Category Archives: Codes & Regulations

Information on codes and regulations that effect architecture in New Jersey.

IBC and IRC Code Seminars Registration Open

AIA 2016 Code Hdr

The second set of code seminars to highlight the changes of the transition from the 2009 IBC/IRC Codes to the 2015 IBC/IRC Codes is set for February 3rd and 4th, 2016.  Registration is open, the September sessions sold out quickly, seating for these sessions are limited, reserve your spot today.

Find out more information and Register online.


AIA 2016 CodeInfo

Additional Dates AIANJ Code Seminar

AIANJ Code Seminar – Additional Sessions Dates

The scheduled seminars for the adopted 2015 International Building Codes and the 2014 National Electric Code are sold out for next week.  A second set of the seminars are in the process of being scheduled now.

Save the Dates:   February 3rd & 4th, 2016

Registration will be open soon, if you were unable to attend the September seminars please call AIANJ and we will put you on the reserve list to be one of the first to register for the February sessions,  Please call:  609-393-5690

AIA 2016 Code Seminar STD

AIANJ Code Seminar – Space Limited

Update 9/1/2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, session SOLD OUT

Space still available in Wednesday, September 23, 2015, session.   Reserve your spot today.
AIA 2015 Code Seminar Invite 3.2


DCA Launches Electronic Plan Review System

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) has two upcoming webinars scheduled for those interested in learning more about the newly launched ePlans.  See more information below or go to

NJ Department of Community Affairs Launches New Electronic
Plan Review System
Online System Streamlines and Modernizes the State’s Plan Review Process
The DCA is offering webinars for anyone interested in learning how the ePlans online application and upload process works.
September 16, 2015


October 14, 2015


Both webinars run from
10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

American Dream Project 
East Rutherford, NJ
“The ePlans system has many great benefits including the ease of filing for plan review. The system saves money both in printing and in space requirements and eliminates multiple bundles of hard copy plans to print and deliver.”
Tom Valente, Construction Manager
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
“The electronic filing system has been terrific for us. The comments come in a cleaner form, are well organized, and the change marks require very little clarification.  It truly has made our jobs easier from this end.”
Anthony Cappuccio, President Boardwalk Design and Development
Campus Town
Ewing, NJ
“It’s great to have so much information available, especially about the status of the review. Staff was really helpful whenever there was a question and got back to us quickly.”
Lynda Rothermel, Campus Architect
The College of New Jersey
Dear Industry Partner:
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) has launched ePlans, a new web-based electronic plan review system, which eliminates paper-based building and code review processes and reduces the amount of time between plan submission and final approval.
We invite you to attend an informational webinar to learn more about ePlans and how you can benefit from using the new system. The webinar is being offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 16, 2015 and October 14, 2015.
ePlans provides a number of benefits and cost-saving measures for both the building community and the Department including:
       24-hour access to the system from any computer
       Elimination of the need for paper plans to be manually printed and delivered
       Reduced printing costs
       Transparency and auditability
       Reduced turn-around time to review plans
The Department will require mandatory usage of the ePlans system by December 31, 2015.
ePlans will be extended to all building projects that require plans from a licensed architect or engineer. When a citizen (architect, engineer, contractor, owner) submits an application for a construction or land use permit requiring drawing plans and other documents, the Bureau of Construction Project Review will use ePlans to complete the initial review. Required changes are noted on the files and then communicated to the applicant, who can re-submit corrected plans electronically, 24/7, from the convenience of any computer. The review cycle continues until all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and the DCA grants approval for the plans.
For more information about accessing DCA’s ePlans system, or to register for the upcoming ePlans webinar, visit:
Click here to download a digital version of the ePlans brochure.
Please feel free to share this invitation with interested parties.
For More Information:
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Division of Codes and Standards, Bureau of Construction Project Review, State Buildings Unit

2015 Code Seminar Update – Register now

New Jersey has adopted the 2015 IBC and 2015 IRC – this seminar will overview the changes from the current 2009 codes.

Register now, space is limited.

Update 9/1/2015:  Tuesday, September 22, 2015, seminar SOLD OUT

Save the Date: IBC & IRC Code Seminars

New Jersey Adopts the 2015 International Codes and the 2014 National Electrical Code

The Governor’s Office has approved publication of the Notice of Adoption. The 2015 Codes expect to be formally adopted on September 8, 2015

What: AIA NJ will be hosting TWO SEPARATE all day seminars covering significant changes to The International Residential Code & The International Building Code.

When: Tuesday September 22 : 2015 IBC Transition from the 2009 IBC | Wednesday September 23 : 2015 IRC Transition from the 2009 IRC

Where: The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ

Why: Two code cycles, six years, hundreds of changes…

Are you prepared?


Southern New Jersey Development Council Environmental Remediation Seminar

SNJDC Environmental Remediation Seminar
August 13th @ Atlantic Cape Community College

Click here for more information or to register.SNJDC Meeting Notice 081315

ArchiPAC Update- Race for the ArchiCUP!

