up to 25% R-19 insulation, may use R-30 on 100% of ceiling area.

Note 4: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 6: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 502.2.4(5)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-1 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 30 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value 2,3

Exterior Wall

R-value4

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value5

Slab perimeter

R-value6

Crawl space wall R-value

4B-1

0.50

0.4

R-30

R-19

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-5

4B-2

0.45

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A-1

0.45

0.4

R-30

R-19

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

5A-2

0.40

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B-1

0.43

0.4

R-30

R-19

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-2

0.40

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

6B-3

0.04

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A

0.35

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8

0.34

0.4

R-387

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: Where ceiling is R-38 and up to 25% R-19 insulation, may use R-30 on 100% of ceiling area.

Note 4: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 6: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

Note 7: 100% of the ceiling shall be minimum R-38.

TABLE 502.2.4(6)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-2 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 22 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value

Exterior Wall

R-value3

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value4

Slab perimeter

R-value5

Crawl space wall R-value

4B-5A

0.65

0.4

R-19

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

6B-8

0.65

0.4

R-302

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 4: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 5: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 502.2.4(7)

PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS, TYPE A-2 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

WINDOW AREA 25 PERCENT OF GROSS EXTERIOR WALL AREA

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value2

Exterior Wall

R-value3

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value4

Slab perimeter

R-value5

Crawl space wall R-value

4B

0.65

0.4

R-19

R-11

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A

0.65

0.4

R-19

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B

0.60

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A

0.58

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8

0.58

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 2: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 3: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 4: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 5: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 602.1

SIMPLIFIED PRESCRIPTIVE BUILDING ENVELOPE THERMAL COMPONENT CRITERIA

MINIMUM REQUIRED THERMAL PERFORMANCE (U-FACTOR AND R-VALUE)1

 

Maximum

Minimum

CLIMATE ZONE

[FIGURE 302.1(11)]

Glazing U-factor1

SHGC1

Ceiling

R-value3,4

Exterior Wall

R-value5

Floor

R-value

Basement Wall

R-value6

Slab perimeter

R-value7

Crawl space wall R-value

4B

0.65

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-11

R-5

R-0

R-5

5A

0.60

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-13

R-5

R-0

R-6

6B

0.55

0.4

R-30

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-7

7A-1

0.55

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

7A-2

0.50

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-5

R-0

R-8

8-1

0.50

0.4

R-38

R-16

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

8-1

0.45

0.4

R-38

R-13

R-19

R-6

R-0

R-10

Note 1: Maximum 18% fenestration area.

Note 2: Up to 5% of the fenestration may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Up to 25% of ceiling area may be R-19 for sloped ceilings & under HVAC.

Note 4: Where ceiling is R-38 and up to 25% R-19 insulation, may use R-30 on 100% of ceiling area.

Note 5: When the Exterior Wall R-value is cavity insulation and continuous insulated sheathing, 40% of the gross wall area may be plywood/OSB (for corner bracing/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 6: Insulate the Mass wall with listed R-value and Stud wall and Bands with Min R-11. When using this table, include openings in the basement and exclude the opaque wall area in the basement when calculating Percent of Openings.

Note 7: Foam plastic shall not be installed on the exterior of below grade foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. See Paragraph 502.2.1.4.

TABLE 701

MINIMUM THERMAL COMPONENT REQUIREMENTS

Element

Type Nonresidential & Residential Conditioned

Minimum R-value of Insulation

Maximum U-factor SHGC

Roof

Metal Buildings1

R-19 with Thermal Block

0.065

Insulation Entirely above Deck except Metal Buildings

R-15

0.063

Attic and Other2

R-30

0.034

Walls above Grade

Metal Building

R-13

0.113

Cavity Walls3

R-13

N/A

Mass Walls4

Per ASHRAE 90.1

Glazed Fenestration

Any

N/A

U-0.65 / SHGC 0.60

Note 1: Metal buildings with purlins 5' on center and 1" x 3" thermal block.

Note 2: See appropriate ANSI/ASHRAE/IESN 90.1-2001 Tables B-5, B-6, B-8, B-9 or B-11 and Tables A-1, A-2, A-3 or A-4 for Attic and other Building Roof Minimum Thermal Requirements.

Note 3: Steel Framed or Wood Framed and Other Walls. See ANSI/ASHRAE/IESN 90.1-2001 Tables B-5, B-6, B-8, B-9 or B-11.

Note 4: Masonry, concrete, CMU, or other solid walls with a minimum weight of 30 pounds per square foot. See ANSI/ASHRAE/IESN 90.1-2001, Page 13, Definitions, Mass Wall.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 4B - South Georgia - Option 4B-2-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

1. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

2. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

3. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

4. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

5. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

6. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

7. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.65

-Windows2

0.65

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-11

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors)/(opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 4B - South Georgia - Option 4B-3-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

8. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

9. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

10. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

11. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

12. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 25.0 percent of the gross wall area.

13. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

14. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

25.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.50

-Windows2

0.50

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-13

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 5A - South Central Georgia - Option 5A-2-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

15. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

16. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

17. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 5A or 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

18. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

19. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

20. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

21. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.62

-Windows2

0.62

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-13

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 5A - South Central Georgia - Option 5A-3-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

22. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

23. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

24. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 5A or 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

25. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

26. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 25.0 percent of the gross wall area.

27. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

28. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

25.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.45

-Windows2

0.45

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insula tion3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-13

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 6B - Central Georgia - Option 6B-3-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

29. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

30. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

31. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 6B, 5A or 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

32. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

33. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

34. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

35. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.55

-Windows2

0.55

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 6B - Central Georgia - Option 6B-4-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

36. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

37. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

38. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 4B, 5A or 4B, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

39. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

40. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 25.0 percent of the gross wall area.

41. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

42. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

25.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.43

-Windows2Max. U-factor

0.43

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-4-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

43. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

44 Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

45. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B, 5A or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

46. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

47. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

48. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

49. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed: Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ____________

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.50

-Windows2

0.55

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-38

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

R-3

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area. Also complies if 100% of ceiling is R-30.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-16 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-7-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

50. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

51. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

52. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B, 5A, or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

53. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

54. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

55. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

56. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.50

-Windows2

0.51

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

R-3

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-16 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-8-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

57. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

58. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

59. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B, 5A, or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

60. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

61. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

62. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

63. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed: Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.50

-Windows2

0.50

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-38

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing4

OSB/Plywood/FibBd

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-7-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

64. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

65. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

66. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B, 5A, or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

67. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

68. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 25.0 percent of the gross wall area.

69. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

70. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) _____________

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

25.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.40

-Windows2

0.37 Max.

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Attic Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood/FibBd

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area. May also insulate 100% with R-30.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. Up to 40% of the gross wall area can be gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Greater Atlanta Area - Option 7A-OSB-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

71. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

72. Your building is three stories or less in height and above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

73. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B, 5A, or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

74. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

75. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

76. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

77. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

78. Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.55

-Windows2

0.55

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-38

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

R-3

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulatio n5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-16 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 7A - Metro Atlanta - Option 7A-OSB-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

79. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

80. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

81. Your building site shall be located in Climate Zone 7A, 6B,5A or 4B as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

82. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

83. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

84. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

85. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.48

-Windows2

0.48

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-5

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 8 - North Georgia - Option 8-3-2005-25%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

86. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

87. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

88. Your building site may be located in any Climate Zone, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

89. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

90. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 25.0 percent of the gross wall area.

91. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

92. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

25.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Windows2

0.35

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-38

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-6

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area. Also complies if 100% of ceiling is R-30.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 8 - North Georgia - Option 8-4-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

93. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

94. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

95. Your building site may be located in any Climate Zone, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

96. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

97. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

98. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

99. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.47

-Windows2

0.47

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

R- 3

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-6

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-16 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.

"Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance

Climate Zone 8 - North Georgia - Option 8-OSB-2005-18%

You are "deemed to comply" with the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings if your residential structure meets the following conditions:

100. Your building shall be a one or two family detached dwelling built using wood framing.

101. Your building is three stories or less in height and the above grade conditioned floor area is not larger than 5,000 sq. ft.

102. Your building site may be located in any Climate Zone, as shown in the IECC 2000 Figure 302.1(11).

103. You shall not make any substitutions of any kind for R-values/U-factors listed below in conditioned space.

104. Your window and door openings shall not exceed 18.0 percent of the gross wall area.

105. You shall comply with code requirements for envelope air sealing including all air tight, I. C. rated light fixtures in ceilings with attics and seal all ductwork with mastic.

106. Equipment minimum efficiencies shall be observed:

Gas furnace: AFUE min 78%; A/C or Heat pump: SEER 10.0; Heat pump: HSPF 6.8; other (explain) ______

-% Openings in gross area of exterior wall1

18.0% Max.

-Solid Doors Max. U-factor2

0.35

-Glazed Doors Max. U-factor2

0.43

-Windows2

0.43

-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

0.40 Max.

-Ceiling insulation3

R-30

-Wall cavity insulation4

R-13

-Knee Wall cavity insulation

R-19

-Wall Sheathing 4

OSB/Plywood

-Floor Insulation (over unconditioned space)

R-19

-Basement Mass Wall insulation Min.

R-6

-Basement Stud Wall & Bands cavity insulation5

R-11

-Slab Perimeter Insulation 6

R-0

All R-values shall be printed on the actual insulation and be stabilized (aged) R-values.

All Windows shall have labels listing U-factor, SHGC, and Key Features.

Foam Plastics shall not be installed below grade on exterior side of foundation walls or below grade on slab foundations. These R-values may result in some degree of "over-design". However, this method will apply to a majority of one and two family residences built in Georgia. If you must change one or more of the R-values/U-factors listed to a lower R-value or higher U-factor, then do not use this method. No substitutions are allowed here.

Instead, you may use one of the other methods to show compliance, such as The Trade-off Worksheet or the free REScheck software (available at www.energycodes.gov). You may also use one of the Chapter 4, 5, or 6 approaches of the 2000 IECC with Georgia modifications.

At the time a permit is requested, you shall show how you plan to meet the Georgia Energy Code. When using the "Single-Step" Residential Energy Code Compliance method, you may not be required to turn in additional paperwork to obtain a building permit, except calculation on Percent of Openings (Take-off Worksheet may be used to calculate % Openings).

________________________________________________________________________

Note 1: "% Openings" is defined by the total area of the openings of windows and doors divided by the total gross area of the exterior wall. % Openings = 100 x (windows + doors) / (opaque walls + windows + doors - basement opaque walls).

Note 2: One Door or up to 5% of the opening area (whichever is greater area) may be exempt from meeting the window/door U-factor and SHGC requirements to allow for decorative glazing.

Note 3: Sloped ceilings, such as cathedral & tray ceilings, which require batt insulation, and space under HVAC equipment may be insulated with R-19 batts, provided the R-19 portion does not exceed 25% of the total ceiling area.

Note 4: Any combination of Cavity Insulation + Sheathing R-value that = R-13 or greater is permitted. 40% of the gross wall area and all basement walls, may be Plywood/OSB (for corner/structural requirements) or gypsum fastened direct to the garage wall studs.

Note 5: Unfinished conditioned basements require unfaced insulation, Class 1 facer (0-25 Flame Spread) or other approved insulation.

