The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has asked F&R’s very own Alan Tuck to be a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on IBC 2015, Chapter 17 “Special Inspections” and Section 112.1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code – also known as the Virginia Construction Code (VCC). Alan was recommended to VDHC by members of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA) to become a member of the committee.
DHCD has many roles as it improves the quality of life in Virginia’s communities including the administration and regulation of the Virginia Construction Code (VCC). DHCD participates in the development of national model codes and standards, and provides representation on a number of national associations including the International Code Council (ICC). DHCD also provides training and certification for code enforcement officials responsible for the enforcement of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
Virginia is expected to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) in early 2018 which will replace the current IBC 2012 building code cycle. This Ad-Hoc committee’s responsibility is to review Chapter 17, “Special Inspections” of IBC 2015 in order to decide which verbiage to retain, add or delete according to the statutes of the VCC prior to the adoption of the new IBC 2015 building code. The committee is also charged with the responsibility of reviewing section 111.2 of the current VCC code which also addresses special inspections, statement of special inspections, interim special inspection reports and final special inspection reports.
Simply stated, the responsibility of this Ad-Hoc committee is to review IBC 2015, Chapter 17 and Section 11.2 of the Virginia Statewide Building Code and to recommend to DHCD which code verbiage to retain and which code verbiage to delete. In many cases, the committee will recommend entirely new code verbiage to be inserted into the building code regulations when applicable.
Alan Tuck continues to be THE foremost expert on IBC as it relates to Special Inspections in the mid-Atlantic. Over the course of his accomplished career he has assisted A/E professionals of all ages and stripes with better understanding how the code relates to what they do every day. Congratulations Alan, you make us proud every day!