ArchiPac_2015AdvocateThe Convention in Atlanta was a great success for ArchiPAC and I wanted to thank those AIANJ members that contributed while there!  Thus far ArchiPAC has raised $24,000 and recruited 225 members.  This year at Convention to make things interesting there was a competition amongst the Chapters and team ArchiAdvocates, which included AIANJ, took 4th place and raised $4,326.50 with 31 contributors!  It was a very close race and was all in good fun!  I wanted to provide AIANJ members with a legislative update to understand that AIA Advocacy is working hard on your behalf and we continue to need your help so that AIA can continue to lobby on behalf of its members with our legislators.  Here is the latest update from AIA headquarters:

  • Design-Build reform: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that takes steps to improve the design-build process federal procurement process.  A similar bill, Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act of 2015 (HR 1555) was introduced by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO).  AIA has been a critical factor in the emergency of Sen. Portman, Rep. Graves and others as champions for reforms within the federal procurement arena.
  • Small Business Administration size standards: Ron Reim, AIA, testified on June 4th before the House Small Business Committee on the issue of SBA’s size standards.  Ron spoke in favor of a bill introduced this year by Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the Stronger Voice for Small Business Act (HR 1429), which would allow small firms to appeal size standards they see as unfair directly to the SBA rather than having to go through the costly federal courts.  Standards established by the SBA defines a “small business” and firms fitting that description are eligible for SBA loans and set-aside projects from the federal government.
  • Tax Reform: as the debate over tax reform continues, members of Congress are looking everywhere for possible ways to trim the tax code, including a number of provisions that directly benefit architecture firms.  An example of this is Section 179D-Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings (passed as part of HR 5771) which allows building owners and tenants who make expenditures to cause new or renovated commercial buildings to be more energy efficient will be eligible for a tax deduction up to $1.80 per square foot.  Currently this deduction expires annually but efforts are currently under way to introduce legislation that would make the deduction permanent.  That push is being led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Student Loan Forgiveness: Legislation was introduced last Congress as the National Design Services Act of 2014 by Rep. Earl Perlmutter (D-CO) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) that would provide some level of student loan forgiveness for architecture students who volunteer design services within their community. The program would mirror ones in the medical, legal, and even veterinarian professions.
  • Building Codes: Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) recently reintroduced bill HR 1878- Safe Building Code Incentive Act incentivizing states to strengthen their building codes, mitigating the various negative impacts of disasters.
  • 2030: Both chambers of Congress are contemplating language to repeal the 2030 fossil fuel reduction targets for federal buildings as part of comprehensive energy legislation. AIA is working with allies to advocate against a repeal of the 2030 targets, a critical issue for the design industry.

I am happy to speak with any members that have any questions regarding the issues above and/or how members can get involved as “Architects in Action”.  Please visit the ArchiPAC website to become an advocate as well as to INVEST in ArchiPAC!ArchiPAC_Invest Sincerely, Justin A. Mihalik, AIA 2015 ArchiPAC Steering Committee Member

Faith Taylor Keynote at ECG2015

East Coast Green 2015
Creating A Culture of Sustainability

Keynote speaker for this years event is:

Faith Taylor is a senior global executive with progressive record of achievements and significant experience in strategic planning, development of new and existing businesses, innovation and change management, P&L and brand management as well as marketing.    Known as an expert in Corporate Responsibility, Innovation and Sustainability she has a broad experience to draw from.

She oversees the strategies and policies for Wyndham’s Worldwide corporate responsibility programs that includes, sustainability, philanthropy, diversity, wellness, human rights, responsible sourcing, ethics and governance.  She developed and started the Wyndham Green program in 2006 and has overseen the Company’s external reporting, strategic plans, auditing/assurance and branding initiatives. In 2014, the Wyndham Green program reduced its carbon and water by 20% and 18% globally and 27% of its $2.1 Billion supply chain has met their Green criteria.

Additionally, she is Chair of the Sustainability Working Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Chair of the Board of Directors of the USGBC of New Jersey. She is a member of the International Tourism Partnership organizations where she has participated in setting industry standards like the Hotel Carbon Metric Initiative and policies. Wyndham is a recognized corporate leader working with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Obama Better Building Challenge in setting leading programs for the built environment.

During the day long ECG event session topics have a wide range of options for all angles of building sustainable:
• Green Building Risks & Rewards
• Developing a Green Building Master Plan
• Renewable Energy
• Green Materials for LEEDv4 & LBC Compliance
• Designing & Commissioning High Performance Building Envelopes
• International Green Construction Code
• Update on the NJ Code  –  IBC in New Jersey

During the event the AIANJ Top Ten Green Projects will be announced.
Submit your project to be considered for inclusion.

See more by clicking here.

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Call for Entries – AIANJ COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Is your latest project Green?  AIANJ is looking for entries to be included in the AIANJ Top Ten Green Projects.

The Top Ten Green Projects Program recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest accomplishment in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and evaluation of performance.

Sustainability envisions the enduring prosperity of all living things.  Sustainable design seeks to create communities, buildings, and products that contribute to this vision.

Submit your project today – Click here, 
AIACoteGreenProjects1Submission Deadline :  June 8, 2015
All submissions to be electronic.  See website for submission guidelines.

The Top Ten Green Projects will be announced at the networking reception during East Coast Green.


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