Note 6: Unheated slabs.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD GAS CODE

(INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE)

The STANDARD GAS CODE (International Fuel Gas Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2001, 2002 and 2003, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) shall apply to the installation of fuel gas piping systems, fuel gas utilization equipment and related accessories as follows:

1. Coverage of piping systems shall extend from the point of delivery to the connections with gas utilization equipment (See definition of 'Point of Delivery').

2. a. Systems with an operating pressure of 125 psig (862 kPa gauge) or less.

b. Piping systems for gas-air mixtures within the flammable range with an operating pressure of 10 psig (69 kPa gauge).

c. LP-Gas piping systems with an operating pressure of 20 psig (140 kPa gauge) or less.

3. Piping systems requirements shall include design, materials, components, fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, inspection, operation and maintenance.

4. Requirements for gas utilization equipment and related accessories shall include installation, combustion, ventilation air and venting.

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) shall not apply to the following:

1. Portable LP-Gas equipment of all types that are not connected to a fixed fuel piping system.

2. Installation of farm equipment such as brooders, dehydrators, dryers and irrigation equipment.

3. Raw material (feedstock) applications except for piping to special atmosphere generators.

4. Oxygen-fuel gas cutting and welding systems.

5. Industrial gas applications using gases such as acetylene and acetylene compounds, hydrogen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, oxygen and nitrogen.

6. Petroleum refineries, pipeline compressor or pumping stations, loading terminals, compounding plants, refinery tank farms and natural gas processing plants.

7. Integrated chemical plants or portions of such plants where flammable or combustible liquids or gases are produced by chemical reactions or used in chemical reactions.

8. LP-Gas installations at utility gas plants.

9. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) installations.

10. Fuel gas piping in power and atomic energy plants.

11. Proprietary items of equipment, apparatus or instruments such as gas generating sets, compressors and calorimeters.

12. LP-Gas equipment for vaporization, gas mixing and gas manufacturing.

13. Temporary LP-Gas piping for buildings under construction or renovation that is not to become part of the permanent piping system.

14. Installation of LP-Gas systems for railroad switch heating.

15. Installation of LP-Gas and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) systems on vehicles.

16. Except as provided in Section 401.1.1, gas piping meters, gas pressure regulators and other appurtenances used by the serving gas supplier in the distribution of gas, other than undiluted LP-gas.

17. Building design and construction, except as specified herein.

The requirements for the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems operating with fuels other than fuel gas shall be regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (International Mechanical Code).

The State's minimum requirements for natural gas systems shall be established by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code). For areas not specifically addressed by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code)which are addressed by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code), the Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code (International Fuel Gas Code) shall be used as a supplement.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERs aND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 305 (IFGC)

INSTALLATION

*Delete existing Exception #1 of Section 305.2 'Elevation of ignition source' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2001 and substitute.

305.2 Elevation of ignition source.

Exception #1:

Elevation of the ignition source is not required for appliances that are listed and labeled as flammable vapor resistant and for installation without elevation.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Add new Section 310 'Bonding' with Sub-Section 310.1 'Gas pipe bonding.'

SECTION 310

BONDING

310.1 Gas pipe bonding.

Each above-ground portion of a gas piping system that is likely to become energized shall be electrically continuous and bonded to an effective ground-fault current path. Gas piping shall be considered to be bonded where it is connected to gas utilization equipment that is connected to the equipment grounding conductor or the circuit supplying that equipment.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE For ONE- AND TWO- FAMILY DWELLINGS)

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2002, 2003 and 2004, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

Plumbing (Chapters 25 through 32) is deleted from the CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings) according to Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1, Part 2 of the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (O.C.G.A.). Substitute for plumbing requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code).

Electrical (Chapters 33 through 42) is deleted from the CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings). Substitute for electrical requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for heating and air conditioning equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the GeorgiaState Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code(International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 3

BUILDING PLANNING

SECTION R309

GARAGES AND CARPORTS

*Revise Section R309.2 'Separation required' to add exception.

R309.2 Separation required.

Exception #2:

A disappearing/pull-down stairway with minimum 3/8-inch (9.53 mm) (nominal) fire-retardant-treated structural panel is deemed to meet the 20-minute thermal barrier test based on ASTM E 119, Standard Test Method for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, or deemed to have the fire resistance of or equivalent to ½-inch (12.7 mm) gypsum wall board.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

SECTION R323

PROTECTION AGAINST DECAY

*Revise Section R323.3 'Fasteners.'

R323.3 Fasteners. Fasteners for naturally durable and preservative-treated wood shall be resistant to corrosion or be protected to resist corrosion. Where sacrificial coatings are applied to fasteners, a minimum coating thickness capable of protecting the fastener for the expected service life of the structure shall be provided. Fasteners for pressure preservative and fire-retardant-treated wood shall be of hot-dipped zinc-coated galvanized steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze or copper. The coating weights for zinc-coated fasteners shall be in accordance with ASTM A 153M or ASTM A 641M, Supplemental Requirements. Fastenings for permanent wood foundations shall be as required in AF&PA Technical Report No. 7.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 4

FOUNDATIONS

SECTION R404

FOUNDATION WALLS

*Revise Section R404.2.6 'Fastening.'

R404.2.6 Fastening. Wood structural panel foundation wall sheathing shall be attached to framing in accordance with Table R602.3(1) and Sections R402.1.1 and R323.3.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section R404.3 'Wood sill plates.'

R404.3 Wood sill plates. Wood sill plates shall be a minimum of 2-inch by 4-inch (51 mm by 102 mm) nominal lumber. Sill plate anchorage shall be in accordance with Sections R403.1.6, R602.11 and R323.3.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

CHAPTER 6

WALL CONSTRUCTION

SECTION R602

WOOD WALL FRAMING

*Revise Footnote a of Table R602.3(1) 'Fastener Schedule For Structural Members.'

R602.3(1) Fastener Schedule For Structural Members.

Footnote a:

All nails are smooth-common, box or deformed shanks except where otherwise stated or as required to be hot-dipped zinc-coated galvanized steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze or copper in accordance with Section R323.3. Nails used for framing and sheathing connections shall have minimum average bending yield strengths as shown: 80 ksi (551 MPa) for shank diameter of 0.192 inch (20d common nail), 90 ksi (620 MPa) for shank diameters larger than 0.142 inch but not larger than 0.177 inch, and 100 ksi (689 MPa) for shank diameters of 0.142 inch or less.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

*Revise Section R602.10.5 'Continuous structural panel sheathing' to add exception.

R602.10.5 Continuous structural panel sheathing.

Exception:

Vertical wall segments, in the first story of one- or two-story buildings, next to garage openings shall be permitted to have a 6:1 height-to-width ratio (with height being measured from top of header to sill plate) when constructed in accordance with the following provisions. Each panel shall have a length of not less than 15 inches (381 mm) and a height of not more than 10 feet (3048 mm). Each panel shall be sheathed on one face with a single layer of 3/8-inch (9.53 mm) minimum thickness wood structural panel sheathing nailed with 8d common or galvanized box nails in accordance with Figure R602.10.5. The wood structural panel sheathing shall extend up over the solid sawn or glued laminated header and shall be nailed in accordance with Figure R602.10.5. The header shall extend between the inside faces of the first full-length outer studs of each panel. The clear span of the header between the inner studs of each panel shall be not less than six feet (1829 mm) and not more than 18 feet (5486 mm) in length. A strap with an uplift capacity of not less than 1000 pounds (454 kg) shall fasten the header to the side of the inner studs opposite the sheathing. Two anchor bolts shall be installed in accordance with Section R403.1.6, and plate washers shall be a minimum of 2 inches by 2 inches by 3/16 inches (51 mm by 51 mm by 4.77 mm) thick and shall be used on each bolt. This exception is only permitted in Seismic Design Categories A-C.

(Effective January 1, 2005)

End of Amendments

Rule 110-11-1-.15 Adoption of the 2005 National Electrical Code with Georgia Amendments, Georgia Amendments to the 2000 CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 2000 Standard Building Code, 2000 Standard Plumbing Code, and the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code, effective January 1, 2006


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE)

The STANDARD BUILDING CODE (International Building Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (International Building Code) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings).

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

CHAPTER 4

SPECIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USE AND OCCUPANCY

SECTION 403

HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS

*Revise Exception #7 of Section 403.9.1 of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2005 to read as follows:

403.9.1

Exception #7:

In buildings protected with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903, lobbies are not required where a listed elevator door opening protective device, in compliance with Section 1001.1 (GA Amendments), is provided at the hoistway opening other than at the designated primary and alternate floors of elevator return.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 707

SHAFT AND VERTICAL EXIT ENCLOSURES

*Revise Exception #9 of Section 707.14.1 'Elevator lobby' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2005 to read as follows:

707.14.1 Elevator lobby.

Exception #9:

Lobbies are not required where a listed elevator door opening protective device, in compliance with Section 1001.1 (GA Amendments), is provided at the hoistway opening other than at the designated primary and alternate floors of elevator return.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

CHAPTER 15

ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP STRUCTURES

SECTION 1504

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

*Renumber Section 1504.5 'Physical properties' as 1504.6, renumber Section 1504.6 'Impact resistance' as 1504.7, and add new Section 1504.5 'Edge securement for low-slope roofs' as follows:

1504.5 Edge securement for low-slope roofs. Low-slope membrane roof systems metal edge securement, except gutters, installed in accordance with Section 1507, shall be designed in accordance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1, except the basic wind speed shall be determined from Figure 1609.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

End of Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE

ENERGY CODE FOR BUILDINGS

(INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE)

The GEORGIA STATE ENERGY CODE FOR BUILDINGS (International Energy Conservation Code), 2000 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Supplements and Amendments and the Georgia Supplements and Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2003 and 2005, shall constitute the official Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

SCOPE:

Each chapter of these Georgia Supplements and Amendments corresponds with a chapter of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Chapter 1: Administration and Enforcement.

Chapter 2: Definitions.

Chapter 3: Design Conditions. 'The criteria of this chapter establish the design conditions for use with Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8.'

Chapter 4: Residential Building Design by Systems Analysis and Design of Buildings Utilizing Renewable Energy Sources. 'This chapter establishes design criteria in terms of total energy use by a residential building, including all of its systems.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 5: Residential Building Design by Component1 Performance Approach. 'Residential buildings or portions thereof that enclose conditioned space shall be constructed to meet the requirements of this chapter.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)This chapter offers the use of 'trade-offs,' whereby values between building components may be substituted or traded-off for compliance. A properly completed Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet2 or the use of appropriate computer software (REScheck3) may be used to validate any trade-off.

Chapter 6: Simplified Prescriptive Requirements for Residential Buildings, Type A-1 and A-2. 'This chapter sets forth energy-efficiency-related requirements for the design and construction of Type A-1 and A-2 residential buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 7: Building Design for All Commercial Buildings. Commercial buildings [except those that comply with Chapter 8, Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings; the Single Step Compliance for Simple Commercial Buildings; or appropriate computer software (COMcheck3)] shall meet the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 8: Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings. 'The requirements contained in this chapter are applicable to commercial buildings, or portions of commercial buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 9: Referenced Standards.

Appendix A.

Appendix B. Provides additional prescriptive methods by which to achieve compliance, simple methods and forms to assist in compliance calculations, and illustrations to assist in the understanding of compliance requirements.

