More Voters Leads to Better Codes

Fire sprinkler mandates will stay in the International Residential Code, but builders and developers will see other construction cost savings after more than 162,000 votes were cast for 577 proposals on the ballot for the International Code Council’s 2016 Online Governmental Consensus Vote, which ended Nov. 27.

After weeks of phone calls and personal visits, NAHB members were successful in pushing the results to reflect the point of view of the code official, rather than that of the product manufacturer.

“This shows the value of our association as the consistent voice for safe, cost-effective construction – and being the voice for home buyers,” said NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards Chairman Phil Hoffman.

The preliminary results await a January audit and confirmation by the ICC Board of Directors. Here are the highlights of changes to the 2018 editions.

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