Bill proposed by Sen. McIlhinney driven by concern for health and safety of citizens and energy efficiency of buildings
Sept. 19, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Next week, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hear testimony on Sen.
) bill that would revamp
building code adoption process by
allowing the Review and Advisory Committee (RAC) tasked with updating building codes in the state to return to an automatic code adoption process for triennial codes as set forth by the International Codes Council (ICC)
. The committee hearing is scheduled for
Tuesday, September 24
"It's inexcusable that
is operating with out-of-date building codes because an unelected group of industry representatives decided code updates were not in their best interests," said
outreach coordinator for PennFuture. "Not adopting revised codes every three years puts Pennsylvanians at risk in addition to forgoing key energy savings for homeowners. Maintaining modern building codes is in the best interest of the public, so why isn't
Ahead of the hearing, PennFuture announced
the launch of
, a web portal which aims to inform the public about the importance of modern building codes and how Pennsylvania has put building industry profits above the safety, well being, and economic benefit of its citizens
Codes contain a set of minimum requirements for design and construction of new buildings including standards for electrical, plumbing and energy performance that help ensure the safety and energy efficiency of buildings. New codes also help grow the economy by creating demand for skilled workers and high-quality building materials.