Individual structures should follow a single compliance method and not a combination of compliance methods. The 'basic requirements' of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) apply to all compliance methods.

Where these Georgia Supplements and Amendments conflict with either the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)or ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, these Georgia Supplements and Amendments shall take precedence.

Air infiltration accounts for substantial heat loss, heat gain and moisture migration in a building. Proper sealing around all doors, windows and other envelope penetrations through the walls, ceiling and foundation is as important to code compliance as are proper insulation R-values and component U-values.

It is not the intention of this code to abridge safety or health. Where the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia Supplements and Amendments conflict with other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia Supplements and Amendments shall be enforced as written provided safety, health or environmental requirements of other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes are not abridged.

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1999 and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001 with references to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

1. 'Component' refers to a particular element of a building, such as a ceiling, an exterior wall, a floor, etc.

2. For the 'Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet,' see Appendix B.

3. REScheck and COMcheck are computer programs developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy to assist in demonstration of compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). They can be obtained from the D.O.E. by calling (800) 270-CODE (2633) or free of charge online atwww.energycodes.gov .

CHAPTER 7

BUILDING DESIGN FOR ALL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

SECTION 701

SCOPE

*Add new Table A2.3 'Assembly U-Factors for Metal Building Roofs' from ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004.

See page 5.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

CHAPTER 8

DESIGN BY ACCEPTABLE PRACTICE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

SECTION 805

LIGHTING SYSTEMS

*Delete Table 805.4.2 'Interior Lighting Power' and substitute.

See page 6.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

*Revise Section 805.4.2.1 'Entire building method' to add as follows:

805.4.2.1 Entire building method. Under this approach, the interior lighting power (Watts) is the value from Table 805.4.2 for the building type times the conditioned floor area of the entire building. The interior lighting power (Watts) shall not be increased by the allowances contained in the footnotes of Table 805.4.2 when using the entire building method.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

CHAPTER 9

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Add new Figure 9-3 'Metal Roof U-Factors with Fiberglass Insulation Installed Over the Purlins1.'

See page 7.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

GENERAL

*Replace 'ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001' with 'ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004' throughout.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

TABLE A2.3

ASSEMBLY U-FACTORS FOR METAL BUILDING ROOFS

Insulation System

Rated R-Value of Insulation

Total Rated R-Value of Insulation

Overall U-Factor for Entire Base Roof Assembly

Overall U-Factor for Assembly of Base Roof

Plus Continuous Insulation

(Uninterrupted by Framing)

Rated R-Value of Continuous Insulation

R-5.6

R-11.2

R-16.8

R-22.4

R-28

R-33.6

Standing Seam Roofs with Thermal Blocks

Single Layer

Double Layer

None

R-6

R-10

R-11

R-13

R-16

R-19

R-10+R-10

R-10+R-11

R-11+R-11

R-10+R-13

R-11+R-13

R-13+R-13

R-10+R-19

R-11+R-19

R-13+R-19

R-16+R-19

R-19+R-19

0

6

10

11

13

16

19

20

21

22

23

24

26

29

30

32

35

38

1.280

0.167

0.097

0.092

0.083

0.072

0.065

0.063

0.061

0.060

0.058

0.057

0.055

0.052

0.051

0.049

0.047

0.046

0.162

0.086

0.063

0.061

0.057

0.051

0.048

0.047

0.045

0.045

0.044

0.043

0.042

0.040

0.040

0.038

0.037

0.037

0.087

0.058

0.046

0.045

0.043

0.040

0.038

0.037

0.036

0.036

0.035

0.035

0.034

0.033

0.032

0.032

0.031

0.030

0.059

0.044

0.037

0.036

0.035

0.033

0.031

0.031

0.030

0.030

0.029

0.029

0.029

0.028

0.027

0.027

0.026

0.026

0.045

0.035

0.031

0.030

0.029

0.028

0.026

0.026

0.026

0.026

0.025

0.025

0.025

0.024

0.024

0.023

0.023

0.023

0.036

0.029

0.026

0.026

0.025

0.024

0.023

0.023

0.023

0.022

0.022

0.022

0.022

0.021

0.021

0.021

0.020

0.020

0.030

0.025

0.023

0.022

0.022

0.021

0.020

0.020

0.020

0.020

0.020

0.020

0.019

0.019

0.019

0.019

0.018

0.018

(Multiple R-values are listed in order from inside to outside)

Screw Down Roofs

 

R-10

R-11

R-13

R-19

10

11

13

19

0.153

0.139

0.130

0.085

0.082

0.078

0.075

0.058

0.056

0.054

0.053

0.044

0.043

0.042

0.041

0.035

0.035

0.034

0.033

0.029

0.029

0.028

0.028

0.025

0.025

0.025

0.024

0.022

Filled Cavity with Thermal Blocks

 

R-19+R-10

29

0.041

0.033

0.028

0.024

0.021

0.0198

0.017

(Multiple R-values are listed in order from inside to outside)a

Based on purlins 5.0' O.C. For other purlin spacing use Figure 9-3 to calculate overall U-factor. A

TABLE 805.4.2

INTERIOR LIGHTING POWER

BUILDING OR AREA TYPE

ENTIRE BUILDING

(W/ft2)

TENANT AREA OR PORTION OF BUILDING

(W/ft2)

Auditorium

Not Applicable

1.8

Automotive facility

0.9

Not Applicable

Bank/financial institutiona

Not Applicable

1.5

Classroom/lecture hallb

Not Applicable

1.4

Convention, conference or meeting centera

1.2

1.3

Corridor, restroom, support area

Not Applicable

0.9

Courthouse/town hall

1.2

Not Applicable

Dininga

Not Applicable

0.9

Dormitory

1.0

Not Applicable

Exercise centera

1.0

0.9

Exhibition hall

Not Applicable

1.3

Grocery storec

1.5

1.6

Gymnasium playing surface

Not Applicable

1.4

Hotel functiona

1.0

1.3

Industrial work, 20-foot ceiling height

Not Applicable

1.2

Industrial work, 20-foot ceiling height

Not Applicable

1.7

Kitchen

Not Applicable

1.2

Librarya

1.3

1.7

Lobby-hotela

Not Applicable

1.1

Lobby-othera

Not Applicable

1.3

Mall, arcade or atrium

Not Applicable

0.6

Medical and clinical careb,d

1.2

1.2

Motel

1.0

Not Applicable

Multifamily

0.7

Not Applicable

Museumb

1.1

1.0

Officeb

1.0

1.1

Parking garage

0.3

Not Applicable

Penitentiary

1.0

Not Applicable

Police/fire station

1.0

Not Applicable

Post office

1.1

Not Applicable

Religious worshipa

1.3

2.4

Restauranta

1.6

0.9

Retail sales, wholesale showroomc

1.5

1.7

School

1.2

Not Applicable

Storage, industrial and commercial

0.8

0.8

Theaters-motion picture

1.2

1.2

Theaters-performancea

1.6

2.6

Transportation

1.0

Not Applicable

Other

0.6

1.0

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 Watt per square foot = W/0.0929 m2.

a. Where lighting equipment is specified to be installed for decorative appearances in addition to lighting equipment specified for general lighting and is switched or dimmed on circuits different from the circuits for general lighting, the smaller of the actual wattage of the decorative lighting equipment or 1.0 W/ft2 times the area of the space that the decorative lighting equipment is in shall be added to the interior lighting power determined in accordance with this line item.

b. Where lighting equipment is specified to be installed to meet requirements of visual display terminals as the primary viewing task, the smaller of the actual wattage of the lighting equipment or 0.35 W/ft2 times the area of the space that the lighting equipment is in shall be added to the interior lighting power determined in accordance with this line item.

c. Where lighting equipment is specified to be installed to highlight specific merchandise in addition to lighting equipment specified for general lighting and is switched or dimmed on circuits different from the circuits for general lighting, the smaller of the actual wattage of the lighting equipment installed specifically for merchandise, or 1.6 W/ft2 times the area of the specific display, or 3.9 W/ft2 times the actual case or shelf area for displaying and selling fine merchandise such as jewelry, fine apparel and accessories, or china and silver, shall be added to the interior lighting power determined in accordance with this line item.

d. Where lighting equipment is specified to be installed, the smaller of the actual wattage of the lighting equipment, or 1.0 W/ft2 times the area of the emergency, recovery, medical supply and pharmacy space shall be added to the interior lighting power determined in accordance with this line item.

Figure 9-3

Metal Roof U-Factors with R-19 Fiberglass Insulation Installed Over the Purlins1

Through-Fastened Metal Roof

Standing Seam Metal Roof2

Purlin Spacing3

U-Factor

Purlin Spacing3

U-Factor

2.0 ft

0.147

2.0 ft

0.112

2.5 ft

0.126

2.5 ft

0.096

3.0 ft

0.113

3.0 ft

0.086

3.5 ft

0.103

3.5 ft

0.079

4.0 ft

0.095

4.0 ft

0.073

4.5 ft

0.089

4.5 ft

0.068

5.0 ft

0.085

5.0 ft

0.065

Note 1: Through-fastened metal roof values are based on ORNL/MBMA November 2004 User Agreement Report,"Tests of Through-Fastened Metal Roof Assemblies." Standing seam metal roof values are based on ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004 for 5' purlin spacing and conservatively estimated for other spacing using the same relationship as through-fastened test data.

Note 2: Thermal block (1" x 3") is required between metal roof and purlins.

Note 3: For roofs with mixed spacing, calculate the average roof U-factor as shown below.

Example: Total roof is 8000 sq. ft. standing seam metal roof. 1600 sq. ft. (20%) is on purlins spaced at 2.5 ft. 6400 sq. ft. (80%) is on purlins spaced at 5 ft. Average Roof U-Factor = 0.20 x 0.096 + 0.80 x 0.065 = 0.071.

End of Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD PLUMBING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE)

The STANDARD PLUMBING CODE (International Plumbing Code), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of plumbing equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code)shall apply to the erection, installation, alteration, replacement, repairs, relocation, addition, use or maintenance of plumbing systems within the State of Georgia. The installation of fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired water heaters and water heater venting systems shall be regulated by NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code).

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

CHAPTER 7

SANITARY DRAINAGE

SECTION 708

CLEANOUTS

*Revise Section 708.3.2 'Building sewers' to add as follows:

708.3.2 Building sewers. Building sewers shall be provided with cleanouts located not more than 100 feet (30 480 mm) apart measured from the upstream entrance of the cleanout. An additional cleanout shall be provided within 10 feet (3048 mm) of the public right of way. For building sewers 8 inches (203 mm) and larger, manholes shall be provided and located at each change in direction and at intervals of not more than 400 feet (122 m). Manholes and manhole covers shall be of an approved type.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

*Revise Section 708.3.5 'Building drain and building sewer junction' to read as follows:

708.3.5 Building drain and building sewer junction. There shall be a cleanout installed at the junction of the building drain and the building sewer. An approved two-way cleanout is allowed to be used at this location to serve as a required cleanout for both the building drain and building sewer.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

End of Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE FOR ONE- AND TWO- FAMILY DWELLINGS)

The CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (International Code Council), when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments and the Georgia Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

Plumbing (Chapters 25 through 32) is deleted from the CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings) according to Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1, Part 2 of the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (O.C.G.A.). Substitute for plumbing requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (International Plumbing Code).

