The State Fire Marshal’s office will hold a Rulemaking Hearing to adopt the 2012 editions of codes on August 19 at 10am/CDT in Room 1-A of the Davy Crockett Tower.
The AIA TN representative, Bill Steffenhagen, AIA, participated in a strategic committee of various stakeholders organizations formed by the State Fire Marshal’s office to assist in recommending an edition of the currently adopted codes to the Commissioner for the Department of Commerce and Insurance. This committee was advisory only and not based on any statutory or delegated authority from the General Assembly. Adoption of an updated edition of the International Residential Code was not under the purview of this committee. The committee was able to reach a consensus on the following recommendations:
- It is recommended that the State Fire Marshal’s Office adopt the 2012 IBC, 2012 IFC, and 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (for buildings currently required to comply with this code), and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); and,
- The State Fire Marshal’s Office should strive in the future to adopt the 2018 editions of these codes after there has been a thorough review of the changes and the Code Edition Advisory Committee has reconvened to discuss the impact of those changes.
The above recommendations are supported by the following facts:
- Contractors are more familiar with the 2012 editions of these codes;
- The vast majority of counties and municipalities across Tennessee that enforce codes have adopted or will be adopting the 2012 editions;
- The Department of Health has adopted the 2012 editions of the codes for facilities under its purview; and,
- It is better for all industries for all of the state’s jurisdictions to have the most uniform codes possible without amendments.