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Michael L. Belitzky
Manager, State Government
Relations, NEMA

State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off


iligence by NEMA and local grassroots efforts
to promote three-year adoption cycles for
national model building codes paid off in Florida,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington.
NEMA members, field representatives, and State
Government Relations staff collaborated to see
these efforts through to fruition.
These states, which previously had adopted threeyear cycles, were poised to pass legislation delaying
code adoption in response to input from the
construction industry that the constant updating
of codes is burdensome.
As a result of an outpouring of opposition by
NEMA, the International Code Council (ICC), the
insurance industry, and advocates for fire safety,
lawmakers decided to go back to the drawing board
and work with stakeholders on compromises.
In Florida, NEMA helped to create a coalition with
other, like-minded stakeholders such as the ICC.


We asserted that the state's current code adoption
process achieves the goal of requiring buildings,
homes, and other occupancies to the meet
minimum standards for electrical, fire, life safety,
and energy efficiency.
We have continued to work with the homebuilders
and legislators for final language for Oklahoma's
SB 283, which would remove references to code
adoption cycle delays while keeping intact
language related to training and other topics.
South Carolina's six-year code adoption cycle bill
is identical to last year's bill. It failed to pass out
of the Senate by the crossover deadline, thereby
ensuring its defeat this session.
In Washington, NEMA opposed SB 5500, a
six-year code cycle bill. The Local Government
Committee agreed that a six-year cycle was not in
the best interests of the state and did not hear the
bill nor bring it up for action in committee.  ei
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEMA ei June 2017

Comments from the Chairman
Electric News
Looking Ahead for Building Systems
Adding Value through ESPCs
Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
Shining a Light on PV Wire
Code & Standards
Business Analytics
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover1
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover2
NEMA ei June 2017 - 1
NEMA ei June 2017 - 2
NEMA ei June 2017 - Comments from the Chairman
NEMA ei June 2017 - Views
NEMA ei June 2017 - Electric News
NEMA ei June 2017 - Looking Ahead for Building Systems
NEMA ei June 2017 - Adding Value through ESPCs
NEMA ei June 2017 - Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
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NEMA ei June 2017 - Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
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NEMA ei June 2017 - Shining a Light on PV Wire
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NEMA ei June 2017 - Advocacy
NEMA ei June 2017 - Code & Standards
NEMA ei June 2017 - 22
NEMA ei June 2017 - International
NEMA ei June 2017 - Business Analytics
NEMA ei June 2017 - Spotlight
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover4