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Indiana Exploratory Committee for Code Updates

Next Meeting
Thursday, June 10, 2021
9 a.m.
Meeting location details TBA

About the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission’s Exploratory Committee for Code Updates

At its Tuesday, December 1, 2020, meeting, the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission (the Commission) took official action to form an exploratory committee that will be tasked with reviewing the Commission’s current rules (the statewide building and fire safety codes Title 675 of the Indiana Administrative Code) and recommending the next statewide code, or codes, that will be updated through the state of Indiana’s formal administrative rulemaking process (IC 4-22-2). At its Tuesday, January 5, 2021, meeting, the Commission approved the membership and bylaws of its Exploratory Committee for Code Updates (the Committee). The Committee is composed of the following seven voting members:

  • Christina M. Collester, RTM Consultants, Inc. (code consultant)
  • Donald G. Corson, American Structurepoint, Inc. (licensed engineer)
  • Doug Elmore, Gene B. Glick Company, Inc. (Indiana Apartment Association representative)
  • Joshua Frost, Zionsville Fire Department (fire official)
  • Gregory G. Furnish, Upright Builders, LLC (Indiana Builders Association representative)
  • Scott Pannicke, RATIO Architects (licensed architect)
  • Michael J. Popich, Chairman, City of Indianapolis (building official)

Upon reviewing the Commission’s current rules and selecting the next code, or codes, to be updated by the Commission, the Committee will submit a report of its findings and determinations to the Commission (see the Committee’s bylaws for additional, more specific information). Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings of the Committee, and participate in the Committee’s discussions, at the chair’s discretion. Questions regarding the Committee and its meetings may be directed to the Committee’s staff at buildingcommission@dhs.in.gov. For more information and to view the Committee’s meeting materials, please see information below.

Public Comments on the Commission’s Current Rules

The Committee is accepting and encouraging comments from all interested persons regarding the impact the Commission’s current adoption of older versions of model codes has on construction in Indiana, and the impact that updating these model codes to more current versions (e.g., the 2021 I-Codes) will have on construction, economic development and public safety in Indiana. Comments should be limited to the following rules of the Commission:

  • 2014 Indiana Building Code (675 IAC 13-2.6)
  • 2020 Indiana Residential Code (675 IAC 14-4.4)
  • 2012 Indiana Plumbing Code (675 IAC 16-1.4)
  • Indiana Electrical Code, 2009 Edition (675 IAC 17-1.8)
  • 2014 Indiana Mechanical Code (675 IAC 18-1.6)
  • 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code (675 IAC 19-4)
  • Swimming Pool Code (675 IAC 20)
  • 2014 Indiana Fire Code (675 IAC 22-2.5)
  • 2014 Indiana Fuel Gas Code (675 IAC 25-3)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards (675 IAC 28-1)

Comments shall be submitted through the Commission’s Code Comments web form. Meaningful comments will explain whether a change to the code or its requirements is necessary; if changes are necessary, is it necessary to update the entire model code or just modify specific provisions of concern and why; if updating the entire model code is necessary, identify the significant differences between the Commission’s existing rule and newer versions of the model code in question; identify the specific issues the update of the code requirement is designed to address; explain the impact of updating the code requirements (direct and indirect); explain whether the net effect of adopting the code will result in additional regulation or reduced regulation; identify the expected fiscal impact of updating the code; and identify any health or safety concerns being addressed by the change to the code requirement.

Comments must be submitted by the end of business (4:30 p.m. EDT) on Friday, May 21, 2021, to ensure consideration by the Committee at its June 10, 2021, meeting. Please be advised comments will be considered for informational purposes only in order to assist the Committee in its prioritization of recommended code updates. Questions may be directed to the Committee’s staff at buildingcommission@dhs.in.gov.

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