BECS 3nd Virtual Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
As a reminder, we invite you to attend the upcoming BECS 3nd Virtual Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT.  There is no registration fee for this meeting.  Please register by clicking here .  If you have any problems with registration or questions, please contact AGA’s Ella Proctor at (202) 824-7207 or
AGA Submits Second Round of Comments on Draft ASRHAE Standard 105.
As reported in the June 12th “Friday End Use Codes and Standards Update,” AGA had called for the withdrawal of draft ASRHAE Standard 105 based upon the proposal’s incomplete tables for full fuel cycle energy conversion and emission factors and deficiencies in the use of “captured energy” to account for renewable energy system loses to account for “grid inertia” requirements.  The reasoning of SPC 105 for the incomplete conversion tables in the proposal was that it provided jurisdictions greater flexibility in using conversion factors more appropriate to its unique energy mix.  AGA’s response to this position was that empty tables suggest only that SPC 105 could not reach consensus on proper conversion values, leading to a standard that has broad latitude for inconsistent use. As such, the proposed tables were not justified as appropriate “standards” coverage of full fuel cycle (source energy) considerations.  SPC 105’s responses in neither the case of incomplete tables nor the captured energy application addressed AGA’s arguments for withdrawal.  As a consequence, AGA filed its response that it was “unresolved” by the Committee action.
On December 2nd, AGA again submitted two negative comments on the re-issued draft of Standard 105, repeating its objections and calling for withdrawal of the draft since SPC 105 did not address the objections raised by AGA in June.  Because SPC 105 had not gone forward with a standards action on 105 since the prior public review, it was not under obligation to resolve AGA’s and other parties’ negative comments.  AGA believes that ASHRAE procedures will now require SPC 105 to attempt to resolve negative comments it has received on this second re-issuing of the draft standard.  AGA is awaiting a response from SPC 105.  AGA believes that a more proactive effort of SPC 105 is important and essential to resolve issues of source energy and emissions metrics at least within the ASHRAE family of standards addressing building energy efficiency and metrics for evaluating building designs and alternatives.
State Codes Activity Update.
[This is a weekly feature of the “Friday Update” covering state code calendar activities as presented by the online utility “Fiscal Note,” which is sponsored by APGA and AGA Code and Standards.]
Recent and Upcoming Activity Alerts
The Building Standards Commission published Information Bulletin 20-04 notifying code users of changes recently adopted during the 2019 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle. The 2021 International Building Code (IBC) added important changes in material technologies and their expanded use on Tall Wood Buildings. However, the 2021 IBC will not be proposed for adoption into Title 24 and become effective until January 1, 2023. Therefore, with SFM leading the way, CBSC, DSA-SS/CC, and HCD proposed for adoption Tall Wood/Mass Timber building standards for early use starting on July 1, 2021.
On January 19th, the Department of Labor and Industry will hold a public hearing to consider a proposed rule amending Section 24.301.161, Incorporating by Reference of International Energy Conservation Code. It would adopt and incorporate by reference the International Code Council’s International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 Edition, with amendments. The current code is the 2012 edition. 
On January 27th, the State Codes Advisory Committee will hold a legislative update regarding Mass Timber and the IBAC On-Frame Rule.
The Department of Community Affairs adopted one new mandatory State Minimum Standard Code without Georgia State Amendments and two new permissive codes with Georgia State Amendments which become effective on January 1, 2021. The new Mandatory State Code is the 2020 National Electrical Code without Georgia Amendments. The two permissive codes are the 2018 International Existing Building Code with Georgia Amendments and the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code with Georgia Amendments.
Upcoming Code Body Meetings
Kansas Corporation Commission
State Building Code Council
Building Codes Program
Code Adoption Committee
State Codes Advisory Committee
Fire Prevention and Building Code Council
Bills with Recent Activity
Bill #
Bill Title
Primary Sponsor(s)
Last Action
Last  Action Date
Uniform Building Code Commission Amendments
Curt Bramble (R), Mike Schultz (R)
LFA/ bill sent to agencies for fiscal input
December 16th, 2020
Summary: This bill adopts the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code; amends statewide amendments to the International Building Code and the International Residential Code to reference the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code; amends statewide amendments to the National Electrical Code to update the reference of a deleted section; and makes technical and conforming changes.