Builder Review continues its highlight of the more than 100 initiatives by your HBA that have saved HBA members during the last year. Below is another way your HBA is saving our members money.
Working for Flexible, Cost-Effective Building Codes. Keeping building codes flexible, cost-effective and product-neutral remains a top NAHB priority. Every year, your HBA analyzes thousands of proposed codes from mandatory fire sprinklers to energy conservation rules and prevents requirements that could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of building a new home without any appreciable benefit to home buyers.
According to the NAHB Research Center’s 2012 IECC Cost Effectiveness Analysis, the additional cost to build a home to the 2012 IECC relative to the 2006 IECC is $7,034. The majority of that increase – $5,668 – is associated with the changes between the 2009 and 2012 versions of the IECC. NAHB’s successful effort to prevent widespread adoption of the 2012 IECC energy code in several states was a victory for sensible, flexible, cost-effective regulation. South Carolina is one of the states that has locked in the 2009 IECC.
In addition, your HBA has amended the 2012 IRC to insure that automatic fire sprinklers will not be mandated in new homes in South Carolina. Two dozen additional amendments also approved for the residential code are set to be adopted with the code on July 1, 2013.