What To Expect in the 2015 I-Codes – PART 2
by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant
In the last issue I explained some of the changes coming to the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC & IMC. Here are selected changes for other 2015 I-Codes.
2015 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE
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2015 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
◆ Climate-appropriate alternative added for buildings located in Tropical Zones.
◆ In the residential requirements, the inclusion of the Energy Rating Index Compliance Alternative as another other path adds more flexibility of the IECC.
◆ The different levels of change of occupancy as required in Chapter 10 have been clarified.
2015 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING POOL & SPA CODE
Consider the following:
- Utilize the site visit to properly document the progress of the file to head off Change Orders by:
- Establishing actual status of the work versus where the progress should be
- Document and communicate any devia- tion of the construction schedule to Owner and Contractor
- Put every change order in writing in a change order log describing the change intended and why the change order was requested.
- Owner requested
- Material substitution due to unavailabili- ty of the specified materials
- Difference in site condition (information furnished by others)
- Hidden or latent defect on the site
- Contractor requested
- Change in law after Contract Documents submitted for permitting
- Subsequent and contradictory interpre- tation of code after Contract Documents submitted for permitting
- Create a Change Order Excel Spreadsheet that is maintained and able to be quickly furnished to the owner and contractor.
■Organize a meeting of key players in advance, including the general contractor and subcontractor to discuss Change Orders and come to agreements relative to the reason for same.
- Conduct an in-house peer review of work- ing drawings, specifications and other key documents.
- Scrutinize drawings closely from project concept to the final stage and invite out- side review.
- Keep communications open with ongoing, on-site project meetings.
- Review and revise critical documents sev- eral times during the life of a project.
- Create and use functional checklists.
■Participate in workshops and training related to improving document quality.
■Establish accountability for everyone at every stage of document development.
- Update any system that obstructs develop- ment of quality documents.
- Carry out a timely project post mortem to identify problem areas.
- Have a strict company policy, that no one but the owner can waive, requiring that directives be in writing before any work will be done that is over and above or different from what is called for in the contract.
- Be specific. To avoid misunderstandings, Change Orders should spell out in detail the additional work that is requested or necessary, and they should be signed and dated by all applicable parties. They should always include whatever drawings, specifi- cations, cost estimates, new deadlines and payment terms are necessary to complete the additional work.
- Don’t agree to open-ended Change Orders. Also known as “time and materials agreements,” these can blow up your budget and strain contractor/owner rela- tionships since they allow the contractor to charge for work as it proceeds and materials and supplies as they are needed. Instead, owners are wise to ask for a fixed sum agreement that obligates the con- tractor to perform work for an agreed upon sum. The contractor must absorb costs if they are greater than estimated or, conversely, can make a greater profit if costs are less than budgeted.
- Confirm conversations with a letter imme- diately. If you have to see a lawyer, you will be able to explain what happened with more than “he said and I said.”
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