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Issue #55, Jul - Sep 2017

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Do Cool Roof Requirements Apply to a Tile “Re-felt”?

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Original tile roof is taken up for new underlayment and then re-laid. Photo: Dan Chudy

By Dan Chudy, Ph.D., CBO, LEED AP, CASp
Principal Project Manager – Willdan Engineering

I have worked in several jurisdictions over the past few years and there are differing opinions concerning the application of the Cool Roof requirements to tile “re-felt” projects (when an original tile roof is taken up for a new underlayment and then the original tile is re-laid.)

It is not widely known (or advertised by tile roof manufacturers) that tile roofs DO NOT last forever. Underlayment seems to be the weak link to these so-called lifetime roofs. Unfortunately, the majority of tile roofs are installed with the lowest grades of underlayment. Generally, underlayment has a useful life of about 25 years, depending on the climate. In the desert areas, life expectancy is closer to 15-20 years due to excessive heat.

Tile roofs are not generally a complete stand-alone moisture barrier; rather, they depend on the underlayment to handle any water that infiltrates past the tile. It is a very common occurrence that when the underlayment wears out due to age, water that makes it past the tile will leak past the underlayment and into the structure, causing water damage.

With these facts in mind, it is understandable why so many tile roofs are being taken-up to have new underlayment installed. This can be a very costly undertaking due to the amount of manual labor required.  But is this procedure tantamount to a “re-roof” with respect to the Cool Roof mandates?  I have asked representatives of the Energy Commission (at the last CALBO ABM in Newport Beach) this question, only to be informed that it is up to the Building Official to decide. I disagree; I believe that the regulations are clear and such procedures are not required to comply with the Cool Roof mandates, as I’ll explain below.

As you are probably aware, the Energy Commission established the Cool Roof regulations some years ago in an effort to reduce the heat build-up in attics, with the ultimate goal of reducing the energy needed to keep buildings cool. The regulations generally state that in Climate Zones 10 – 15 when more than 50% of the roof is being replaced, the new roofing material’s Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) is to be certified by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). All CRRC rated roofing materials are required to bear the CRRC label on the material packaging.

The Energy Regulations also provide for alternatives to the use of CRRC rated roofing materials, by:

  • increasing the R-value in the attic to R-38; or
  • installing a radiant barrier; or
  • providing a 1” air space between the bottom of the new roofing material and the top of the roof deck; or
  • using a roofing product with a rise to width ratio of 1 to 5 for 50% of the width of the product (this is typical of Spanish type tile). 

There are also other exemptions where the Cool Roof regulations do not apply, such as:

  • buildings with no ducts in the attic
  • in buildings with existing R-38 minimum insulation in the attic
  • where the existing ducts in the attic are insulated in accordance with the current regulations
  • buildings with an existing compliant radiant barrier in the attic.

In my humble opinion, the Cool Roof requirements are NOT applicable to roofing projects where the existing tile roofing materials are being reused after the new underlayment has been installed.  Specifically, the 2016 California Energy Code, Section 150.2(b)1H (page 141) states: Replacements of the exterior surface of existing roofs shall meet the requirements of Section 110.8 and the applicable requirements of Subsections i and ii where more than 50 percent of the roof is being replaced:”  (underline added).  My contention is that the exterior surface (i.e., the tile roofing) is NOT being replaced in these types of re-felt projects.  Rather, the original tile roofing is being removed and reused

I am not aware of any written interpretations from the Energy Commission on this issue; hopefully they will soon provide one to get us all on the same page.

Let me know what you think…

Focus on the 2016 Codes

2016 California Codes Digest for Dwelling Inspections or Plan Review (Part 2 of a 4-part Series)

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By Dan Chudy, Ph.D., CBO, LEED AP, CASp
Principal Project Manager – Willdan Engineering

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A more logical way (at least for me) to organize and consolidate the most common residential code requirements is by segregating them according to the room in the house to which they apply.   With that in mind, I have compiled such a list in alphabetical order by room, and in 2016, the Willdan Letter published the list based on the 2013 California Codes (compiled here).

This year we are updating the list to correlate with the new 2016 California Codes (Running compilation here).

NOTE: Although many of thecode citations herein are carry-overs from the 2013 California Codes, some are new or substantially revised. Those code citations which are either new or substantially revised are highlighted in GREEN. Those code citations that were in the 2013 California Codes, but are not found in the 2016 California codes are highlighted in BLUE. Key words are highlighted in YELLOW in order to assist the user in quickly finding particular items of interest.

