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Code Review Committee

Committee Chair: Mark Bussone, Vantage Homes -
Co-Chair: Nick Kachel, Reunion Homes - 

2011 RBC Code Amendments - Adopted 6/2012

Adoption of 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)
Colorado State Statutes provide in part in CRS 12-23-104(a) the State Electrical Board shall be “governed when appropriate by the most current edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). . . .” The State Electrical Board adopted the 2011 NEC in March of 2011 with an implementation date of July 1, 2011. Therefore, the 2011 NEC must be adopted by the Town of Monument by July 1, 2012. By passage of this ordinance, the Town officially adopts the 2011 National Electrical Code.

Adoption of Chapter 13 of the 2009 International Mechanical Code -- Fuel Oil Piping and Storage
Chapter 13 of the 2009 International Mechanical Code establishes criteria for Fuel Oil Piping and Storage. By passage of this ordinance, Chapter 13 of the International Mechanical Code is adopted by the Town.

Amendment to the Flood Plain Code
The current Flood Plain Code provides a definition of Substantial Improvement as: “Any rehabilitation, addition, or other improvements to a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the structure, before the improvement is started. Project costs for permitted activities are counted cumulatively over the previous 2-year period from the date of application for a new permit. Permitted activities not completed must also be considered as part of the 2-year cost total.” The Amendment will remove the language “Project costs for permitted activities are counted cumulatively over the previous 2-year period from the date of application for a new permit. Permitted activities not completed must also be considered as part of the 2-year cost total” from the first paragraph.

Amendment to Fee Schedule to Establish Flat Fee for Reroofs
The 2011 RBC will be amended to establish a flat fee of $135.00 for every residential reroof in Regional Building’s jurisdiction, rather than a fee established by the cost of the reroof job.

Disband Electrical Committee and Create MEP Committee
The RBC currently requires an Electrical Committee to be primarily responsible for the review of all applicants for registration and the performance of work done under the Electrical Code. The Code also establishes a Mechanical and Plumbing Committee that consists of similar members as the Electrical Committee. The Code amendment combines the Mechanical and Plumbing Committee and the Electrical Committee into a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Committee consisting of the following seven (7) members: A Professional Engineer; an Architect; an Electrical Contractor; a Licensed Mechanical Contractor A; Building Contractor A, B, or C; a Master Plumber licensed by the State of Colorado; and a Citizen at Large.

Energy Code-

2009 IECC - RBD approved Third Party Performance Path Testing Companies
Energy Logic
Burgess Construction Consultants.
EnerSmart Energy Solutions LLC
Lightly Treading, LLC

2011 Regional Building Code Implementation- 

 The codes can be viewed at:

2011 National Electrical Code

RBD has adopted the 2011 NEC with an implementation date July 1, 2012.  The electrical code that RBD adopts is the State adopted code and comes with requirements of implementation within one year from the State adoption date.  The 2011 NEC without amendments was adopted by the State Electrical Board without amendments in July of 2011.  Dean Wemmer the Chief Electrical Inspector will address the significant changes to the 2011 NEC at the June 19th Code Review Committee. 

