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BOMA International Advocacy Update - Building Codes

12/19/2019 12:17 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

Building Codes

BOMA Releases Summary and Cost Analysis of the 2018 ICC Code Changes

During the 2018 ICC code development cycle, BOMA International achieved significant victories resulting in real cost savings for the industry. Overall, the average 200,000-square-foot new office construction will save $10 million in expenses thanks to the defeat of proposals that would have raised the cost of new construction and alterations by $49 per square foot—and many of these savings are also applicable to existing buildings. Additionally, several BOMA-supported proposals were approved that also reduced costs—in some cases by 20 percent.

 

Some of our major victories:

- Reduced inspections of mechanically operated smoke and heat vents from every year to every five years.

- The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised from one occupant per 100 square feet to one occupant per 150 square feet.

- Defeated a proposal that would have required rooftops to be considered a story in high-rise buildings.

- Defeated a proposal that would have required whole building air leakage testing of commercial and multifamily buildings based on building size, climate zone, building use and the floor area of the conditioned space.

 

You can view the full summary of the report here.

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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA/New Jersey has been federated with BOMA International since 1974. Find BOMA International online at www.boma.org.


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