Please understand that this effort is a work in progress and I make no claim that the list is all inclusive nor that it is without error. If any errors or omissions are found, please email me at so that the list can be improved.

CODE PROVISIONS SEGREGATED ALPHABETICALLY BY SPECIFIC ROOMS IN DWELLINGS, (based on the 2016 California Codes)
PART 2: ‘C’ (Carport) thru ‘G’ (Garage) in this Willdan Letter edition

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CARPORT

CRC R302.6 – No separation required between carport and house if no enclosed area above.

CRC Table R302.6 –5/8” on ceiling only when habitable space is above.

CRC R309.2 – Shall have noncombustible floor (asphalt floor OK if at ground level), floor to be sloped to a drain or toward vehicle doorway.

CRC R309.2 – Minimum 2 sides open

CRC 309.2 – If carport is NOT open on 2 or more sides is considered a garage.

CRC R309.6 – AFES required in attached garages and carports with habitable space is above.

CRC R313.3.1.2 Exception 4 – AFES not required in detached garages and carports with no habitable space above.

CEC 210.8(A)(2) – GFCI outlets required in carport and similar areas.

CEC 210.12(A)Arc-fault circuit interrupter required for outlets in most rooms of house (except: bathrooms, garages, non-habitable attics, unfinished basements, and exterior outlets).

CEC 210.12(B)AFCI circuits wire length limited from AFCI breaker to first receptacle outlet or AFCI receptacle to next receptacle outlet is 50’ maximum for #14 wire and 70’ for #12 wire.  The first AFCI outlet to be marked as such (i.e. “First AFCI Outlet”).

CEC 210.70 (A)(1) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt)

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 & 20 amp outlets unless for dedicated appliance or luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor.

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

150.0(k)(3)Outdoor lighting must be high-efficacy AND have motion sensor plus photocell or astronomical time clock AND a manual On/Off switch that does not override the automatic controls.

CLOSET

CRC R313.3.1.2 Exception 2 – AFES not required in closets, pantries, etc. which do not exceed 24 square feet in area, with the smallest dimension not greater than 3’.

CPC 804.1 –No indirect waste receptor is allowed in closet, cupboard or storeroom. 

CMC 311.3(5) – Return air shall not be taken from bathrooms, kitchens, closets.

CMC 701.6 – Mechanical closet outdoor combustion air opening requirements (see code).

CEC 210.12(A)Arc-fault circuit interrupter required for outlets in most rooms of house (except: bathrooms, garages, non-habitable attics, unfinished basements, and exterior outlets).

CEC 210.12(B)AFCI circuits wire length limited from AFCI breaker to first receptacle outlet or AFCI receptacle to next receptacle outlet is 50’ maximum for #14 wire and 70’ for #12 wire.  The first AFCI outlet to be marked as such (i.e. “First AFCI Outlet”).

CEC 210.52 – Closets are exempt from the general convenience outlet requirements (12’ spacing).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

CEC 410.16(B) – Incandescent lights with open or or partially enclosed lamps and pendent lights are prohibited in closets.

CEC 410.16(C) – Fluorescent light = 6” from shelf, LED or incandescent = 12” from shelf with some exceptions for LED (see Energy Code requirement for High Efficacy lighting).

150.0(k) – All lighting to be high-efficacy.

150.0(k)2(K) Exception – Light dimmers are not required in closets less than 70 square feet in area.

DECK / BALCONY

CRC R105.1 #10 – Exempt from Permit if less than or equal to 200 square feet and 30” or less above grade and not attached to a dwelling and does NOT serve the required exit door.

CRC R311.3 - Exterior doors to have min. 36” deep landings by the width of the door, on each side (exception for 36” depth if balcony is less than 60 s.f. in area).

CRC R311.5 – Positive anchorage to primary structure (NO toe nails or nails in withdrawal).

CRC R507.1 – Decks cannot use nails in withdrawal or toenails for the attachment to the house

CRC R337.7.8 – Exposed underfloor or underside of overhang in Wildland Urban Fire Interface zones shall be constructed with Ignition-resistant or Noncombustible material. 

CRC R337.9 - The walking surface of decks, porches, balconies and exterior stairs located within 10’ of a building in Wildland Urban Fire Interface zones shall be constructed with Ignition-resistant or Noncombustible material. 

CEC 210.8(A)3 – GFCI outlets required outdoors.

