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Code Study Committee Request for Members / 2nd Request

Please note changes to the requested members
and the combining of members to make up only one Study Committee in
lieu of a separate Residential and Commercial Committee.

(In accordance with State Regulation 8-246)

The South Carolina Building Codes Council (BCC) is currently seeking individuals willing to serve on its Code Study Committee for the 2018 code adoption cycle. The task of the committee will be to review modifications proposed for the 2018
International Building Code Series and the 2017 National Electrical Code, and to recommend approval or disapproval of those modifications to the BCC. Prospective  members must be familiar with the codes within their areas of expertise and have the
time and flexibility to attend the committee meetings. Committee membership is strictly voluntary, therefore, no per diem, mileage, or compensation of any kind can be offered.

Each of the committee positions will require one member and one alternate. The name of each individual must be submitted in writing and accompanied by a resume’ showing the person’s knowledge and experience in the area of expertise. Committee members will be appointed by the BCC at the February 28, 2018 meeting and will serve for one code adoption cycle (approximately three years).

The core committee for the Study Committee will consist of:
1. A registered code enforcement;
2. A state licensed homebuilder;
3. A state licensed general contractor;
4. A state licensed architect and,
5. A state licensed structural engineer.

In addition to the core members, the following special members will be required:
1. A state licensed residential plumbing contractor;
2. A state licensed residential mechanical contractor;
3. A state licensed residential electrical contractor; and,
4. A residential gas contractor
5. A state registered fire official.

Please submit your recommendations by February 15, 2018, to:
Roger K. Lowe, CBO MCP
SC Building Codes Council
PO Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

State Fire offers NFA’s Residential Sprinkler Plan Review

In February 2018, State Fire will offer a free NFA course at the South Carolina Fire Academy.

Residential Sprinkler Plan Review provides primary guidance for the approval of residential sprinkler systems including National Fire Protection Association 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies, and International Residential Code Standard P2904.

This course also offers insight into how to read and interpret the design, which is an essential element of preventive fire safety. There are no prerequisites, but each student should have an understanding of the history of water-based fire protection systems and methods used to verify hydraulic calculation.

Course dates: February 15 – 16, 2018

In order to proceed with offering the course on its assigned date, the NFA requires a MINIMUM of 15 registrations before Jan. 1, 2018.

Click the link below to sign up today!

American Fire Sprinkler Association Applauds Passing of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1)

DALLAS - The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) applauds the United StatesCongress for passing and President Donald Trump for signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) recently, a comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code. AFSA members are poised to benefit from several aspects of this monumental legislation, including particular language that directly affects the fire sprinkler industry - incentivizing business owners to retrofit their properties with fire sprinkler systems.

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Lubrizol's BlazeMaster® CPVC Pipes and Fittings

August 6, 2013 Update
Lubrizol's  position regarding the chemical compatibility of antimicrobial coated steel pipe when used with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipes and fittings has been that before using any coated steel pipes with an antimicrobial coating, installers should check with the manufacturers of the steel pipe and/or the manufacturers of the antimicrobial coating for compatibility with CPVC..  In response to numerous industry inquiries, Factory Mutual (FM) modified their nonmetallic (FM 1635) and steel pipe (FM 1630) standards to include testing that demonstrates the chemical compatibility of nonmetallic fire sprinkler pipe with coated steel sprinkler pipe.  This evaluation is a requirement for both types of pipe that are FM approved.  Installers should look for results of testing in accordance with the FM protocols to ensure the compatibility of any coated steel pipes they might use with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipes and fittings.  Additionally, Lubrizol recommends that Allied Steel pipe coated with ABF II not be used in BlazeMaster CPVC systems.
This has been Lubrizol's position for years.   Beginning in 2008, Lubrizol noted that industry concerns were being expressed about antimicrobial coatings, and at that time Lubrizol stated that the Allied ABF II antimicrobial coating ""would not be classified as compatible with CPVC if it were applied directly to the CPVC.""   But Lubrizol began at that time to conduct testing that tried to duplicate a real world level of migration of the ABF II coating to CPVC.  The testing did not show a consistent pattern which would indicate a pervasive problem.  Nevertheless, in January 2009, Lubrizol said:  ""Lubrizol recommends that only non-coated steel piping be used with BlazeMaster® fire sprinkler systems and that aftermarket coating not be used, unless the coating being used, whether applied by the manufacturer or otherwise, has been added to the FGG/BM/CZ™ System Compatible Program.""  Lubrizol's recommendation has continued from that time to the present.  Lubrizol has never recommended the use of ABF II coated pipe with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipe and fittings.

Food Truck Cylinder Safety

In August 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was taking actions to raise awareness of the hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders following a large propane cylinder rupture on a food truck in Philadelphia, PA, that resulted in deaths and injuries. Their campaign focused, in part, on the basics of how to inspect a cylinder for serviceability, and how to identify an out-of-test cylinder.

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SC Code Book Availability

ICC will be publishing a SC version of the 2015 codes as adopted by the Building Council. The books will have the SC amendments integrated into the codes and users will not need to have separate documents as in the past.


The IRC, IFC, IPC, IMC, IFGC and IEBC should be available by mid-August. The IBC should be available in mid-September.