Electrical (Chapters 33 through 42) is deleted from the CABO ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings). Substitute for electrical requirements the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings. The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings shall be used for heating and air conditioning equipment.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code(International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings) shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOILERS/WATER HEATERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

(a) The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU (58.56 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

*Revise the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings), 2000 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 3

BUILDING PLANNING

SECTION R316

GUARDS

*Revise Section R316.1 'Guards required' to add as follows:

R316.1 Guards required. ...The finish grade surface to a retaining wall attached to a house that has a vertical drop on its opposite side of more than 30 inches (762 mm) below the grade shall have a guard (guardrail) not less than 36 inches (914 mm) in height.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

CHAPTER 16

DUCT SYSTEMS

SECTION M1601

DUCT CONSTRUCTION

*Revise Section M1601.1 'Materials' to add as follows:

M1601.1 Materials. Duct systems serving heating, cooling and ventilation equipment shall be fabricated in accordance with the provisions of this section, International Mechanical Code (IMC) Chapter 6 and Georgia State Amendments to IMC Chapter 6.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

*Revise Section M1601.2 'Factory-made ducts' of the Georgia Amendments revised January 1, 2002 to read as follows:

M1601.2 Factory-made ducts. Factory-made air ducts or duct material shall be approved for the use intended, and shall be installed in accordance with International Mechanical Code (IMC) Chapter 6, Georgia State Amendments to IMC Chapter 6 and the manufacturer's installation instructions. Each portion of a factory-made air duct system shall bear a label or mark indicating compliance with UL 181 and UL 181A or UL 181B and shall comply with the requirements of the Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

*Revise Section M1601.3 'Installation' to add as follows:

M1601.3 Installation. Duct installation shall comply with Sections M1601.3.1 through M1601.3.6, International Mechanical Code (IMC) Chapter 6 and Georgia State Amendments to IMC Chapter 6.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

End of Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM

STANDARD ELECTRICAL CODE

(NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE)

The NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, 2005 Edition, published by the National Fire Protection Association, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

*Revise the National Electrical Code, 2005 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 2

WIRING AND PROTECTION

ARTICLE 210

BRANCH CIRCUITS

*Revise Section 210.8(B) 'Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Personnel: Other Than Dwelling Units' as follows:

210.8 Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Personnel.

(B) Other Than Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in (1) through (6) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel:

(1) Bathrooms

(2) Commercial and institutional kitchens - for the purposes of this section, a kitchen is an area with a sink and permanent facilities for food preparation and cooking

(3) Rooftops

(4) Outdoors in public spaces - for the purpose of this section a public space is defined as any space that is for use by, or is accessible to, the public Exception to (3) and (4): Receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied from a dedicated branch circuit for electric snow-melting or deicing equipment shall be permitted to be installed in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 426.

(5) Outdoors, where installed to comply with 210.63

(6) Within 6 feet of a sink or basin, excluding those listed in Section 517.21

(Effective January 1, 2006)

*Revise Section 210.12(B) 'Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection: Dwelling Unit Bedrooms' as follows:

210.12 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection.

(B) Dwelling Unit Bedrooms. All 120-volt, single phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit bedrooms shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit interrupter to provide protection of the branch circuit.

FPN: For information on types of arc-fault circuit interrupters, see UL 1699-1999, Standard for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters.

Exception: The location of the arc-fault circuit interrupter shall be permitted to be at other than the origination of the branch circuit in compliance with (a) and (b):

(a) The arc-fault circuit interrupter installed within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the branch circuit overcurrent device as measured along the branch circuit conductors.

(b) The circuit conductors between the branch circuit overcurrent device and the arc-fault circuit interrupter shall be installed in a metal raceway or a cable with a metallic sheath.

(Effective January 1, 2006)

End of Amendments.

Rule 110-11-1-.16 Adoption of the 2006 International Building Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2006 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings with Georgia Amendments, the 2006 International Fire Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2006 International Plumbing Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2006 International Mechanical Code with Georgia Amendments, the 2006 International Fuel Gas Code with Georgia Amendments, Georgia Amendment to the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code, effective January 1, 2007


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD

GAS CODE

(INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE WITH GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS)

The INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE, 2006 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia State Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Gas Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Codewith Georgia State Amendments).

*Revise the International Fuel Gas Code, 2006 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

*Delete Chapter 1 'Administration' in its entirety without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL REGULATIONS

SECTION 300 (IFGC)

GENERAL APPLICABILITY STANDARDS

*Add new Section 300 'General Applicability Standards' as follows:

300.1 Scope. This code shall apply to the installation of fuel gas piping systems, fuel gas utilization equipment, gaseous hydrogen systems and related accessories in accordance with Sections 300.1.1 through 300.1.5.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the International Residential Code.

300.1.1 Gaseous hydrogen systems. Gaseous hydrogen systems shall be regulated by Chapter 7.

300.1.2 Piping systems. These regulations cover piping systems for natural gas with an operating pressure of 125 pounds per square inch guage (psig) (862 kPa gauge) or less, and for LP-gas with an operating pressure of 20 psig (140 kPa gauge) or less, except as provided in Section 402.6.1. Coverage shall extend from the point of delivery to the outlet of the equipment shutoff valves. Piping systems requirements shall include design, materials, components, fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, inspection, operation and maintenance.

300.1.3 Gas utilization equipment. Requirements for gas utilization equipment and related accessories shall include installation, combustion and ventilation air and venting and connections to piping systems.

300.1.4 Systems and equipment outside the scope. This code shall not apply to the following:

1. Portable LP-gas equipment of all types that is not connected to a fixed fuel piping system.

2. Installation of farm equipment such as brooders, dehydrators, dryers and irrigation equipment.

3. Raw material (feedstock) applications except for piping to special atmosphere generators.

4. Oxygen-fuel gas cutting and welding systems.

5. Industrial gas applications using gases such as acetylene and acetylenic compounds, hydrogen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, oxygen and nitrogen.

6. Petroleum refineries, pipeline compressor or pumping stations, loading terminals, compounding plants, refinery tank farms and natural gas processing plants.

7. Integrated chemical plants or portions of such plants where flammable or combustible liquids or gases are produced by, or used in, chemical reactions.

8. LP-gas installations at utility gas plants.

9. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) installations.

10. Fuel gas piping in power and atomic energy plants.

11. Proprietary items of equipment, apparatus or instruments such as gas-generating sets, compressors and calorimeters.

12. LP-gas equipment for vaporization, gas mixing and gas manufacturing.

13. Temporary LP-gas piping for buildings under construction or renovation that is not to become part of the permanent piping system.

14. Installation of LP-gas systems for railroad switch heating.

15. Installation of hydrogen gas, LP-gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) systems on vehicles.

16. Except as provided in Section 401.1.1, gas piping, meters, gas pressure regulators and other appurtenances used by the serving gas supplier in the distribution of gas, other than undiluted LP-gas.

17. Building design and construction, except as specified herein.

18. Piping systems for mixtures of gas and air within the flammable range with an operating pressure greater than 10 psig (69 kPa gauge).

19. Portable fuel cell appliances that are neither connected to a fixed piping system nor interconnected to a power grid.

300.1.5 Other fuels. The requirements for the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems operating with fuels other than fuel gas shall be regulated by the International Mechanical Code.

300.2 Appendices. Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.

300.3 Intent. The purpose of this code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or use of fuel gas systems.

300.4 Severability. If a section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 301 (IFGC)

GENERAL

*Delete exception to Section 301.11 'Flood hazard' without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 307 (IFGC)

CONDENSATE DISPOSAL

*Revise Section [M] 307.3 'Drain pipe materials and sizes' to add exception as follows:

[M] 307.3 Drain pipe materials and sizes.

Exception:

If an approved condensate pump is used, the condensate line must be sized according to the manufacturer's instructions.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 4

GAS PIPING INSTALLATIONS

SECTION 404 (IFGC)

PIPING SYSTEM INSTALLATION

*Revise Section 404.8 'Protection against corrosion' to read as follows:

404.8 Protection against corrosion. Metallic pipe or tubing exposed to corrosive action, such as soil condition or moisture, shall be protected in an approved manner. Ferrous metal exposed in exterior locations shall be protected from corrosion in a manner satisfactory to the code official. Where dissimilar metals are joined underground, an insulating coupling or fitting shall be used. Piping shall not be laid in contact with cinders.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 406 (IFGS)

INSPECTION, TESTING AND PURGING

*Rename Section 406.6.2 'Before turning gas on' as 'Turning gas on' and revise to read as follows:

406.6.2 Turning gas on. When turning gas on into a system of new gas piping, the entire system shall be inspected to determine that there are no open fittings or ends and that all valves at unused outlets are closed and plugged or capped.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 409 (IFGC)

SHUTOFF VALVES

*Add new Section 409.2.1 'Point of delivery service valve' as follows:

409.2.1 Point of delivery service valve. Where the point of delivery is the outlet of the service meter assembly or the outlet of the service regulator, a service shutoff valve shall be installed. Such valve is considered to be part of the customer piping system.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 412 (IFGC)

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL-

DISPENSING FACILITIES

*Delete Section 412 'Liquefied Petroleum Gas Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Facilities' and substitute the following:

412 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Facilities. Under Georgia law, the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office govern the storage, delivery and dispensing of Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Refer to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office and NFPA 58 for all requirements concerning liquefied petroleum gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing facilities.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 413 (IFGC)

COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL-

DISPENSING FACILITIES

*Delete Section 413 'Compressed Natural Gas Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Facilities' and substitute the following:

413 Compressed Natural Gas Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Facilities. Under Georgia law, the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office govern the storage, delivery and dispensing of compressed natural gas. Refer to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner's Office and NFPA 52 for all requirements concerning compressed natural gas motor vehicle fuel-dispensing facilities.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 6

SPECIFIC APPLIANCES

SECTION 624 (IFGC)

WATER HEATERS

*Add new Section 624.3 'Boilers/water heaters' as follows:

624.3 Boilers/water heaters. The State's minimum requirements for boilers/water heaters and pressure vessels over 200,000 BTU/h (58.61 kW), 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 gallons capacity shall be established by O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 11 and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Department of Labor.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 631 (IFGC)

BOILERS

*Add new Section 631.4 'Additional regulations' as follows:

631.4 Additional regulations. For additional regulations regarding boilers/water heaters, see Section 624.3 (GA Amendments).

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 8

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Revise Chapter 8 'Referenced Standards' to add as follows:

National Fire Protection Association

Batterymarch Park

NFPA Quincy, MA 02269

     

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

52

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicular Fuel Systems

413, GA Amendments

58

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

412, GA Amendments

(Effective January 1, 2007)

     

End of Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD BUILDING CODE

(INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE WITH GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS)

The International Building Code, 2006 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia State Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code .

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code with Georgia State Amendments).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code (IECC with Georgia State Supplements and Amendments). The Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

SCOPE:

The provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Exception #1: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the Georgia State Minimum Standard One and Two Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings with Georgia State Amendments).

Exception #2: The following table titled 'Codes Reference Guide' establishes specific primary and supplementary code applications and is to be applied by the authority having jurisdiction.