CEC 210.52 (E)(3) – Balconies, decks and porches to have at least one receptacle outlet if deck is attached to dwelling AND access to balcony is from within the dwelling (Max. height of outlet is 6.5’ above deck).

CEC 210.70 (A) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt).

CEC 314.27 (C) – Paddle fan support boxes to be labeled for such use.

CEC 406.9 (A) & (B) – Outdoor receptacle outlets to be weatherproof covered with the chord plugged in if in a wet location (w/o chord plugged in if in damp location).  Damp location is protected from rain by roof (i.e. under a patio cover).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

150.0(k)(3) – Outdoor lighting must be high-efficacy AND have motion sensor plus photocell or astronomical time clock AND a manual On/Off switch that does not override the automatic controls.

DINING ROOM

CRC R303.1 - All habitable rooms shall have an aggregate glazed area of not less than 8 percent of the floor area, and an openable window area to the outdoors of at least 4 percent for ventilation.

CRC R303.2 – Natural light and ventilation may be taken from an adjoining room if at least one-half of the area of the common wall is open and unobstructed AND provides an opening of not less than 1/10 of the floor area of the interior room AND not less than 25 square feet.

CRC R308.4.3 – Window glass with bottom edge less than 18” above floor, AND top edge of glass more than 36” above floor, AND exposed area of an individual pane is larger than 9 square feet is required to be safety glass.

CRC R312.2.1 – When fall from window would be more that 72” to surface below, window sill to be 24” min. above floor OR, if less than 24” above floor, window opening shall not allow the passage of a 4” diameter sphere or other device to other approved opening control device.

CEC 210.12(A)Arc-fault circuit interrupter required for outlets in most rooms of house (except: bathrooms, garages, non-habitable attics, unfinished basements, and exterior outlets).

CEC 210.12(B)AFCI circuits wire length limited from AFCI breaker to first receptacle outlet or AFCI receptacle to next receptacle outlet is 50’ maximum for #14 wire and 70’ for #12 wire.  The first AFCI outlet to be marked as such (i.e. “First AFCI Outlet”).

CEC 210.52 – Maximum height of required convenience outlets is 5-1/2 feet above the floor.  No minimum height identified (unless for disabled access CBC 1136A.1 - 48” max to top of box and 15” minimum to the bottom of the box).

CEC 210.52(A)1 – Spacing of electrical outlets to be such that no point along the wall line  is more than 6’ from an outlet (e.g. 12’ spacing between outlets).  A wall space is any wall 2’ or more in width.

CEC 210.52(B) – Small appliance branch circuits for kitchen to also serve all dining room wall receptacles and refrigeration outlets.

CEC 210.70 (A)(1) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

CRC R313.3.2.4.2.1 – Pendent sprinkler heads to be no closer than 3’ to the center of ceiling fan or ceiling mounted light fixture.

CEC 314.27 (C) – Paddle fan support boxes to be labeled for such use

150.0(k) – All lighting to be high-efficacy.

ENTRY & FOYER (including Exits)

CRC R308.4.3 – Window glass with bottom edge less than 18” above floor, AND top edge of glass more than 36” above floor, AND exposed area of an individual pane is larger than 9 square feet is required to be safety glass.

CRC R311.2 – Exit doors shall be openable from the inside without the use of a key (i.e. double key dead bolt).

CRC R311.2 – Every dwelling shall have at least (1) side-hinged exit door with a minimum 32” clear width by 78” clear height opening (measured with door open 90 degrees).

CRC R311.3 – Landings at exterior doors to be 36” deep in direction of exit travel, the width of the door served, 7.75” max step down (from top of threshold to landing) provided that the door does NOT swing over the landing.  Otherwise, 1.5” max from top of threshold when door swings over landing. 2% max slope.

CRC R311.3.2 Exception – No landing required on exterior side of door where stairway is 2 or fewer risers ( 1 tread) and door does not swing over stairway.

CRC R312.2.1 – When fall from window would be more that 72” to surface below, window sill to be 24” min. above floor OR, if less than 24” above floor, window opening shall not allow the passage of a 4” diameter sphere or other device to other approved opening control device.

CRC R313.3.1.2 Exception 4 – AFES not required in unheated entry areas adjacent to an exterior door.

CEC 210.12(A)Arc-fault circuit interrupter required for outlets in most rooms of house (except: bathrooms, garages, non-habitable attics, unfinished basements, and exterior outlets).

