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As of January 1st 2011 Boise City along with all of the other jurisdictions that adopt building codes, followed the states lead and adopted parts of the 2009 IRC international Residential Building Code. The last code was the 2006 IRC which was implemented in the same year. Plumbers use their own code 2003 UPC and electricians use their own code 2008 UEC, there are fire codes, mechanical codes, and energy codes to navigate as well. Thankfully the inspectors in this city are fantastic. As long as it is clear that they are not the enemy, they do a great job of mentoring. Why they all don’t use the same one is a bit of a mystery to me, that is another story.
Us remodelers got spared most of the changes the new construction companies are subjected to, many of which involve mechanical things like ducting and proper sizing oh HVAC systems. In fact the HVAC contractors were pretty worried about all of the things they have to be responsible for. It includes blower door testing for new homes. Seems the government wants us to have much more energy efficient homes. You can read all of the updates here or see the Boise City website for updated documents and requirements.
Areas that effect Levco include framing upgrades and lots about trusses. Including Carbon Monoxide detectors outside of bedrooms along with smoke detectors. Thankfully there are some good dual acting units on the market now. All in all I am seeing some strong progress in the insulation division as well as mandating energy efficiency as well as eliminating heat loss through shabby workmanship.
Boise City also requires us to install egress size windows when possible whenever changing out windows in bedrooms. This includes above ground applications.
As far as plumbing is concerned I discovered something that bares a mention. I was under the mistaken belief that toilets that are the old high water 3GPF (Gallons Per Flush) usage were outlawed. “RONG” sort of. They are outlawed to be manufactured so they are essentially no longer available. This means you can’t install them in new residents… If you pull one out however, and relocate it or want to reinstall it… you are allowed to reuse it. The question that comes to mind is why you would want to n light of the water savings provided by the newer technology.
The truth is the the 1.6 GPF ones are working fantastically now and they are perfecting even more water conscious ones that work well. Initially they had problems clearing the tank and there was concern that there was not enough water flowing to keep material headed towards the sewage treatment plants. Turns out that was a myth. I just saw a .8 GPF toilet for sale at the supply house. Don’t forget the dual flushers, we just installed some that use .8 GPF for liquids and 1.6 GPF for solids and the report is that they can handle the business.
Special thanks to Perry E Paine for helping with this post
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