CODES REFERENCE GUIDE

Area

Primary

Supplement

Occupancy Classification

LSC

IBC

Building Construction Types Including allowable height, allowable building areas, and the requirements for sprinkler protection related to minimum building construction types.

IBC

LSC

Means of Egress

LSC

NONE

Standpipes

IBC

IFC

Interior Finish

LSC

NONE

HVAC Systems

IMC

NONE

Vertical Openings

LSC

NONE

Sprinkler Systems minimum construction standard

LSC

NONE

Fire Alarm Systems

LSC

NONE

Smoke Alarms and Smoke Detection Systems

State Statute and LSC

NONE

Portable Fire Extinguishers

IFC

NONE

Cooking Equipment

LSC and NFPA 96

NONE

Fuel Fired Appliances

IFGC

NFPA 54

Liquid Petroleum Gas

NFPA 58

NFPA 54 or IFGC

Compressed Natural Gas

NFPA 52

NONE

*Revise the International Building Code, 2006 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

*Delete Chapter 1 'Administration' without substitution. Chapter 1 to remain in the Code as a reference and guide for local governments in development of their own Administrative Procedures.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 202

DEFINITIONS

*Add definition of 'Elevator Door Opening Protective Device' as follows:

ELEVATOR DOOR OPENING PROTECTIVE DEVICE. Any device that either independently or in conjunction with the (elevator) door assembly allows the device(s) to meet the requirements of Section 715.4.3.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 4

Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and

Occupancy

SECTION 415

GROUPS H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4 AND H-5

*Delete Section 415.6.3 'Liquefied petroleum gas-distribution facilities' in its entirety and replace with the following:

415.6.3 Liquefied petroleum gas-distribution facilities. The design and construction of propane, butane, propylene, butylenes and other liquefied petroleum gas-distribution facilities shall conform to the applicable provisions of Sections 415.6.3.1 through 415.6.3.5.2 of this Code. The storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gas systems shall conform to the International Fire Code. The design and installation of piping, equipment and systems that utilize liquefied petroleum gas shall be in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, Chapter 120-3-16 "Rules and Regulations for Liquefied Petroleum Gases". Liquefied petroleum gas distribution facilities shall be ventilated in accordance with the International Mechanical Code and Section 415.6.3.1 of this Code.

CHAPTER 5

GENERAL BUILDING HEIGHTS AND AREAS

SECTION 508

MIXED USE AND OCCUPANCY

*Revise Section 508.3.1.3 'Separation' to add exceptions as follows:

Exceptions:

1. Group H-2, H-3, H-4 or H-5 occupancies shall be separated from all other occupancies in accordance with Section 508.3.3.

2. All Group R occupancies shall be separated from other accessory occupancies in accordance with Section 508.3.3.4.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Revise Exception to Section 508.3.2.3 'Separation' as follows:

Exceptions:

1. Group H-2, H-3, H-4 or H-5 occupancies shall be separated from all other occupancies in accordance with Section 508.3.3.

2. All Group R occupancies shall be separated from other occupancies in accordance with Section 508.3.3.4.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 7

FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 705

FIRE WALLS

*Delete exception to Section 705.3 'Materials' without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 707

SHAFT ENCLOSURES

*Delete Sections 707.14 'Elevator, dumbwaiter and other hoistways' and 707.14.1 'Elevator lobby' and substitute the following:

707.14 Elevator, dumbwaiter and other hoistways. Elevator, dumbwaiter and other hoistway enclosures shall be constructed in accordance with this section, Section 707.4 and Chapter 30.

707.14.1 Elevator lobby. Elevator lobbies opening onto floors required to be provided with fire-rated exit access corridors and elevator lobbies in high-rise buildings shall be provided with an elevator lobby at each floor. The elevator lobby shall be separated from exit access corridors by 1-hour fire barriers with all duct penetrations protected with approved automatic smoke dampers. Each elevator lobby shall have at least one means of egress, shall contain at least thirty square feet (2.79 m²) for each elevator cab discharging in the lobby, but no area less than the largest cab discharging into the lobby, and shall have no lobby dimension less than five feet (1.52 m). Openings into the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to the elevators and for egress from the building.

Exceptions:

1. In office buildings, elevator lobbies are not required from a street floor lobby provided the entire street floor is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section [F] 903.3.1.1, except as provided in Section 707.14.2 (GA Amendments).

2. Elevators not required to be located in a shaft in accordance with Section 707.2.

3. Where additional doors are provided in accordance with Section 3002.6.

4. In other than Groups I-2 and I-3, and buildings which are not classified as high-rise buildings, lobby separation is not required where the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed throughout in accordance with Section [F] 903.3.1.1 or [F] 903.3.1.2.

5. Elevator lobbies are not required within an atrium.

6. Elevators which are located on the exterior of the building and served by exterior walkways.

7. Elevators which serve open air parking decks in accordance with Section 406.3 beneath other occupancies.

8. Hoistways which are provided with mechanical systems designed to resist the passage of smoke to other floors through the hoistway.

9. Lobbies are not required where a listed elevator door opening protective device, in compliance with the 'Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner chapter 120-3-3 Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards', is provided at the hoistway opening other than at the designated primary and alternate floors of elevator return.

10. Enclosed elevator lobbies are not required where the elevator hoistway is pressurized in accordance with Section 707.14.3 (see renumbering instructions of GA Amendment 707.14.2).

11. For existing buildings or existing structures reference Section 3403.1 (GA Amendments).

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Renumber Sections 707.14.2 'Enclosed elevator lobby pressurization alternative' through 707.14.2.5 'Activation of pressurization system' as Sections 707.14.3 through 707.14.3.5, and add new Section 707.14.2 'Designated floors for elevator return' as follows:

707.14.2 Designated floors for elevator return. New elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving walks shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. The elevator lobby of the designated floor and the alternate floor specified by Rule 2.27.3 shall be separated from the remainder of the building by 1 hour fire-rated construction. In buildings equipped with automatic sprinkler protection, smoke partitions in accordance with the 'Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner Chapter 120-3-3 Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards' may be used in lieu of 1 hour fire-rated construction. Except health care occupancies, openings in the elevator lobby shall be limited to those required for access to the elevators from exit access corridors only. Elevator lobbies may be used as part of the means of egress from the building.

Exceptions:

1. Elevator lobbies are not required within an atrium.

2. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed on open exterior walls.

3. Elevator lobbies are not required where elevators are installed in open air parking structures.

4. Elevator lobbies are not required in buildings three stories or less with vertical openings protected in accordance with the applicable occupancy chapter.

5. Elevator lobbies are not required in mercantile occupancies that have properly protected openings for escalators or stairs.

6. Existing installations acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

7. For existing buildings or existing structures reference Section 3403.1 (GA Amendments).

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 9

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

SECTION 903

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

*Revise Section [F] 903.2.7 'Group R' to add exception as follows:

[F] 903.2.7 Group R.

Exception:

Group R-1 and R-2 occupancies which meet the exceptions allowed by the 'Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner Chapter 120-3-3 Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards' are exempt from this requirement.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 11

ACCESSIBILITY

* Delete Chapter 11 'Accessibility' without substitution.

{Cross-reference in State law: Title 30, Chapter 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A) and the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.}

CHAPTER 14

EXTERIOR WALLS

SECTION 1404

MATERIALS

*Add new Section 1404.11 'Exterior insulation finish systems' as follows:

1404.11 Exterior insulation finish systems. Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) shall be from manufacturers with a current ICC Evaluation Report and shall be installed in accordance with ANSI 99A, ASTM C 1397, ASTM C 1535, ASTM E 2273 (for drainable EIFS), manufacturer's installation instructions and the requirements of this section.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1405

INSTALLATION OF WALL COVERINGS

*Add new Section 1405.18 'Exterior insulation finish systems' as follows:

1405.18 Exterior insulation finish systems. Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's ICC Evaluation Report criteria and manufacturer's installation and application instructions.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add new Section 1405.19 'Installation of wall coverings' as follows:

1405.19 Installation of wall coverings. Clearance between wall cladding, except masonry veneer, shall be at least 6 inches (152 mm) and a 2-inch (51 mm) clear inspection space above paved areas must be visible below cladding down to the final grade of the top of the soil which is immediately adjacent to the structure.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 15

ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP STRUCTURES

SECTION 1507

REQUIREMENTS FOR ROOF COVERINGS

*Revise Section 1507.4.4 'Attachment' to read as follows:

1507.4.4 Attachment. Metal roof panels shall be secured to the supports in accordance with the approved manufacturer's fasteners. In the absence of manufacturer recommendations, the following applicable fasteners shall be used:

1. Galvanized fasteners shall be used for steel roofs.

2. 300 series stainless-steel fasteners shall be used for copper roofs.

3. Stainless-steel fasteners are acceptable for all types of metal roofs.

4. Aluminum fasteners shall be used for aluminum roofing.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 17

STRUCTURAL TESTS AND SPECIAL INSPECTIONS

SECTION 1701

GENERAL

*Add new Section 1701.4 'Guidelines' as follows:

1701.4 Guidelines. The local building official or authority having jurisdiction shall be authorized to use ACEC/SEAOG SI GL 01-03/16/2006, Georgia Special Inspections Guidelines, in part or in whole for the purposes of implementing and enforcing the provisions of Chapter 17, 'Structural Tests and Special Inspections', and/or establishing a Special Inspections program for their jurisdiction.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1703

APPROVALS

*Rename Section 1703.7 'Evaluation and follow-up inspection services' as 'Evaluation and follow-up inspection services for "fabricated assemblies."'

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1704

SPECIAL INSPECTIONS

*Revise first paragraph of Section 1704.1 'General' to read as follows:

1704.1 General. Where application is made for construction as described in this section, the owner or the registered design professional in responsible charge acting as the owner's agent shall employ one or more special inspectors to provide inspections during construction on the types of work listed under Section 1704. The special inspector shall be qualified in accordance with Table 1704.1. These inspections are in addition to the inspections specified in Section 109.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add new Table 1704.1 'Minimum Special Inspector Qualifications'

See pages 15 through 17.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Revise exception #2 to Section 1704.1 'General' to read as follows:

1704.1 General.

Exception # 2:

Special inspections are not required for buildings unless the design involves the practice of professional engineering or architecture as defined by applicable state statutes and regulations governing the professional registrations and certification of engineers or architects, unless specifically exempted in other sections of this code.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 18

SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS

SECTION 1802

FOUNDATION AND SOILS INVESTIGATIONS

*Delete exception to Section 1802.2 'Where required.'

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1803

EXCAVATION, GRADING AND FILL

*Revise the second sentence of Section 1803.2 'Placement of backfill' to read as follows:

1803.2 Placement of backfill.

(First sentence left unchanged.)

...low strength material (CLSM). The backfill shall be placed in lifts not to exceed 12 inches (305 mm) and compacted, in a manner that does not damage the foundation, waterproofing, dampproofing material, or interior and exterior finishes.

(exception left unchanged.)

