2012 IECC will not be adopted in South Carolina

In a victory for HBA members, the South Carolina energy code has been locked in legislatively with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.  The 2012 IECC will not be adopted in South Carolina this year as it will be in many other states.

“This is a significant victory for our members and an example of the excellent work our government affairs team is doing for us in Columbia,” Rick Quinn, President of the HBA of Greenville, said.  “Our members will save significantly on construction costs while still building a highly efficient house that is compliant with the 2009 IECC.”

New Energy Code (IECC) Course Planned for Greenville and Clemson

The implementation date of the 2009 IECC or International Energy Conservation Codes is January 1, 2013.

To help you prepare for the new code, the Home Builders Association of Greenville will host two seminars that will on the new energy code:

  • December 5, 2012, at Greer City Hall 
  • December 11, 2012, location to be announced.

Each seminar day will feature two course sections:

  • 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. section will focus on residential implementation
  • 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. section will focus on commercial implementation

John England, of England Enterprises, Inc., has been chosen to be the exclusive provider for the courses. John, and his company, are well regarded in the construction industry for education and code enforcement.

Watch this site for more information.  To register at HBAofGreenville.com, click here.

HBASC announces 2012 Housing Advocacy Agenda

Your Home Builders Association of South Carolina announced the Housing Advocacy Agenda for 2012 following its annual Legislative Conference in Columbia on November 9.

  1. Multi-lot Discount: Allow for a grace period for annual re-certification to reduce risk of losing property tax discount, and increase from 5 to 8 the years the discount is available due to the economic downturn. Bill up in Senate. 
  2. Reverse Anti-Economic Development Case: SC Supreme Court decision said any discharge into the environment must be permitted, and anyone can have standing in the case. Ominous decision for land development & construction – permit nightmare! Bill to be introduced. 
  3. IECC 2009 Adoption: The PURC Advisory Committee is scheduled to move forward with recommendations to the General Assembly to adopt the IEEC 2009 energy code. Bill to be introduced. 
  4. Immigration Reform: There is new political pressure in our state due to concerns over the Hispanic growing population in the US. We would anticipate that immigration reform legislation may have to be introduced if the Court rules against the recently passed state law – similar to the Arizona law. Bill challenged in court! 
  5. Impact Fees: HBA has to defend the state impact fee law every year every year, as some areas of the state continue to push for school impact fees, and more liberal interpretation of our state’s impact fee law. Recent court action helped! 
  6. Comprehensive Tax Reform: General Assembly will possibly pursue a comprehensive review of taxes in 2012 based on some of the TRAC Committee recommendations with additions, deletions, and changes to the SC tax code. Tax reform bill likely be introduced. 
  7. Private Transfer Fees: A bill was passed last session to ban the use of private transfer fees in SC. Bill will be up for passage in Senate in 2012. 
  8. Labor Unions Expand Their Influence: Business interests are concerned that labor unions will attempt to undermine our right-to-work state by state and federal legislation.

Watch for Calls to Action from your Home Builders Association in support of these housing-related public policy issues.