CEC 210.12(B)AFCI circuits wire length limited from AFCI breaker to first receptacle outlet or AFCI receptacle to next receptacle outlet is 50’ maximum for #14 wire and 70’ for #12 wire.  The first AFCI outlet to be marked as such (i.e. “First AFCI Outlet”).

CEC 210.52(E)(1) – At least 1 exterior receptacle outlet required at front and 1 at rear of house.  Not more than 6.5’ above grade level.

CEC 210.52(H) – Hallways 10’ long or more shall have at least (1) receptacle outlet.

CEC 210.52(I) – Foyers which are NOT a part of a hallway and more than 60 square feet in area shall have at least (1) receptacle on each wall that is more than 3’ in width.

CEC 210.70 (A)(1) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt).

CEC 406.9 (A) & (B) – Outdoor receptacle outlets to be weatherproof covered with the chord/plugged in if in wet location (w/o chord plugged in if in damp location).  Damp location is protected from rain by roof (i.e. under patio cover).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

150.0(k) – All lighting to be high-efficacy.

FRONT ROOM or LIVING ROOM

SCAQMD Rule 445 – Applicable to portions of Southern California.  Wood burning fireplaces NOT permitted in new construction (except if above 3,000 in elevation or no infrastructure for natural gas service within 150’ of property). Rule applies to all permanently installed indoor and outdoor wood burning fireplaces or fire pits.

CRC R303.1 - All habitable rooms shall have an aggregate glazed area of not less than 8 percent of the floor area, and an openable window area to the outdoors of at least 4 percent for ventilation.

CRC R308.4.3 – Window glass with bottom edge less than 18” above floor, AND top edge of glass more than 36” above floor, AND exposed area of an individual pane is larger than 9 square feet AND where a walking surface is within 36” horizontally of the glass is required to be safety glass. (There are a few exceptions.)

CRC R312.2.1 – When fall from window would be more that 72” to surface below, window sill to be 24” min. above floor OR, if less than 24” above floor, window opening shall not allow the passage of a 4” diameter sphere or other device to other approved opening control device.

CMC 912.2 (1) - Gas fireplaces shall be direct vent and sealed-combustion type (see also CGC 4.503.1)

CEC 210.12(A)Arc-fault circuit interrupter required for outlets in most rooms of house (except: bathrooms, garages, non-habitable attics, unfinished basements, and exterior outlets).

CEC 210.12(B)AFCI circuits wire length limited from AFCI breaker to first receptacle outlet or AFCI receptacle to next receptacle outlet is 50’ maximum for #14 wire and 70’ for #12 wire.  The first AFCI outlet to be marked as such (i.e. “First AFCI Outlet”).

CEC 210.52 – Maximum height of required convenience outlets is 5-1/2 feet above the floor.  No minimum height identified (unless for disabled access CBC 1136A.1 - 48” max to top of box and 15” minimum to the bottom of the box).

CEC 210.52(A)(1) – Spacing of electrical outlets to be such that no point along the wall line  is more than 6’ from an outlet (e.g. 12’ spacing between outlets).  A wall space is any wall 2’ or more in width.

CEC 210.70 (A)(1) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

CRC R313.3.2.4.2.1 – Pendent sprinkler heads to be no closer than 3’ to the center of ceiling fan or ceiling mounted light fixture.

CEC 314.27 (C) – Paddle fan support boxes to be labeled for such use.

150.0(k) – All lighting to be high-efficacy.

150.0(e) – When gas logs, gas log lighters, or decorative gas appliances are installed in a fireplace, the flue damper is to be blocked open.

CGC 4.503.1 – Gas fireplaces shall be direct-vent and sealed-combustion type.  Wood stoves to comply with U.S. EPA New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and be labeled to meet emission standards.

GARAGE

CRC R202 – Accessory structures (i.e. garages, etc.) may be unlimited in area and 3 stories in height.

CRC R302.1 #4 – Detached garages w/in 2’ of PL are limited to 4” max eave projections.

CRC R302.5.1 – Openings (i.e. doors) between a garage and a bedroom are prohibited.

CRC R302.5.1 – Requirements for doors between house and garage:

w/o AFES w/AFES
Solid wood or steel or 20 minute rated 1-3/8” No specified type, rating, or thickness
Self-closing & self-latching Self-closing & self-latching

CRC R302.5.2 - Ducts in the garage and ducts penetrating the walls or ceilings separating the dwelling from the garage shall be constructed of a minimum No. 26 gage (0.48mm) sheet steel or other approved material and shall have no openings into the garage.

