State: Ohio

Ohio Board of Building Standards – public hearing in accordance with Chapter 119

**Meeting CANCELLED**

The Ohio Board of Building Standards will convene for a public hearing in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Revised Code at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 27, 2020 in Hearing Room #1, at 6606 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit testimony on proposed changes to select rules of the Administrative Code identified as Amendments Group XCVIII (98) and XCIX (99) pursuant to Chapters 119., 3781., 3783., 3791., and 4104. of the Revised Code.  The proposed changes affect the Ohio Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes. (more…)

Ohio received Petition 20-01 from the Ohio Electrical Coalition

The following code alert as received from NEMA. The Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) received a request to update the edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) referenced in the Ohio Building Code from the 2017 to the 2020 edition. Prior to consideration, the Board directed staff to conduct a stakeholder meeting and education forum on the changes included in the 2020 edition and their potential impact if adopted. Comments and input from stakeholders impacted by the changes will be recorded and considered by the Board’s Code Committee. A Stakeholder Meeting and Education Forum on the 2020 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) will be held on March 9, 2020, all interested stakeholders are invited to attend. (more…)

Ohio Board of Building Standards Stakeholder Meeting/Education Forum – 2020 NEC

On January 30, 2020, the Board received Petition 20-01 from the Ohio Electrical Coalition requesting the Board update the edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) referenced in the Ohio Building Code from the 2017 to the 2020 edition.  Prior to consideration of the Petition, the Board directed staff to conduct a stakeholder meeting and education forum on the changes included in the 2020 edition and their potential impact if adopted.  Representatives from the Ohio Electrical Coalition will provide an overview of the changes and respond to questions. (more…)

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…)

Ohio Board of Building Standards adopted the 2019 update to the Residential Code

The Board of Building Standards adopted the 2019 update to the Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) based on the 2018 International Residential Code effective July 1, 2019. A free view of the electronic version of 2019 RCO is now available on Ohio’s bookshelf on the International Code Council’s website: https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/OH. The 2019 RCO in rule form with a detailed summary is also available on the (more…)

Ohio – The board adopted the update to the Residential Code of Ohio (R.C.O.)

The following Ohio Department of Commerce BBS February 2019 Newsletter was recieved. The newsletter includes a reminder for the update to the Residential Code of Ohio Dec. 14, the board adopted the update to the Residential Code of Ohio (R.C.O.) based on the 2018 International Residential Code effective July 1, 2019. The new code can be viewed here. The newsletter also specified that renovations of the board meeting rooms at (more…)

Ohio 2019 Residential Code that will be effective July 1, 2019

The new 2019 Residential Code of Ohio that will be effective July 1, 2019. Please note, there is no transition/overlap period. Documents containing designs approved per the 2013 RCO/2014 NEC/2009 IECC will expire on July 1, 2019. Applications submitted to local officials for one to three family I.U.’s on or after July 1, 2019, documents must be approved per the 2019 RCO, 2017, OPC (as modified in RCO Section 2501.1.1), 2018 IECC, (including (more…)

Ohio Notice of Code Update and Rule Changes

Please find the notification below as received from the Ohio Board of Building Standard. At its meeting on December 14, 2018, the Board of Building Standards adopted the update to the Residential Code of Ohio based on 2018 International Residential Code effective July 1, 2019.  Additionally, the Board adopted amendments to the Certification rules effective April 1, 2019. The final adopted rules with detailed summaries can be found at the links provided in the (more…)

Ohio Board of Building Standards November Newsletter – Points of Interest

The code topic of the month addresses the long-standing requirement for elevator hoistway ventilation, previously found in Section 3004 of the 2011 Ohio Building Code (OBC), which has been removed with the adoption of the 2017 OBC. This change was part of a national coordinated effort between the American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and the International Code Council model building code, the International Building Code (IBC). You can view the full article below: (more…)

Ohio Notice of Public Hearing and Proposed Amendment

Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Ohio Board of Building Standards will convene for a public hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 9, 2018 in Hearing Room #1, at 6606 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit testimony on proposed actions taken on select rules of the Administrative Code, identified as Amendments Group XCVII (97) pursuant to Chapters 119., 3781., 3791., and 4104. of the Revised Code. (more…)

Ohio Amendments to Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes and Boiler Rules
On July 13, the board adopted amendments to the Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes and Boiler rules effective Aug. 1, 2018. The board initiated the rule change process in December 2017 and the rules have been available in draft form on the board’s website. The final adopted rules, with detailed summaries, can be found at the following links:

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Ohio Board of Building Standards have adopted some amendments

Ohio Board of Building Standards adopted amendments to the Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes and Boiler rules. At its meeting on July 13, 2018, the Board of Building Standards adopted amendments to the Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes and Boiler rules (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…)

Ohio Board of Building Standards – Amendments to Residential Code

The Board recently adopted amendments to the Residential Code of Ohio (R.C.O.) effective Jan. 1, 2018. A summary of the changes and the amended rules can be reviewed here. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Board adopted amendments to the Elevator Rules, including updating the ASME A 17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators from the 2010 to the 2016 edition. A summary of the changes and the amended rules can be (more…)

Ohio Board of Building Standards adopted amendments

Ohio Board of Building Standards adopted amendments to the Residential Code of Ohio, Elevator rules and Certification rules effective January 1, 2018. The Residential Code of Ohio Rules amended the following sections: Administration (4101:8-1-01), Floors (4101:8-5-01), Wall construction (4101:8-6-01) and Referenced (more…)