TO ALL NHBOA MEMBERS AND VISITORS
Per RSA 155-A:10 V The NH Building Code Review Board is authorized to amend and update the state building code. Amendments and adoption of new editions are effective upon affirmative action by the board and shall remain effective for a period of two (2) years unless ratified by the legislature. At the November 13, 2009 public meeting the review board voted unanimously to adopt the 2009 IBC, IRC, IPC, IMC, & the IECC with an effective date of April 1, 2010. Follow this link to the minutes of this meeting: http://www.nh.gov/safety/boardsandcommissions/bldgcode/meetings/
At subsequent meetings the board did amend the codes bringing forth many of the previous amendments and adding some new and removing others. These amendments have an effective date of April 1, 2010 as well. The only section of the IRC that IS NOT EFFECTIVE ON APRIL 1, 2010 ARE THE SECTIONS MANDATING SPRINKLERS FOR 1&2 FAMILY DWELLINGS AND TOWNHOUSES. These have an effective date of April 1, 2012. Because of the delay in the sprinklers the board did amend the 2009 IRC to re-instate the required 2-hour fire wall between townhouses & duplexes. The wording for that section is copied directly from the 2006 IRC section R317
While as of this posting there is no "notice" on the state website it does not mean the codes will not become effective. You are are on solid ground to start enforcing the 2009 ICC codes used in the State of NH. I am currently trying to get a notice posted but because the board does not have direct access to the web site we will have to wait. In the mean time if you have additional questions you may email the board directly.
Wayne A. Richardson - C.B.O.
NHBOA Representative to NH Code Review Board