CRC R302.5.3 and R302.11, Item 4 – Pipe, vent, duct and wire penetrations of the garage firewall need not be sealed with a listed firestop but do need to be sealed to prevent passage of flame with an approved material.

CRC R309.1 – Floor to slope to a drain or toward vehicle doorway, noncombustible floor required.

CRC Table R302.6 – ½” gyp board between house and garage – 5/8” on ceiling if habitable space above, ½” on exterior wall (detached garage) when less than 3’ to dwelling.

CRC R309.5 – Zero lot line subdivision garages to be provided with residential sprinklers or quick-response sprinklers.

CRC R309.5 – Garage door NOT considered an obstruction to AFES sprinkler heads.

CRC R309.6 – AFES required in attached garages and carports with habitable space above.

CRC R311.1 – Required exit can NOT pass through the garage.

CRC R311.3.1 Exception - Landing or floor on the exterior side shall not be more than 7-3/4 inches below the top of the threshold provided the door does not swing over the landing or floor.

CRC R311.7.6 Exception – Landing not required at top of stairs from garage to house provided door does not swing over stairs.

CRC R313.3.1.2 Exception 4 – AFES not required in detached garages.

CRC R314.3.3 – Smoke alarms shall not be installed in garages.

CBC Table 1607.1, footnote a - Structural members of garage or carport floor systems shall be design to support a 3,000 lbs. point load on an area 4.5” X 4.5”. 

CRC R302.5.3 and R302.11, Item 4 – Pipe, vent, duct and wire penetrations of the garage firewall need not be sealed with a listed firestop but do need to be sealed to prevent passage of flame with an approved material.

CPC Table 501.1(1) – First Hour Rating (minimum hot water production capacity for storage type water heaters):

# Bathrooms 1 – 1.5 2 – 2.5 2.5 – 3.5
# Bedrooms 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 6
1st Hour Rating 42 54 54 54 67 67 80 67 80 80 80

CPC 507.2 – Seismic straps required at upper and lower 1/3rd of water heater and at least 4” above the control box at the bottom.

CPC 507.4 – Drainage pan under water heater if: in attic, on floor/ceiling, floor/subfloor where damage results from leakage.  ¾” minimum drainage line to approved location.

CPC 507.13 - Water heater burner element to be 18” or more above garage floor (unless FVIR listed).

CPC 507.13.1 – Water heater or other appliance to be protected from physical damage if in path of vehicle by either protective barriers, being elevated, or located out of the normal vehicular path.

CPC 509.10.7.1 – Single wall vent maximum horizontal length is 75% of its height.  Double wall vent maximum horizontal length is 100% of its height.

CPC 608.5 – Temperature & Pressure (T & P) relief valve to discharge through an air gap to a drainage system or to the outside of the building between 6” – 24” above grade and pointing downward without threads on the termination pipe.  Not allowed to discharge into a water heater drain pan. 

CPC 1212.8 – Sediment trap shall be as close to appliance inlet as practical with a 3” minimum nipple on down leg. (Exempt appliances: ranges, clothes dryers, decorative appliances in fireplaces, outdoor grills, illuminating appliances.)

CPC Table 1216.2(1) and manufacturer’s installation instructions – Tankless water heaters usually require a minimum ¾” gas line (some allow a ½” gas line up to 24’ or so – check w/mfg specs).

CMC 305.1 – Appliances with burner elements (i.e. water heater, FAU, etc.) to be 18” or more above garage floor (unless FVIR listed).

CMC 305.1.1 – Appliance to be protected from physical damage if in path of vehicle by either protective barriers, being elevated, or located out of the normal vehicular path.

CMC 802.10.5 – Joints in vent connectors to be secured with sheet metal screws (no mention of number of screws) or per manufacturer’s specifications.

CEC 210.8(A)(2) – GFCI outlets required in garages (ALL receptacle outlets in garage – including garage door opener –changed in 2008).

CEC 210.17 – Electric vehicle charging outlets shall be supplied by a separate (i.e. dedicated) circuit, with no other outlets.

CEC 210.52 (G) – Basements and garages to have at least (1) receptacle outlet (detached garages and accessory building without electrical power are exempt).

CEC 210.70 (A)(1) – At least (1) wall switched light outlet required in every habitable room and bathroom and hallway, stairway, garage, exterior side of outdoor grade level entrances (garage vehicle doors are exempt).

