Connecticut Is Considering Adopting Appendix Q

Connecticut Has Announced Their Intent To Adopt The 2018 IRC Editions

Written By Janet Thome

The State Building Inspector, State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee announce intent to adopt the 2020 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2018 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) documents.  Technical review of these codes will be conducted by the Committee’s Codes Amendment Subcommittee (CAS) along with DAS staff.  This review will begin April 2019 and is planned to be completed August 2019.

Proposed Codes
  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2020 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
  • 2009 ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
The Process:

Work groups made up of CAS members and DAS staff, have been established to review specific portions of the proposed codes for changes from the current code and to update the current amendment documents.  Each of these work groups will provide a report of their review, identify issues that require additional discussion or research, and present their amendment document changes.

Appendix Q Is Being Considered

Joseph V. Cassidy confirmed that Connecticut is considering adoption of Appendix Q as part of their  2020 State Building Code. They are in technical development portion of our process now.  There will be a public comment period for the completed draft code early next year.

Joseph V. Cassidy, P.E. | State Building Inspector

Office of the State Building Inspector

Department of Administrative Services

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 1303

Hartford, CT 06103

Office: (860) 713-5705

Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation

Appendix Q-Adopted into the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less
Appendix Q relaxes various requirements in the body of the code as they apply to tiny houses that are 400 square feet or less.
Attention is specifically paid to features such as compact stairs, including hand rails and headroom, ladders, reduced ceiling heights in lofts and guard and emergency escape and rescue opening requirements of lofts.

The International Residential Code is a comprehensive, stand alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for one-and two family dwellings of three stories or less.

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