Code Adoption Progresses in the South
This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.
Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA
Several states in the southern region have completed the code update process, while others have just begun the development cycle. Following is a brief look at the code adoption progress in select states.
- North Carolina: The 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC) went into effect on April 1, 2016.
- South Carolina: The 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes) and 2014 NEC take effect on July 1, 2016.
- Alabama: The 2014 NEC, 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code take effect on October 1, 2016.
- Oklahoma: The 2015 IRC takes effect on November 1, 2016.
- Louisiana: The Louisiana Uniform Construction Code Council has assembled several technical committees to review and recommend adoption of the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC. Work is expected to be completed by October 2016. The anticipated effective date of the updated code is January 1, 2017.
- Florida: The Florida Building Commission has adopted the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC as the base codes for the development of the sixth edition of the Florida Building Code. Technical advisory committees will review proposed code modifications and public comments. Work is expected to continue through 2016 and conclude in late 2017. The anticipated effective date of the updated code is December 31, 2017.
- Virginia: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has assembled four working groups to review and recommend adoption of the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC. Work is expected to continue through all of 2016 and most of 2017. The anticipated effective date of the updated code is March 1, 2018.
NEMA field representatives promote the use and adoption of the electrical, life safety, and energy conservation standards and monitor regional developments that are significant to the electroindustry. Activities include offering public comment at code adoption hearings, providing technical documentation to regulatory agencies, and supporting local associations and organizations impacted by delayed code adoption.
For up-to-date code adoption information in all 50 states and to subscribe to the NEMA code alerts email service, visit www.nema.org/technical/code-alerts.
View NEC adoption maps, commercial energy codes adoption by state, and other resources at www.nema.org/technical/fieldreps.