2011 NEC Highlights
2011 NEC will be in effect July 1, 2012
1) 110.24. Marking of service equipment for the available fault current in other than dwelling
units. Service equipment will now require field markings of the available fault current and
the date the calculation was made. When any modifications are made that effect the
available fault current, the fault current must be recalculated to insure the equipment
rating is sufficient and relabeled to reflect the changes.
2) 200.7 (C) (1). Reidentifying the white or gray conductor for 3-Way or 4-Way switch loops.
The white or gray conductor can only be reidentified and used only as the supply to the
switch, not as a return from the switch to the outlet.
3) 210.8 (B) (5) Ex. No 2. Required GFCI protection for patient bed locations of general
care and critical care areas of health care facilities. These areas have been excluded
from this requirement due to the possibility of life sustaining equipment being connected
to these receptacles. GFCI protection is still required for exam rooms and dental offices
where continuity of power is not the primary concern.
4) 210.8 (B) (6). Other than dwelling units. New requirement for GFCI protection for
receptacles installed in wet locations indoors.
5) 210.12 (A) Ex. No. 1. Type M/C cable has been added to the list of approved raceways
to the first outlet that would then allow the installation of an outlet branch circuit type AFCI
at the first outlet to protect the remaining portion of the circuit. *****Note. Outlet branch
circuit AFCI devices are not available at this time. These devices will be required to be
available by January 1, 2014. This is due to the new requirement for replacement
receptacles in 406.4 (D) (4)*****
6) 210.12 (B). Branch circuit extensions and modifications in dwelling units. This new
requirement now allows the use of the AFCI breaker or an outlet branch circuit AFCI
device for protection of the modified or extended circuit. It should be noted that the outlet
branch circuit AFCI receptacle does need to be installed at the first receptacle in the
7) 210.52(E) (3). The exception for the minimum size of deck or balcony that requires a
receptacle has been deleted. Now all decks, balconies, and porches, regardless of size
that are accessible from inside the home must have a receptacle within the perimeter of
the deck or balcony.
8) 210.52 (I). New requirement for receptacles in dwelling unit foyers. Foyers of at least
60sqft that are not part of a hallway in accordance with 210.52 (H) will require one
receptacle for each wall space of 3ft or more in width unbroken by doors or windows.
9) 225.27. Sealing of raceways entering a building from underground are now required to be sealed where they enter the building. This is for branch circuits and feeders. This requirement coincides with the existing requirement for service conduits. *****This is not the same type sealing required for hazardous locations. It can be accomplished with duct-seal*****
10) 240.15 (B) (3). Utilizing single pole breakers for line to line loads with identified handle ties. The new limitation in this section is that the single pole breakers for line to line loads can only be used where the voltage to ground does not exceed 120-volts.
11) 240.87. New requirement for non-instantaneous trip breakers. This requirement is to provide for reduced arc-flash exposure with non-instantaneous trip breakers. One of the three ways or other approved equivalent means shall be provided. 1) Zone Selective Interlocking. 2) Differential Relaying. And 3) Energy reducing maintenance switching. *****If you have an analysis of changes or Handbook, it would be worth reading the commentary to familiarize yourself with what these 3 options are and how they work.*****
12) 404.2. Where switches control lighting loads supplied by a grounded general purpose branch circuit, that branch circuit grounded (neutral) conductor must be brought to the switch location. This is to provide for the installation of occupancy sensors or similar devices that require standby power. In the past, this small amount of current was introduced on the equipment grounding conductors. While a very small amount of current, when many occupancy sensors are installed, these currents can build. This new requirement is to place the current on the grounded (neutral) conductor and not on the equipment grounding conductors. *****Please review this code section for the 2 exceptions*****
13) 406.9. For other than dwelling units, receptacles installed in wet locations where supported from grade (posts or conduit mounted per 314.23 (B) and (F) the covers shall be identified as “extra-duty” type.
14) 406.13 & 406.14. Tamper resistant receptacles have been added to Guest Rooms and Guest Suites in 406.13, and in Child Care facilities in 406.14.
15) 408.4 (B). In other than one and two family dwellings, all panelboards and switchboards supplied by a feeder shall be field marked as to the device or equipment where the power supply originates.
16) 445.19. Generators supplying more than one load or multiple generators operating in parallel shall be permitted to supply either one of the following: 1) They terminate in a switchboard with individual disconnects for each load, or 2) They supply individual enclosures with overcurrent protection tapped from a single feeder from the generator for load separation and distribution if the generator(s) is provided with overcurrent protection meeting the requirements of 240.15. *****This new requirement prevents tapping a tap*****
17) 450.14. Transformers other than Class 2 or 3, shall have a disconnecting means located either in sight of the transformer or in a remote location. If in a remote location it must be lockable and the location shall be field marked on the transformer.
18) 514.11 (A). (Emergency Controls) Each circuit leading to or thru dispensing equipment, including all associated power, communications, data, and video circuits and equipment for remote pumping systems, shall be provided with a clearly identified and readily accessible switch or other approved means located remote from the dispensing devices, to disconnect simultaneously from their source of supply, all conductors of the circuits including the grounded conductor if any.
19) 514.13. Maintenance and Service Disconnect. Similar language was added to this section to also disconnect simultaneously the communication, data, and video circuits.
20) 517.16. Isolated ground receptacles shall not be permitted to be installed in patient care areas.
21) 517.18 (A). Branch circuits service patient bed locations shall not be permitted to be part of a multi-wire branch circuit. *****This change is a result of the 2008 NEC requirement for multi-wire branch circuits using single pole breakers to have identified handle ties. The 2008 change had the undesirable consequence of having the circuits in the patient bed locations being shut off at the same time if one circuit tripped or needed to be worked on where multi-wire circuits were installed*****
22) 680.26 (B) (7). Bonding around pools and outdoor hot tubs. This section specifically added the bonding of metal windows and doors to the tub or pool that are within 5ft of the inside wall of the pool or tub.
23) 680.73. Hydromassage bathtubs that are cord and plug connected shall have the receptacle face in direct view of the access and be within 1ft of the opening.
24) 680.74. Where the pump of a Hydromassage bathtub is of the double insulated type, bonding of the pump motor is not required. The revision to this section now requires a #8 solid bonding conductor be installed at the pump location in the event that the double insulated motor may be replaced in the future with a non-double insulated motor and would require bonding.
25) 690.4 (F). Routing of PV source or output conductors inside a building or structure shall be routed with along building structural members such as beams, rafters, trusses, and columns, where the location of those structural members can be determined by observation. Also where these circuits are imbedded in a built up, laminate roof and not covered by PV panels, or associated equipment, the location of the circuits shall be clearly marked.*****This requirement if for first responders who may need to cut holes in the structure during a fire so they are not cutting into the PV circuits*****
26) 690.4 (H). New labeling requirement for multiple interactive inverters installed on a single building or structure. Unless all inverters and PV DC disconnects and the main service disconnect are all grouped in one location, then each of these must have a directory installed identifying where all ac, dc and PV disconnecting means are located.
27) 690.11. New requirement for DC Arc Fault Circuit protection. This requires dc source circuits, dc output circuits, or both, on or penetrating the building and operating at a PV system voltage of 80 volts or greater, shall be protected by a listed (DC) arc-fault circuit interrupter. ***** Please review this section for its specific requirements*****
28) 694. New Article for small wind systems.
Contact Dean Wemmer at RBD with any questions you may have.