CEC 406.12 – Tamper resistant receptacle outlets for all non-locking 120V/15 and 20 amp outlets unless for luminaries or over 5.5’ above floor or a single outlet for a single dedicated appliance which is not easily moved or a duplex outlet for (2) dedicated appliances.

CEC 334.15(B) – Any exposed Romex (nonmetallic-sheathed cable, NM, NMC) that is subject to physical damage must be in conduit (AHJ to determine if romex above 8’ is subject to physical damage in garage)

Cal Green Code 4.106.4.1 – 1” conduit from main electrical panel to a box or enclosure in the garage for future electric vehicle charger circuit.  (NO wiring or overcurrent device is required to be installed until the charger unit is installed.)

150.0(k) – All lighting to be high-efficacy.

150.0(k) – Garage to have at least (1) high efficacy light fixture controlled by a vacancy sensor.

150.0(k)(3) – Outdoor lighting must be high-efficacy AND have motion sensor plus photocell or astronomical time clock AND a manual On/Off switch that does not override the automatic controls.

150.0(n) High Efficiency Water Heater Ready – 120 V receptacle within 3’ of water heater, if type B vent used - vent with straight pipe to exterior, condensate drain no more than 2” above base of water heater to outside, gas supply capacity of 200K BTUH (1/2” gas pipe DOESN’T work – check CPC Table 1216.2(1)).

150.0(j)2) – R4 (1”) pipe insulation required on all HOT water pipes ¾” or larger to point of use and all HOT water pipes (regardless of size) to kitchen fixtures.  Also first 5’ of hot and cold water pipes at the water heater. Pipe insulation NOT required at framing penetrations.  Pipe in insulated wall cavity is acceptable ONLY if Quality Insulation Installation (QII) standards (HERS verification) are met.  Pipe in attic is exempt IF buried by at least 4” blown insulation.  Pipe Insulation to be 4” min from water heater flue.  Hot and cold water lines should be at least 2” apart (to allow 1” insulation on each pipe).

CGC 4.106.4.1 – 1” conduit from main electrical panel to a box or enclosure in the garage for future electric vehicle charger circuit.  (NO wiring or overcurrent device is required to be installed until the charger unit is installed).

CGC 4.106.4.1.1 – Electrical service or subpanel to be labeled “EV Capable” at the reserved 40 amp circuit.  Also required to label the termination box or enclosure as “EV Capable”.

This is a TEST…

What’s wrong with this picture? (Hint: The last issue of the Willdan Letter discussed the problem.)

If you can identify the problem, please send me an email at: dchudy@willdan.com and tell me what you see.

The first respondent with the correct answer (other than the conscientious reader who provided the photo to help promote best practices!) will be acknowledged in the next issue of the Willdan Letter. 

Good luck.

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

For a list of legislative actions which may have an impact on local building departments, visit the CALBO Legislative Watch page.

CALBO ABM Recognizes Willdan Employees

Randy Metz Named Fire Official of the Year

Randy Metz

(L-R): Raj Patel, past CALBO president, Randy Metz, Ron Takiguchi, CALBO president

California Building Officials, at its Annual Business Meeting on March 20-23, 2017, recognized Randall Metz as Fire Official of the Year. Randy is currently serving as Willdan's contract Fire Marshal for the City of Highland, performing fire inspections for Spotlight 29 Casino, and is performing fire plan checks for various jurisdictions.

Randy has served the California Fire Chiefs Association as its Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Section President and Executive Board Member, and as Chapter President of the International Code Council and International Fire Marshals Association, along with other code committee and legislative task force positions.

Dan Chudy Inducted into CALBO Hall of Fame

Dan Chudy

Dan Chudy, editor of The Willdan Letter, was inducted into the California Building Officials (CALBO) Hall of Fame during the 55th annual business meeting on March 22, 2017. The award, which recognizes “Exemplary Contributions, Service and Support to the Building Official Profession", has been awarded 44 times in CALBO’s 55-year history. Dr. Chudy provides building department services to numerous Willdan municipal clients, including Moreno Valley and Norco.

Dr. Chudy was CALBO president of 1999, has served on most of its committees over the past 30 years, and has taught a number of CALBO classes ranging from issues involving the California Historical Building Code to Laws Enforced by Building Officials. Prior to joining Willdan, he was the Building Official for the City of Riverside for 25 years.