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…)
The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission has published Notice of a Rulemaking Hearing for October 11, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The hearing regarding the proposed rules in 675 IAC 14-4.3, which repeals and replaces the 2005 Indiana Residential Code with an amended version of the 2018 International Residential Code to govern construction of Class 2 structures.
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…)