New rules will only affect new homes or those looking to gain permits
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/14/2013 -- The Neosho City Council has voted on the reading Tuesday evening to enhance several city codes to meet the current regulations they fall under.
John Harrington, the city's code enforcement officer, stated that the proposed changes to the codes would include the building, mechanical, and electrical ordinances that came about after a review of International Organization for Standardization.
"Currently, we use a 2003 building code and a 2002 national electric code," Harrington said. "That, for the ISO review, is out of date. They like for each city to be in at least two revisions of the current code."
He stated that the current does for the city is in the 2012 version, and that the go under regular revisions every three years.
Harrington also proposed that the city update the 2009 version, which made the city capable of allowing its codes to fall within the ISO requirement, while at simultaneously minimizing the amount of overall changes that would be required for the city codes.
Harrington said that he had appealed to the ISO's finding, which allowed the review to be put aside for a year, and gave the city ample time to correct any found problems.
He noted that the changes are not set to affect homeowners unless they begin work that requires city permits. Those who do fall under that category will have certain updated rules imposed and would need to meet the new standards as written.
He said that many of the requirement additions and expansions relate to conservation of energy.
"Where a lot of the changes are, as we go up through the years, is going to be more geared towards energy efficiency," Harrington said.
He added that all new homes will be required to have programmable thermostats, and at least 50% of the light bulbs that are installed in homes will be required to be at least CFL or energy efficient bulbs.
Changes would also include a requirement for each new home (or one seeking permit) that has an attached garage to use fossil fuel must install a monoxide detector.
Said Harrington, "I want people to know we're not implementing codes that they're going to have to go out here and spend a lot of money on," Hart added. "If someone's getting a permit, that's when this comes into effect."
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