Building Construction Codes

Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon June 16, 2014

In Harrisburg, The Debate Over Construction Codes Persists

A debate is raging over ways to update the various codes that govern construction in Pennsylvania.

A new code requiring sprinklers in a building — is it a life saver or a costly mandate? The answer to that question depends on whether you make your living building homes or selling sprinklers.

Every three years, a state review panel is faced with hundreds of new model codes to adopt or reject. The state Senate has passed a proposal to give the panel more time (two years instead of one) to consider each code.

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Government & Politics
11:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

State Lawmakers to Scrutinize Building Construction Codes

Building construction codes are coming under scrutiny by state lawmakers in an upcoming hearing.

The state’s approach to adopting updates to the codes has changed under the Corbett administration, leading a state commission to reject all of the most recent internationally-provided model updates.

A proposal by Democratic state Rep. Pat Harkins of Erie County would restore some of the ease of accepting updated codes for commercial buildings.

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