This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry.
Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA
Code adoption activity in the south will continue through the remainder of this year and is expected to remain vibrant in 2017.
The Florida Building Commission scheduled a rule development workshop on December 13, 2016, to complete the final draft of the sixth edition (2017) Florida Building Code. The updated code includes the 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes) and 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC). The new code will go into effect on December 31, 2017.
The Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council unanimously adopted the 2014 NEC in July. The updated edition was adopted as published, with no state or local amendments. Upon approval by the state legislature, the 2014 NEC is expected to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The 2015 I-Codes are also expected to go into effect on that date.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance held a rulemaking hearing to adopt the 2011 NEC on September 27, 2016. The updated code is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2017. The update to the 2012 I-Codes went into effect in August.
The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development held a code adoption hearing on September 19, 2016, to review the first draft of the 2015 Virginia Construction Code. The updated code includes the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC. Several additional code hearings will be held in 2017. The current timeline indicates an effective date of March 1, 2018 for the new code.
Georgia and Texas are expected to begin the code adoption process early next year to update to the 2017 NEC. A review of code adoption activity in these two states will be provided in the February 2017 issue of this magazine.
For up-to-date code adoption information in all 50-states, subscribe to the NEMA Code Alerts email service at www.nema.org/technical/code-alerts.
View the current NEC and energy code adoption maps and informational spreadsheets at www.nema.org/technical/fieldreps.Read the October 2016 issue of electroindustry.