Governor’s Appointments to State Boards and Commissions 

The Examining Board of Plumbers grants licenses to plumbers, and amends and enforces rules and regulations
for the examination and licensure of plumbers. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The
member appointed with term expiring July 1, 2013:
• James Vernon of Fountain, a Republican and member or employee of a local government agency
conducting plumbing inspections.

Colorado Springs Fire Department

Construction Services Hours
Construction Services-
Hours of Operation – Monday thru Friday 7:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm- 4:30pm
Closed from 12:00pm- 1:00pm
Walk-thru Reviews
Walk thru hours for construction and water
Monday and Wednesday - 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday- 8:00am- 12:00pm

The next regularly scheduled Code Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 21st at 7:15am for for coffee.
If you are interested in sponsoring breakfast any of our meetings please contact 


Remodelers Council

Chair:  Nathan Liljestrand -
Co Chair: Kristin Fausnaugh -

Builder Member of the Year Award

The 5th annual Remodeler of the Year award will be presented in February 2013 for work an individual did in 2012.

Intent of the Award: To reward an individual for their contributions and service towards the betterment of the housing and building industry and the community of Colorado Springs for the year in which the nomination has been made. Nominations for the [Remodeler] Member of the Year Award are open to current members of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (one year minimum membership). This award is given in consideration for the service a Member has given to our industry. 

