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Committee to Address Dual Building Standards
Builders Concerned New Regulations Establish Conflicting Codes

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2001
Contact: Jim Pound, Legislative Aide to Rep. Lesil McGuire, at (907) 269-0250

(ANCHORAGE) - Concerns that proposed new state building regulations would establish dual, conflicting standards for the construction industry have prompted the Joint Administrative Regulation Review Committee to schedule a meeting on the subject next week.

Rep. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) called the meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. in Room 220 of the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 716 W. Fourth Ave.

Current state statutes and existing Department of Community and Economic Development regulations require those seeking to become Licensed Mechanical Contractors in Alaska to pass a qualifying test based on the Uniform Building Code (UBC), a nationally recognized standard for safe building practices. Likewise, almost every Alaska state department also follows the UBC as their standard for safe, well-constructed facilities.

However, the state fire marshal's office, part of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, has rewritten regulations due to take effect Sept. 15 that would require their building inspectors to follow a different standard, the International Mechanical Code (IMC), when inspecting and approving building projects around the state.

There are presently no formal proposals from the Division of Occupational Licensing to change to from UBC to IMC, and if Public Safety's new regulations take effect, many contractors will have to build under the IMC. Critics requested a meeting on the issue, saying this dual system would bring extra cost, confusion, and delay to the construction industry with no demonstrable increase in building safety.

The meeting is open to the public, and the proceedings will be teleconferenced to other locations around the state so that all committee members might participate, and any interested member of the public may testify. Those seeking to testify may make arrangements by calling (907) 269-0252.

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