State: Arizona

Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Arizona adopted the 2018 International Codes

Please find the notification below as received from NEMA. The City of Tucson adopted the 2018 International (I) Codes as well as the 2017 National Electrical Code, at the October 9, 2018 public hearing. Tucson is currently on the 2012 I-codes and the 2011 NEC, so they are skipping the 2015 I-codes and 2014 NEC and are adopting the most current editions. The new codes will be effective in Tucson on January 1, 2019. Please note, this is not applicable to Factory Built Buildings. Communication (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)