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NJ DCA Announces RREM and LMI Training Session

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Sandy Recovery Division is hosting a Training Session about the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program and Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) Homeowners Rebuilding Program from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30th, at the Moonachie Civic Center in Moonachie, Bergen County. Below, please find a flyer with additional information. This session is intended for both architects already working with homeowners in the program and those interested in working with homeowners in the program.

People interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Lisa Ryan at [email protected] at least one day prior to the Training Session to reserve their spot and to submit any suggested questions or topics they would like addressed if time permits. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lisa Ryan.

Lisa M. Ryan
Director, Strategic Communications
Sandy Recovery Division
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
PO Box 823
Trenton, NJ 08625-0823
(609) 292-7083
[email protected]

Builder Outreach Flyer 3-2016

 

ICC 2015 Code Updates

BOB LONGO HEADSHOT 2014On behalf of AIA NJ, I attended the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board Meeting last Friday. John Terry reported that Governor Christie signed the legislation to adopt the 2015 ICC series of codes with the amendments recommended by DCA. The proposed amendments are expected to be published in the NJ Register on January 5, 2015.

As you may be aware there is a 60 day public comment period after which some revisions are likely before the law is formally adopted. DCA estimates adoption in June or July 2015. Considering the 6 month grace period (the time in which the design professional can choose to use either code) the 2015 ICC codes should become mandatory about a year from now.

AIA NJ is planning on hosting seminars on the updates to the IBC prior to adoption next year. Stay tuned . . .

Robert M. Longo, AIA

Important Announcement From DCA

An open letter from Edward M. Smith, Director, State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards

September 26, 2012

Dear Construction Officials and Electrical Subcode Officials:

As you may be aware, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has pulled its listing of all fire resistive cable, including listings for electrical circuit protective systems using fire resistive cable. I am writing to offer guidance on how to handle the withdrawal of these listings based on the information available.

Currently, UL still is investigating how and whether these products fail to perform and under what circumstances. We will continue to monitor this investigation closely and we will provide updated information and instructions as warranted. For now, code officials are advised to follow the below guidance:

Existing installations in any building or project for which a certificate of occupancy has been issued regardless of its age should be left as is. There is no recall or retrofit at this point in time.

For projects for which permits have been issued, but for which no certificate of occupancy has been issued, and for projects for which permit applications have been received, but for which no permit has been issued, the project should be allowed to proceed with the use of the product since the product was listed at the time of permit application. However, the applicant and the owner, if other than the applicant, should be given a copy of the enclosed notice informing them of the current situation and allowing them to make decisions based upon what is known at this time.

Projects for which applications are filed after today’s date cannot use a product for which there is no listing. In these cases, an alternate method of compliance must be used to achieve required fire rating.

Should you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact our Code Assistance Unit at (609) 292-7899 or [email protected].

Sincerely,

Edward M. Smith
Director
Division of Codes and Standards

TAKE NOTICE THAT UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (UL) HAS WITHDRAWN ITS LISTING OF ALL FIRE RESISTIVE CABLE, INCLUDING ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS USING FIRE RESISTVE CABLE. UL IS CONTINUING ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS. PROJECTS FOR WHICH PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED MAY CONTINUE. BE ADVISED THAT, DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS, APPLICANTS INSTALL THESE PRODUCTS AT THEIR OWN RISK. BELOW PLEASE FIND A LINK TO INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY UL WHICH MAY AIDE IN DECIDING HOW TO PROCEED.

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/regulator/fire/cables/

Information on the UL announcement may be found at the below link:

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/newsroom/newsitem.jsp?cpath=%2Fglobal%2Feng%2Fcontent%2Fcorporate%2Fnewsroom%2Fpublicnotices%2Fdata%2Ful-and-ulc-announceimportant-changes-to-certification_20120912090000.xml

NJ Building Code Update

Many have heard various rumors about potential new building codes to be adopted by New Jersey. AIA-NJ has contacted NJ-DCA this week regarding and were told that no codes will be adopted in the immediate future. The new governor and administration has put a 90-day freeze on all proposed new building codes in the state.

We will be staying in close contact with NJ-DCA and when a new code are adopted we will post an update, with details and grace period information. To check New Jersey current codes go to: www.state.nj.us/dca/codes