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The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho

A Residential Construction Trade Association Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Government Issues

 

2009 Code Enforecement:

Effective July 1st 2011

Ada County Development Services will only accept plans designed using the 2009 editions of International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code and/or the International Wildland Urban Interface Code as amended by Ada County Ordinance 781.

Residential One- and Two-family Dwellings will require Duct blaster test and Balancing reports to be received prior to final inspection.

Where work requiring a permit occurs in existing dwellings that have attached garages or in existing dwellings within which fuel-fired appliances exist, carbon monoxide alarms complying with UL 2034 shall be provided and installed pursuant to the manufacturer's installation instructions. This includes Mechanical Permits. IRC 315

Ord. 781 2009


Boise HVAC Update:
 

As part of this code adoption, it came to the attention of Boise City that there were provisions found in the Energy Conservation Code and Residential Code that were not being actively enforced by the city. These requirements include performing plan review of residential mechanical systems and the testing of residential systems for compliance with energy conservation standards. Read More


Change in OSHA Residential Fall Protection Enforcement:

April 8, 2011

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance on Fall Protection in Residential Construction to help employers prevent fall-related injuries and deaths among residential construction workers.Data shows that falls are the leading cause of death for workers involved in residential construction.

OSHA issued the Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction in December 2010 to require that residential construction employers provide workers with fall protection according to OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction standard. This new document demonstrates work methods employers may use to comply with the standard’s requirements.

Directed primarily to those working on new construction, the document describes safety methods employers can implement during stages of construction. Methods for preventing fall-related injuries and deaths include using anchors for personal fall arrest systems and fall restraints, safety net systems, guardrails, ladders, and scaffolds for activities such as installing roof sheathing, weatherproofing a roof, and installing walls and subfloors, among others.

OSHA’s Residential Fall Protection Web page includes a fact sheet, and questions and answers about requirements for protecting workers from fall hazards. Additionally, the Safety and Health Topics Web page on Fall Protection – Construction provides a list of references to help employers identify fall hazards and possible solutions for eliminating such hazards. OSHA is continuing to develop additional resources to help employers protect residential workers’ safety and health.

Should you have any questions or need assistance please contact the OSHA Boise Area Office at 208-321-2960.