By Tanna Friday
For The Tribune
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville City Council heard from the city’s building inspector, Asa Sargent, about some significant changes to the 2015 editions of the International Codes regarding construction at a workshop Monday evening. The changes included nine codes titled building, residential, existing building, energy, fuel gas, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and the 2014 national electrical code.
Most construction is required by law to comply with state and local building codes, and most jurisdictions that enforce a building code have adopted one or more of the International Codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).
The Council’s consideration of this ordinance is to repeal the 2009 edition of the International Building Code published by the ICC and adopt the 2015 edition of the International Building Code during the regular council meeting.
Mayor William Isley, Jr. asked Sargent if the 2015 editions would provide the citizens of Springville with a lower Insurance Service Office (ISO) insurance rate. Sargent responded that property owners would benefit from adoption of current codes with possible premium discounts for property insurance through Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule overseen by the ISO.
Following the workshop and a public hearing, the Council moved to their regular council meeting and adopted the ordinance 2017-08 approving the 2015 building codes.