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add new Section 1803.7 'Excavation greater than 10 feet (3048 mm)' as follows:

1803.7 Excavation greater than 10 feet (3048 mm). When an excavation extends more than 10 feet (3048 mm) below the established curb grade nearest the point of excavation under consideration, the one causing the excavation to be made, if given the necessary license to enter the adjoining premises, shall provide at his own expense one of the following:

1. Underpinning and protection required by that part of the excavation which extends to a depth greater than 10 feet (3048 mm) below the established curb grade nearest the point of excavation under consideration, whether or not the existing footings or foundations extend to the depth of 10 feet (3048 mm) or more below curb grade, or,

2. Shoring and bracing of the sides of the excavation required to prevent any soil movement into the excavation. If permanent lateral support is provided, the method used must satisfy requirements of the building official.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1808

PIER AND PILE FOUNDATIONS

*In Section 1808.1 'Definitions,' revise definition of 'Pier Foundations' by changing "12 times" to "10 times."

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1812

PIER FOUNDATIONS

*Revise Section 1812.2 'Lateral dimensions and height' to read as follows:

1812.2 Lateral dimensions and height. The minimum horizontal dimension of isolated piers used as foundations shall be 16 inches (406 mm), and the height shall not exceed 10 times the least horizontal dimension.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 19

CONCRETE

SECTION 1901

GENERAL

*Revise Item #10 of Section 1901.4 'Construction documents' to read as follows:

1901.4 Construction documents.

Item #10:

Stressing sequence for posttensioning tendons for members where the stressing sequence is necessary to properly erect an unconventional structure.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 1905

CONCRETE QUALITY, MIXING AND PLACING

*Revise Section 1905.6.1'Qualified technicians' to read as follows:

1905.6.1 Qualified technicians. Concrete shall be tested in accordance with the requirements in Sections 1905.6.2 through 1905.6.5. Qualified field testing technicians from an approved agency per Table 1704.1 shall perform tests on fresh concrete at the job site, prepare specimens required for curing under field conditions, prepare specimens required for testing in the laboratory and record the temperature of the fresh concrete when preparing specimens for strength tests. Qualified laboratory technicians from an approved agency per Table 1704.1 shall perform all required laboratory tests.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 21

MASONRY

SECTION 2109

EMPIRICAL DESIGN OF MASONRY

*Revise second sentence of Section 2109.6.3.2 'Bonding with prefabricated joint reinforcement' to read as follows:

2109.6.3.2 Bonding with prefabricated joint reinforcement.

(First sentence left unchanged)

...of wall area. The vertical spacing of the joint reinforcing shall not exceed 16 inches (406 mm).

(Remainder of section left unchanged.)

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 29

PLUMBING SYSTEMS

SECTION 2902

MINIMUM PLUMBING FACILITIES

*Delete the requirements for "service sinks" from Table [P]2902.1 'Minimum Number of Required Plumbing Fixturesª' without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Revise Section 2902.4.1 'Location of toilet facilities in occupancies other than covered malls' by revising Exception as follows:

Exception: The location and maximum travel distances to required employee toilet facilities in factory, storage, and industrial occupancies are permitted to exceed that required by this section, provided that the location and maximum travel distance are approved.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 30

ELEVATORS AND CONVEYING SYSTEMS

SECTION 3006

MACHINE ROOMS

*Revise Section 3006.5 'Shunt trip' to read as follows:

3006.5 Shunt trip. Where elevator hoistways or elevator machine rooms containing elevator control equipment are protected with automatic sprinklers, a means installed in accordance with NFPA 72, Section 3-9.4, Elevator Shutdown, shall be provided to disconnect automatically the main line power supply to the affected elevator prior to the application of water. If the means is located in the affected elevator machine room, it shall be in a water resistant enclosure. This means shall not be self-resetting. The activation of sprinklers outside the hoistway or machine room shall not disconnect the main line power supply. Machine rooms having a two hour fire separation from the building and provided with smoke detection interconnected to the building fire alarm system are not required to be sprinklered.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 33

SAFEGUARDS DURING CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 3305

SANITARY

*Revise Section 3305.1 'Facilities required' to read as follows:

3305.1 Facilities required. Sanitary facilities shall be provided during construction, remodeling or demolition activities.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 34

EXISTING STRUCTURES

SECTION 3403

ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS OR REPAIRS

*Revise Section 3403.1 'Existing buildings or structures' to add at end as follows:

3403.1 Existing buildings or structures.

(Beginning of section left unchanged.)

...a new structure. The extent to which the existing system shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction shall be as follows unless otherwise required by this section:

1. When the estimated cost of the new work is less than fifty percent (50%) of the replacement cost of the existing system or building, the new work shall be brought in to conformance with the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction.

2. When the estimated cost of the new work is equal to or greater than fifty percent (50%) of the replacement cost of the existing system or building, the entire system or building shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction.

3. For essential service facilities Occupancy Category IV type buildings as defined by Table 1604.5, when the estimated cost of the new work is equal to or greater than thirty percent (30%) of the replacement cost of the existing system, the entire system shall be made to conform to the requirements of the State Minimum Standard Codes for new construction.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

[EB] SECTION 3410

COMPLIANCE ALTERNATIVES

*Delete [EB] Section 3410 'Compliance Alternatives' without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 35

REFERENCED STANDARDS

*Revise Chapter 35 'Referenced Standards' to add as follows:

ACEC/G

American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia Peachtree Center, Harris Tower, Suite 700 233 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30303

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

ACEC/SEAOG Georgia Special Inspections Guidelines...............................1701.4, GA Amendments

SI GL 01-03/16/2006 (Available for download at: http://acecga.org/)

ANSI

American National Standards Institute

25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor

New York, NY 10036

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

99A-01 American National Standard for Exterior

Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)...............................1404.11, GA Amendments

ASME

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Three Park Avenue

New York, NY 10016-5990

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

A17.1-04 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators with

A17.1a-2004 addenda and A17.1S Supplement...................707.14.2, GA Amendments

ASTM

ASTM International

100 Barr Harbor Drive

West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2859

Standard reference number

Title

Referenced in code section number

C 1397-05 Standard Practice for Application of Class

PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.........................1404.11, GA Amendments

C 1535-05 Standard Practice for Application of Exterior

Insulation and Finish Systems Class PI.............................1404.11, GA Amendments

E 2273--03 Standard Test Method for Determining the

Drainage Efficiency of Exterior Insulation and

Finish Systems (EIFS) Clad Wall Assemblies......................1404.11, GA Amendments

(Effective January 1, 2007)

End of Amendments.

TABLE 1704.1 MINIMUM SPECIAL INSPECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Category of Testing and Inspection

Minimum Qualifications (refer to key at end of Table)

Shop Inspection

Field Inspection/

Review

Review Submittals

Review Testing, Certification, & Lab Reports

 

1704.2 Inspection of Fabricators

         

Pre-cast Concrete

A, C, D, E

       

Structural Steel Construction

C, F, G

       

Wood Construction

A

       

Cold Formed Metal Construction

A

       

1704.3 & 1707.2 Steel Construction

         

Welding

C, F, G

C, F, G

A

A, B

 

High Strength Bolting, Inspection of Steel Frame Joint Details

 

A, C

A

A, B

 

1704.4 & 1708.3 Concrete Construction

         

Reinforcing Placement, Cast-in-Place Bolts, Pre-stressing Steel installation, Concrete and Shotcrete Placement and curing operations

 

A, C, H, I

     

Erection of pre-cast concrete members

 

A, C, H

     

Concrete Field Testing

 

A, I, J, H, C

     

Review certified mill reports and design mixes

   

A

   

Review use of Required Design Mix

 

A, I, J, H, C

     

Pre-stressed (pre-tensioned) concrete force application

A, C, E

       

Post-tensioned concrete force application

 

A, C, D

     

Review of in-situ concrete strength, prior to stressing post-tensioned concrete

   

A

   

Reinforcing steel weldability, reinforcing welding, weld filler material

 

C, F, G

     

1704.5 & 1708.1 Masonry

         

Review f'm prior to construction

   

A

   

Mortar joint construction, grout protection and placement, materials proportion, type/size/location of reinforcement, structural elements, anchorage, and connectors

 

A, C, K, L

     

Sampling/Testing of Grout/Mortar specimens

 

A, C,

(J + M)

     

Observe preparation of masonry prisms for testing of compressive strength of masonry, f'm

 

A, C, K, L

     

Inspection of welding of reinforcing steel

 

C, F, G

     

1704.7 & 1803 Soils

       

Observe Site Preparation and Fill Placement with Testing of Compaction for compliance with the Geotechnical Report for the project

 

A, I

   

Observe and Test Bearing Materials below Shallow Foundations for ability to achieve design bearing capacity

 

A, N

   

Review Compaction Testing for compliance with the Geotechnical Report for the project

     

A

1704.8, 1704.9 & 1808 Pile and Pier Foundations

       

Observe Installation

 

A, N

   

Observe Load Tests

 

A

   

1704.10 Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials

       

Observe surface conditions, application, average thickness and density of applied material, and cohesive/adhesive bond

 

A, C

   

1704.11 Mastic and intumescent fire-resistant coatings

       

Observe application compliance with AWCI 12-B

 

A, C

   

1704.12 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems

       

Inspect EIFS Systems

 

A, B, C, O

   

1704.13 Special Cases

       

Work of unusual or special nature

 

A, B, O

   

[F]1704.14 Smoke Control

See Requirements of IBC Section [F]1704.14.2.

1705, 1707 & 1708 Seismic and Wind Resistance

       

Periodic inspection of fabrication, installation and/or anchorage of building systems and components

 

A

   

KEY:

A. Georgia Professional Engineer (GA PE) competent in the specific task area or graduate of accredited engineering/engineering technology program under the direct supervision of a GA PE.

B. Georgia Registered Architect (GA RA) or graduate of accredited architecture/architecture technology program under the direction of a GA RA.

C. International Code Council (ICC) Special Inspector Certification specific to the particular material and testing methodology applicable to each Category of Testing and Inspection listed in the table.

D. Post-tensioning Institute (PTI) Certification.

E. Pre-stressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Certified Inspector.

F. American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) or AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector working under the direct on-site supervision of a CWI.

G. American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Level II certification or a Level III certification if previously certified as Level II in the particular material and testing methodology applicable to each Category of Testing and Inspection listed in the table.

H. American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Construction Special Inspector.

I. National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians (NICET) Level II or III certification specific to the particular material and testing methodology applicable to each Category of Testing and Inspection listed in the table.

J. ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician with Grade 1 certification.

K. Georgia Concrete and Product Association (GC&PA) - Masonry Association of Georgia (MAG) Masonry Construction Inspector Certification.

L. National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Concrete Masonry Testing Procedures certification.

M. GC&PA - MAG Masonry Testing Technician certification.

N. NICET Certified Engineering Technologist (CT).

O. Other Qualified Special Inspector as approved by the Building Official.

Notes:

The minimum qualifications shown are either one or the other per category (not all) unless otherwise stated.

Materials testing shall be done by an Approved Testing Agency meeting the requirements of IBC Section 1703 and ASTM E 329.

The Building Official is authorized to approve Special Inspectors who have documented relevant experience and are progressing towards achieving the minimum qualifications noted above prior to January 1, 2008.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD

ENERGY CODE

(INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE

WITH GEORGIA STATE SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS)

The INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE, 2000 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments and the Georgia State Supplements and Amendments adopted effective January 1 of 2003, 2005 and 2006, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code.

