City of Loveland Proposed Revisions to the 2012 Code Amendments
1. Remove the current exemption from permit for re-roofs, furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners.
Currently, re-roofs that do not incorporate sheathing replacement and replacement furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners that are exact replacements are exempt from permitting. The change will require permits for all re-roofs and replacement of furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners under all conditions.
2. Remove the current exemption from permit for all pergolas.
Currently, all pergolas, regardless of size, are exempt from permitting. This change will keep all pergolas under 200 square feet in floor area exempt from permitting but require permitting for all pergolas above 200 square feet.
3. Modify Sections 403 and 410 of the International Plumbing Code to exempt B and M occupancies with occupant loads less than 100 from the current requirement for hard-piped drinking fountains.
The currently adopted IPC requires hard-piped drinking fountains in occupancies with an occupant load above 15. The proposed modification, as recommended by the Construction Advisory Board, will raise that trigger level for hard-piped drinking fountain installation to B and M occupancies with an occupant load of 100 or more.
4. Modify the International Energy Conservation Code concerning the requirement for three (3) air changes or less per hour for townhomes.
The proposed change would raise the required rate of air changes in townhomes to 4 ACH or less. Numerous builders, due to the method in which townhome fire separation walls are being constructed, have experienced difficulty in achieving the current code required rate of 3 ACH or less. Other jurisdictions have adopted or are considering a similar change to 4 ACH for townhomes.
5. Modify the wind load data within the Residential and Building Codes to adopted the Colorado Wind Gust Map and accompanying data distributed by the Structural Engineer’s Association of Colorado.
The wind load data contained within the 2012 Residential and Building Codes is outdated. Updated data contained within the Colorado Wind Gust Map has been adopted by most neighboring jurisdictions.
6. Modify the language in various sections of the mechanical, plumbing and energy codes to coordinate with the amended language previously adopted in the Building and Residential Codes.
Many of the amended sections of the Residential and Building Codes that coincide with the Plumbing and Mechanical Codes were not amended to insure consistency. Contradictions will be corrected without altering the intent of the current amendments to the Residential and Building Codes.