Over the weekend I learned that the Governor has extended her moratorium on non-critical rule making through the end of 2012. By then, the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code will be nearing its publication. Therefore, this has essentially ended all chances of the 2011 NEC ever being adopted in Washington State. Individual cities will still make their own decisions on whether to adopt 2011 or wait for 2014. Similarly, the other codes (plumbing, residential, etc.) are also in limbo. This has some pretty serious implications for our cities and counties, because codes are built on previous editions and if they haven’t adopted the new code this year and do adopt the code in the future, getting from point A to point B will be complicated.
What does this mean for us?
We will try to stay current with our cities and counties, but as most of them have moved to the July 1 adoption dates from the State Building Code Council, it’s safe to say that the things won’t be changing in the near future for any of our cities and counties. Sno-Isle Libraries reference collection will continue to reflect the current codes of each community. Since the electrical code group was the first to notify us, that’s the one that I have the most information about right now. Although we currently have the 2011 NEC in our four reference centers (LYN, MAR, OAK, SNO), we will also continue to keep the 2008 NEC in the 12 libraries that currently own a copy in reference (ARL, COU, DAR, LNG, LYN, MAR, MON, MTL, MUK, OAK, SNO,STA) since it is currently the code of record.
Stay tuned, I’m sure this is going to be a subject to which we will return (over and over!). Please share the above information with your staff and feel free to contact me with any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.