GEORGIA STATE SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS

SCOPE:

Each chapter of these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments corresponds with a chapter of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Chapter 1: Administration and Enforcement.

Chapter 2: Definitions.

Chapter 3: Design Conditions. 'The criteria of this chapter establish the design conditions for use with Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8.'

Chapter 4: Residential Building Design by Systems Analysis and Design of Buildings Utilizing Renewable Energy Sources. 'This chapter establishes design criteria in terms of total energy use by a residential building, including all of its systems.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 5: Residential Building Design by Component1 Performance Approach. 'Residential buildings or portions thereof that enclose conditioned space shall be constructed to meet the requirements of this chapter.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)This chapter offers the use of 'trade-offs,' whereby values between building components may be substituted or traded-off for compliance. A properly completed Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet2 or the use of appropriate computer software (REScheck3) may be used to validate any trade-off.

Chapter 6: Simplified Prescriptive Requirements for Residential Buildings, Type A-1 and A-2. 'This chapter sets forth energy-efficiency-related requirements for the design and construction of Type A-1 and A-2 residential buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for low-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 7: Building Design for All Commercial Buildings. Commercial buildings [except those that comply with Chapter 8, Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings; the Single Step Compliance for Simple Commercial Buildings; or appropriate computer software (COMcheck3)] shall meet the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 8: Design by Acceptable Practice for Commercial Buildings. 'The requirements contained in this chapter are applicable to commercial buildings, or portions of commercial buildings.' (One method by which to achieve compliance for commercial and high-rise residential construction.)

Chapter 9: Referenced Standards.

Appendix A.

Appendix B. Provides additional prescriptive methods by which to achieve compliance, simple methods and forms to assist in compliance calculations, and illustrations to assist in the understanding of compliance requirements.

Individual structures should follow a single compliance method and not a combination of compliance methods. The 'basic requirements' of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) apply to all compliance methods.

Where these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments conflict with either the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)or ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments shall take precedence.

Air infiltration accounts for substantial heat loss, heat gain and moisture migration in a building. Proper sealing around all doors, windows and other envelope penetrations through the walls, ceiling and foundation is as important to code compliance as are proper insulation R-values and component U-values.

It is not the intention of this code to abridge safety or health. Where the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments conflict with other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and these Georgia State Supplements and Amendments shall be enforced as written provided safety, health or environmental requirements of other mandatory State Minimum Standard Codes are not abridged.

CODE REFERENCE:

Replace all references to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1999 and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001 with references to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

1. 'Component' refers to a particular element of a building, such as a ceiling, an exterior wall, a floor, etc.

2. For the 'Georgia Trade-Off Worksheet,' see Appendix B.

3. REScheck and COMcheck are computer programs developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) to assist in demonstration of compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). They can be obtained from the D.O.E. by calling (800) 270-CODE (2633) or free of charge online at www.energycodes.gov .

*Revise the International Energy Conservation Code, 2000 Edition, as follows:

GEORGIA STATE SUPPLEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS

*Delete Table 701 'Minimum Thermal Component Requirements' of the Georgia State Supplements and Amendments revised January 1 of 2003 and 2005 in its entirety without substitution.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

End of Supplements and Amendments.


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GEORGIA STATE MINIMUM STANDARD FIRE CODE

(INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE WITH GEORGIA STATE

AMENDMENTS)

The INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE, 2006 Edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia State Amendments, shall constitute the official Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Code.

GEORGIA STATE AMENDMENTS

CODE REFERENCE:

(a) Replace all references to the ICC Electrical Code with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code (National Electrical Code with Georgia State Amendments).

(b) Replace all references to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with references to the Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code (IECC with Georgia State Amendments). The Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code Buildings shall be used for efficiency and coefficient of performance ratings of equipment.

SCOPE:

The Georgia State Minimum Standard Fire Code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes and premises and safeguards from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices; from conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises; and from fire hazards in the structure or on the premise from occupancy or operation. It also applies to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression and alarm systems.

APPENDICES:

Appendices are not enforceable unless they are specifically referenced in the body of the code or adopted by the Department of Community Affairs or the authority having jurisdiction.

*Revise the International Fire Code, 2006 Edition, as follows:

CHAPTER 1

ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 101

GENERAL

*Delete paragraph 101.1 in its entirety and insert in its place the following:

101.1 Title. TheINTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE, 2006 edition, published by the International Code Council, when used in conjunction with these Georgia Amendments, shall be known as a Georgia State Minimum Standard Code, hereinafter referred to as "this code."

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Delete paragraph 101.3 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

101.3 Purpose and intent. The primary purpose of this Code, as adopted, is to provide, along with other adopted codes and standards, for the reasonable minimum protection of life and property from the hazards created by fire, smoke, explosion, or panic created from a fear of fire or smoke. It is intended that the purposes of this Code be accomplished by:

(1) Coordinating application and enforcement of its provisions with those of other applicable laws, rules, regulations, codes, and standards; and

(2) By coordinating the application of its provisions where possible with educational programs or efforts designed to bring about changes in high risk attitudes and behaviors that are the root causes of most fire related problems in Georgia; and

(3) By encouraging or requiring informational and awareness programs designed to make the citizens of Georgia aware of their responsibilities for compliance with this Code as well as the other Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The intent of this Code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 102

APPLICABILITY

*Add an exception to paragraph 102.1. to read as follows:

Exception:

This Code does not apply to one- and two-family dwellings or one- and two-family row houses (townhouses) separated by a 2-hour fire wall containing not more than three dwelling units per structure.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add an exception to paragraph 102.2. to read as follows:

Exception:

This Code does not apply to one- and two-family dwellings or one- and two-family row houses (townhouses) separated by a 2-hour fire wall containing not more than three dwelling units per structure.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Delete paragraph 102.3 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

102.3 Change of use or occupancy. No change shall be made in use or occupancy of any building or structure that would place the structure in a different division of the same group or occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, unless such structure is made to comply with the requirements of this Code, as may be applicable, as well as those of the International Building Code (IBC), as adopted by Department of Community Affairs. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-14, due to a change of use or occupancy of a building or structure the building or structure shall be treated as a proposed (new) building. (Refer to 103.3 of this Code regarding the requirements applicable to proposed (new) buildings and structures.)

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Delete paragraph 102.4 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

102.4 Application of the building code. The design and construction of proposed (new) buildings and structures shall comply with the International Building Code (IBC), as modified and adopted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Repairs, alterations, additions, changes in use or occupancy classification, or changes in buildings or structures required by provisions the IFC, and which are within the scope of the IBC, shall be made in accordance with the IBC, for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Delete paragraph 102.5 in its entirety and insert in its place the following:

102.5 Historic Buildings. Refer to 102.1 and 102.2 regarding the application of this Code to existing buildings. Except to the extent required by applicable laws of Georgia, the provisions of this Code are not mandatory for buildings or structures identified and classified by the state, or as appropriate, a local jurisdiction, as historic buildings when such buildings or structures are judged by the fire code official to be safe and in the public interest of health, safety and welfare. When evaluating the safety of historic buildings the fire code official should consult O.C.G.A. Section 8-2-3, 'Uniform Act for the Application of Building and Fire Related Codes to Existing Buildings', the provisions of O.C.G.A. Sections 25-2-13(b)(3) & 25-2-13(b)(4), and NFPA Standard 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3, Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner as a recommended practice.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Delete paragraph 102.6 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following paragraphs:

102.6 Referenced codes and standards. Where the provisions of this Code or the standards referenced thereby and in Chapter 45 of this Code do not apply to the specific subjects, situations or conditions encountered that involve risks to life and property from the hazards of fire, panic from fear of fire or smoke, or related hazards, compliance with the applicable chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall be evidence of compliance with this Code.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new paragraph 102.10 to Section 102 to read as follows:

102.10

CODES REFERENCE GUIDE

Area

Primary

Supplement

Occupancy Classification

LSC

IBC

Building Construction Types Including allowable height, allowable building areas, and the requirements for sprinkler protection related to minimum building construction types.

IBC

LSC

Means of Egress

LSC

NONE

Standpipes

IBC

IFC

Interior Finish

LSC

NONE

HVAC Systems

IMC

NONE

Vertical Openings

LSC

NONE

Sprinkler Systems minimum construction standard

LSC

NONE

Fire Alarm Systems

LSC

NONE

Smoke Alarms and Smoke Detection Systems

State Statute and LSC

NONE

Portable Fire Extinguishers

IFC

NONE

Cooking Equipment

LSC and NFPA 96

NONE

Fuel Fired Appliances

IFGC

NFPA 54

Liquid Petroleum Gas

NFPA 58

NFPA 54 or IFGC

Compressed Natural Gas

NFPA 52

NONE

Coordination of provisions. This Code shall apply to all buildings, structures and facilities as provided in subsections 102.1 and 102.2, and shall be utilized in conjunction with codes and standards specified in Table 102.10entitled, CODES REFERENCE GUIDE.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new paragraph 102.11 to read as follows:

102.11 Liability. The fire code official, officer or employee charged with the enforcement of this code, while acting for the jurisdiction, shall not thereby be rendered liable personally, and is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage accruing to persons or property as a result of an act required or permitted in the discharge of official duties.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

102.11.1 Legal defense. Any suit instituted against any officer or employee because of an act performed by that officer or employee in the lawful discharge of duties and under the provisions of this code shall be defended by the legal representative of the jurisdiction until the final termination of the proceedings. The fire code official or any subordinate shall not be liable for costs in an action, suit or proceeding that is instituted in pursuance of the provisions of this code; and any officer of the department of fire prevention, acting in good faith and without malice, shall be free from liability for acts performed under any of its provisions or by reason of any act or omission in the performance of official duties in connection therewith.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 103

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE PREVENTION

*Delete Section 103 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following.

SECTION 103

GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR EXISTING AND PROPOSED

(NEW) BUILDINGS

*Add a new subsection 103.1 to read as follows:

103.1 General Provisions. The administration, enforcement and penalty provisions of O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and the administrative provisions of the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall apply to and regulate the application and enforcement of this Code by the Safety Fire Division of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Note: Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting any local jurisdiction from adopting the deleted portions of Chapter 1 of this Code for local purposes, provided, however, local amendments shall not be less restrictive than this Code, and other codes and standards as adopted by the various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

103.1.1 The provisions of O.C.G.A. Title 25, Chapter 2, and other applicable state laws, and the applicable provisions of various chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner regarding the requirements for certificates, licenses, permits, plan reviews, inspections, approvals, fees, etc. shall apply and are in addition to any requirements of local jurisdictions. Local authorities having jurisdiction need to be consulted to determine if rules and regulations of the local jurisdiction regarding the requirements for local certificates, licenses, permits, plan reviews, inspections, approvals, fees, etc. also apply.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

103.1.1.1 The administrative, operational, and maintenance provisions of this Code, with regard to the Safety Fire Division of the Office of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner, shall be limited to the scope and intents and purposes of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Title 25, Chapter 2, and the Commissioner's Rules and Regulations.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

103.1.1.1.1 Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-13(d), every person who owns or controls the use of any building, part of a building, or structure described in O.C.G.A 25-2-13 (b)(1), which because of floor area, height, location, use or intended use as a gathering place for large groups, or use or intended use by or for the aged, the ill, the incompetent, or the imprisoned, constitutes a special hazard to property or to the life and safety on account of fire or panic from fear of fire, must so construct, equip, maintain, and use such building or structure as to afford every reasonable and practical precaution and protection against injury from such hazards. No person who owns or controls the use or occupancy of such a building or structure shall permit the use of the premises so controlled for any such specially hazardous use unless he has provided such precautions against damage to property or injury to persons by these hazards as are found and determined by the Commissioner in the manner described in O.C.G.A. 25-2-13(d) to be reasonable and practical.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new subsection 103.2 to read as follows:

103.2 Existing buildings. Every building and structure existing as of April 1, 1968, which building or structure is listed in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A 25-2-13 shall comply with the minimum fire safety standards in the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner promulgated pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2 which were in effect at the time such building or structure was constructed.

