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Effectiveness Date for 2000 IBC and the fate of the UCBC

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Ron Hamburger mentioned that we could soon be using the 2000 IBC. There will
be much longer delays than next spring in some parts of the US.

In California, the Building Standards Commission (CBSC) is expecting a
publication date for the California Building Code and its companion codes
that form the California Building Standards Code on June 30, 2001 which
would become applicable in state, local and other jurisdictions 180 days
after publication on or about January 1, 2002. This date may slide.

The main reasons for this delay are the need to comply with the state's
Administrative Procedures law and the lack of code support staff within
state agencies.

Permit applicants may be able to use the IBC sooner than 2002 provided they
demonstrate equivalence or better than the current CBC. However, most
building depts will have great difficulty comparing the two codes.

Stuart Posselt of CBSC, 916-322-1900 Stuart.Posselt(--nospam--at)
suggests that, since ICBO plans to delay publication of portions of the
UCBC/UcEB until late next year/early 2001, this new document will miss the
current code cycle and the state will likely consider continuing the use of
the 1997 UCBC Appendix Chapter 1.

However, this will require amendments to make the provisions in UCBC App.
Ch. 1 compatible with the 2000 IBC - namely seismic zones vs. contours, and
strength design versus allowable stress, etc.

Several state agencies have a regulatory stake in these amendments: CBSC,
HCD, DGS, CHBSB. Stuart is not aware that any of these agencies have begun
to craft these amendments. The CBSC is hoping to hire additional staff soon
but these amendments do not seem to be on their agenda.  The state
amendments should be largely drafted by June 30, 2000 in order to allow for
a year of public and committee review and to comply with the Commission's
desired timeline for publication on June 30, 2001.

Likewise if these state agencies intend to propose adopting other Appendix
Chapters in the document formerly known as the UCBC -  (Prince?) -  they
should have already started to generate such proposals. ABAG is thinking
about asking HCD to consider the need for residential seismic retrofit
provisions. The likelihood of this happening in this code cycle is slim
without clear policy directions from the Governor and the Legislature,
because state agencies now have their hands full dealing with the other

Stuart suggested another alternative to explore might be to ask state
agencies to add retrofit chapters as part of the California Building Code
state amendments to the IBC. In any event, the CBSC and others anticipate
sponsoring cleanup legislation to revise the references to model codes in
state law.

Perhaps SEAOC's Existing Buildings Committee could offer to help generate
the amendments to the 97 UCBC for the state's consideration.

For more information, you can contact Stuart Posselt or Travis Pitts at CBSC
and code personnel in each of the affected state agencies.

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, 1755 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95833
916-263-0582 Work Phone, 916-263-0594 Fax fturner(--nospam--at)