I hope everyone fared well through Irma earlier this week. Hopefully this will be the last storm we deal with this season.
ACEC-SC, SCSPE, AIA-SC, Carolinas AGC, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of SC met with Mark Nix, Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of SC, Thursday, September 14, 2017 to discuss H.579. Nix said he thinks much of what people are opposing to this bill is a misunderstanding. We made some progress on parts of the bill, but we still have our differences. The most important thing learned from the meeting is South Carolina would not be creating its own codes. Nix explained that the “SC Codes” would be based on the I-Codes, but South Carolina would modify the codes and call them the “SC Codes.” This by no means fixes our issues with the bill, but does clarify a major problem we identified with the bill. We will continue to work with the Home Builders to try to find a compromise the design/construction community can live with. If no compromise can be made, we will move forward in opposition.