Third Party Plan Review, Product Evaluation, Testing and Certification
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…)
Please find the Michigan -Plan Review, Inspection, and label processing letter regarding plan review, inspection, and labeling processes letter for manufactured units in the state of Michigan. The intent of the letter is to help manufacturers and inspection agencies understand the state requirements and avoid project delays. Pay close attention to these guidelines and make proper adjustments as required to avoid having plan review projects and label orders placed on “Hold”.
Please find the following notice as received by Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The State of Michigan’s new code cycle for commercial structures has gone into effect on January 4, 2019. No structure shall be approved or labeled on previous code cycles plan reviews as of the effective date. Exception: Any premanufactured unit signed under contract before the code cycle effective date will be allowed to be constructed under the code in the effect on that date. Such structures (more…)
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…)