Exception #1: Any nonconformance noted under the electrical standards adopted at the time such building or structure was constructed shall be corrected in accordance with the current electrical standards adopted pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2.

Exception #2: A less restrictive provision contained in any subsequently adopted minimum fire safety standard pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2, may be applied to any existing building or structure.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

103.2.1 Existing buildings to be deemed a proposed building. For the purposes of O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(b), any existing building or structure listed in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A. 25-2-13 and which comes under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(b), shall be deemed to be a proposed (new) building in the event such building or structure is subject to substantial renovation, a fire or other hazard of serious consequence, or a change in the classification of occupancy. The term "substantial renovation", for purposes of this subsection means any construction project involving exits or internal features of such building or structure costing more than the building's or structure's assessed value according to county tax records at the time of such renovation (O.C.G.A. 25-2-14). Where a change of classification is involved, also refer to 102.3 of this Code.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new 103.3 to read as follows:

103.3 Proposed (new) buildings and additions to existing buildings:

1. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-14.1(b), every proposed building and structure listed in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A. 25-2-13 shall comply with the adopted minimum fire safety standards that were in effect on the date that plans and specifications therefore were received by the state fire marshal, the proper local fire marshal, or state inspector for review and approval.

2.Plans and specifications for all proposed buildings which come under classification in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A. 25-2-13 and which come under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-12 shall be submitted to and receive approval by either the state fire marshal, the proper local fire marshal, or state inspector before any state, municipal, or county building permit may be issued or construction started (O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(a)). All such plans and specifications submitted as required by O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(a)shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount provided in O.C.G.A. 25-2-4.1 and shall bear the seal and Georgia registration number of the drafting architect or engineer or shall otherwise have the approval of the Commissioner.

3. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-37(a), it shall be unlawful for any person to begin construction on any proposed building or structure which comes under the classification in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A 25-2-13 and which comes under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-12 without first having plans approved in accordance with O.C.G.A. 25-2-14.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new 103.4 to read as follows:

103.4 Proposed building construction and completion. Pursuant to O.O.G.A. 25-2-14(b), a complete set of plans and specifications approved as set forth in 103.3 shall be maintained on the construction site, and construction shall proceed in compliance with the state minimum fire safety standards under which such plans and specifications were approved. The owner of any such building or structure or his authorized representative shall notify the state fire marshal, the proper local fire marshal, or state inspector upon completion of approximately 80 percent of the construction thereof and shall apply for a certificate of occupancy when construction of such building or structure is completed.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new 103.5 to read as follows:

103.5 Certificate of occupancy required. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(c), every building or structure which comes under classification in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A. 25-2-13 and which comes under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-2-12 shall have a certificate of occupancy issued by the state fire marshal, the proper local fire marshal, or state inspector before such building or structure may be occupied. Such certificates of occupancy shall be issued for each business establishment within the building, shall carry a charge in the amount provided in O.C.G.A. 25-2-4.1, shall state the occupant load for such business establishment or building, shall be posted in a prominent location within such business establishment or building, and shall run for the life of the building, except as provided in O.C.G.A. 25-2-14(d). (See 103.2.1 of the IFC, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.)

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 105

PERMITS

The provisions of Section 105, PERMITS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes. Refer to 102.10.2 with regard to permits required by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 107

MAINTENANCE

*Delete Section 107.6 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

107.6 Overcrowding and Life Safety Hazards. Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or a portion thereof shall not be allowed. The fire code official, upon finding any overcrowding conditions or obstructions in aisles, passageways or other means of egress, or upon finding any condition which constitutes a life safety hazard, shall be authorized to cause the event to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is corrected. A structure, building, individual room or designated portion thereof shall be deemed to be overcrowded if the number of occupants exceeds one person per 5 sq. ft of open net floor area of such room or space when fixed seating is not provided. In addition, a structure, building, room or designated portion thereof shall also be deemed overcrowded if the total number of occupants exceeds the exit capacity of the structure, building, room or area involved.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 108

BOARD OF APPEALS

The provisions of Section 108, BOARD OF APPEALS, are not adopted for purposes of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. Local governing authorities may adopt the provisions for local purposes.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 109

VIOLATIONS

*Delete paragraph 109.3 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

109.3 Violation penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of violation of Code Section 25-2-37 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

109.3.1 Abatement of violation. In addition to the imposition of the penalties herein described, the fire code official is authorized to institute appropriate action to prevent unlawful construction or to restrain, correct or abate a violation; or to prevent illegal occupancy of a structure or premises; or to stop an illegal act, conduct of business or occupancy of a structure on or about any premises.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 201

GENERAL

*Delete paragraph 201.3 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

201.3 Terms defined in other codes. Where terms are not defined in this Code and are defined in the International Building Code (IBC),the International Fuel Gas Code (IFC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), or codes and standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, such terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them as in those codes and standards.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 202

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

*Add the following definitions to Section 202:

Day-care Center - A day-care facility subject to licensure or commission by the Department of Human Resources where more than 12 clients receive care.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

Group Day-care Home - A day-care facility subject to licensure or commission by the Department of Human Resources where at least seven but not more than 12 clients receive care.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

Personal Care Home/Assisted Living Facility - Any building or part thereof that is used for the lodging or boarding of seven or more residents, not related by blood or marriage to the owners or operators, for the purpose of providing personal care services.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

Residential Occupancies. Occupancies, as specified in the scope of this standard, include the following, as defined in Chapter 2 of this Code, or the IBC,or by State law, or by the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner:

(1) Apartment buildings, (2) Lodging and rooming houses, (3) Board and care facilities, (4) Hotels, motels, and dormitories, (5) Personal care homes and assisted living facilities , (6) Day-care centers and group day-care homes.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 3

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FIRE

SECTION 303

ASPHALT KETTLES

*Delete paragraph 303.5 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

303.5 Fire Extinguishers. There shall be at least one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 and with a minimum 2-A:40-B:C rating within 25 feet (7620 mm) of each asphalt(tar) kettle during the period such kettle is being utilized, and a minimum of one additional portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 3-A: 40-B: C rating on the roof being covered.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 308

OPEN FLAMES

*Add new exceptions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to paragraph 308.3.7 to read as follows:

Exception #4:

In Group A public assembly occupancies having an occupant load greater than 300, a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet and that are protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, pyrotechnic special effect devices shall be permitted to be used on stages before proximate audiences for ceremonial or religious purposes, as part of a demonstration in exhibits, or as part of a performance, provided that precautions satisfactory to the authority having jurisdiction are taken to prevent ignition of any combustible material and use of the pyrotechnic device complies with NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics before a Proximate Audience, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The ceiling height may be lowered to a minimum of 15 feet upon approval of the authority having jurisdiction having witnessed a demonstration shot of all types of devices being used in the display.

Exception #5:

In Group A public assembly occupancies having an occupant load greater than 300, a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet and that are protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner, flame effects before an audience shall be permitted in accordance with NFPA 160, Standard for Flame Effects Before an Audience, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The ceiling height may be lowered to a minimum of 15 feet upon approval of the authority having jurisdiction having witnessed a demonstration of all types of devices being used in the display.

Exception#6: On stages and platforms as a necessary part of a performance in public assembly occupancies having an occupant load greater than 300, a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet and that are protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The ceiling height may be lowered to a minimum of 15 feet upon approval of the authority having jurisdiction having witnessed a demonstration of all types of devices being used in the display.

Exception#7: In Group A public assembly occupancies having an occupant load greater than 100 with fixed seating, a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet and that have a minimum of two certified fire fighters on site with proper fire fighting equipment as determined by the local fire official, pyrotechnic special effect devices shall be permitted to be used on stages before proximate audiences for ceremonial or religious purposes, as part of a demonstration in exhibits,or as part of a performance, provided that precautions satisfactory to the authority having jurisdiction are taken to prevent ignition ofany combustible material and use of the pyrotechnic device complies with NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics before a Proximate Audience, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The ceiling height may be lowered to a minimum of 15 feet upon approval of the authority having jurisdiction having witnessed a demonstration shot of all types of devices being used in the display.

Exception#8: In public assembly occupancies having an occupant load greater than 100 with fixed seating, a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet and that have a minimum of two certified fire fighters on site with proper fire fighting equipment as determined by the local fire official, flame effects before an audience shall be permitted in accordance with NFPA 160, Standard for Flame Effects Before an Audience, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner. The ceiling height may be lowered to a minimum of 15 feet upon approval of the authority having jurisdiction having witnessed a demonstration of all types of devices being used in the display.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 310

SMOKING

*Delete paragraph 310.1 in its entirety and substitute in its place the following:

310.1 General. The smoking or carrying of a lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette or any other type of smoking paraphernalia or material is prohibited in buildings, structures, or areas, or portions of buildings, structures, or areas, as indicated is this section, or any other section of this Code or in any other code or standard, as adopted the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

*Add a new Section 316 to read as follows:

SECTION 316

LABORATORIES

316.1 General. Laboratories in which chemicals are used shall comply with NFPA 45, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

Exception: Laboratories in I-2 (healthcare) occupancies and in medical and dental offices, which shall comply with NFPA 99, as adopted by the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

CHAPTER 4

EMERGENCY PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS

SECTION 406

EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND RESPONSE PROCEDURES

*Add an exception to paragraph 406.2 to read as follows:

Exception Child care-giver training. A minimum of five hours initial fire safety training and recommendation for receipt of a certificate of merit for successful completion of the training shall be required for all directors, operators and all staff members of day-care centers and group day-care homes. The curriculum for the fire safety training shall receive written approval by the State Fire Marshal's Office and be taught by an instructor registered with the Safety Fire Commissioner's Office. All staff members shall receive this training within 90 days from receipt of a license, being commissioned or the opening of a new center or home. Any new staff member shall receive a minimum of five hours initial fire safety training and recommendation for receipt of a certificate of merit for successful completion of the training within 90 days of employment. In addition, a minimum of two hours fire safety refresher training recommendation for receipt of a certificate of merit for successful completion of the training shall be required for all directors, operators and all staff members of day-care centers and group day-care homes every three years from the date initial training is received. The curriculum for the fire safety refresher training shall receive written approval by the State Fire Marshal's Office and be taught by an instructor registered with the Safety Fire Commissioner's Office.

(Effective January 1, 2007)

SECTION 408

USE AND OCCUPANCY-RELATED REQUIREMENTS

*Add new paragraphs 408.2.3 and 408.2.3.1 to read as follows:

408.2.3 Crowd Managers. Assembly occupancies having occupant loads of 10