The Awards Committee is asking for 3 recommendations on who should receive the award this year and will meet in October.

Judging Criteria:
• Association and Membership Activities: Spike credits/recruitment /retention activities, Committee/Council leadership and participation, Board of Directors involvement, HBA Offices held, Legislative/PAC Involvement, Special projects/accomplishments, and/or Recognition and awards

• NAHB / Industry Accomplishments & Activities: Professional certifications, Membership and Participation in professional organizations, Industry Recognition and Awards, Legislative / Political Activity, Continuing education / professional, Articles published/seminars taught, and/or Other professional involvement

• Civic / Community Activities: Community service projects, charitable activities and Support, Support of Youth Organizations, Community Involvement, and/or Other Items of Importance.

Contact Marla at with recommendations

NAHB Designations

In a three-course program, CAPS teaches the strategies and techniques for marketing, designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. Going beyond universal design. CAPS also addresses the communication and technical needs of the older adult market. The CAPS designation program adds value to that knowledge by providing insights into marketing and working with this demographic group.
Contact if you are interested in CAPS or any other NAHB

2012 Remodelers Council BBQ 

We had a great turn out for the BBQ.
Thank you to our 2012 Remodelers Council BBQ sponsors!  
Rampart Supply, C & C Sand and Stone, Budco Electric and J & M Cleaning

Also a huge thank you to DuraClean Master Cleaners for the AWESOME pulled pork with all the fixins and Holladay Bros Construction for the Summer Brews!

2013 Remodeled Homes Tour

 If you are interested in sitting on the committee to help plan for the 2013 RHTplease contact Marla Novak at  

Second Lead Paint Bill Introduced in Congress - 6/7/12

The next Remodelers Council meeting will be held Thursday, September 13th at Pella Windows. Paul Vander Ploeg will be hosting the fieldtrip for the group!
If you would like to sponsor a meeting or host a fieldtrip please contact Marla Novak at

Congressman Sullivan Introduces Bill to Improve Lead Paint Rule for Remodelers
6/7/12- Congressmen John Sullivan (R-Okla.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 5911, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, to improve the lead paint rule for remodelers who must comply with the costly work practices and record keeping requirements of the rule.
H.R. 5911 is companion legislation to S.2148 introduced in March and responds to concerns from NAHB Remodelers and affiliated trade groups about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting (LRRP) rule.
The EPA’s LRRP rule, which took effect on April 22, 2010, requires that remodelers and contractors working in homes built before 1978 be trained and certified by the EPA on lead-safe work practices before they can legally work in those homes.
The bi-partisan bill was introduced with additional co-sponsors including Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.)

“Congressmen Sullivan, Murphy, and their colleagues are to be commended for sponsoring this legislation that will not only make the EPA’s lead paint rule more workable, but continue to protect pregnant women and small children,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR, a remodeler from Elm Grove, La. “Along with S. 2148, this legislation shows that there is support in Congress for improving the lead paint rule to make it easier for homeowners and lead-safe certified renovators who are working to comply with this overly burdensome regulation.”

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 will:
• Reinstate the opt-out provision to allow home owners without small children or pregnant women residing in them to decide whether to require LRRP compliance, not the government.
• Suspend the LRRP if EPA does not approve a commercially available test kit that meets the regulation’s requirements.
• Allow remodelers the “right to cure” paperwork errors found during an inspection.
• Eliminate the “hands on” recertification training requirements.
• Prohibit EPA from expanding the LRRP to commercial and public buildings until at least one year after the agency conducts a study demonstrating the need for such an action.
• Clarify the definition of “abatement” to specifically exclude remodeling and renovation activities.
• Provide an exemption to the regulation for emergency renovations.

To learn more about lead paint legislation, email Courtney Flezzani at NAHB or call her 800-368-5242, x8459.
For additional information about lead paint rule enforcement and compliance, visit