International Codes adoptions update
In June, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney hosted a ceremonial signing of an ordinance that adopts the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) into law for commercial construction. The new order — which will take effect in October 2018 — will make new commercial and multifamily buildings within Philadelphia more efficient and safer.
International Code Council government relations staff worked closely with Philadelphia’s Chief Code Official Michael Fink who was influential in the city’s adoption of the new building code. “I’m proud of our collaboration with the International Code Council and our elected officials at the state and city levels,” Fink said. “We are excited to see the city of Philadelphia take the necessary steps to make building safety and efficiency a priority. We have not adopted new codes since 2009 and I’m very confident that the 2018 IBC will address the problems we experienced due to following the outdated code.”
Philadelphia joins Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Louis, Mo.; Gillette, Wyo.; and Live Oak, Odessa, and San Antonio, Texas, as some of the first jurisdictions to adopt some or all of the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes).
On July 1, the 2018 IBC and International Property Maintenance Code went into effect as the state codes for South Dakota. In April, the state of Washington adopted portions of the 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code by statute. Recently, Jamaica agreed to update its building codes to the I-Codes and the U.S. Virgin Islands adopted the 2018 International Building, Residential, Fire, Mechanical, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, and Swimming Pool and Spa Codes.
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