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Bryan P. Holland
South Field Representative, NEMA

Vigorous Code Adoption Activity Continues in the South


early every state in the NEMA Southern
Region is actively undergoing the regulatory
code update process or has current legislation
being considered that impacts code adoption.
The NEMA Field Representatives and other
members of the Coalition for Current Safety Codes
are working hard with stakeholders and other
interested parties to get the most current editions
of codes and standards adopted and enforced.
The Florida Building Commission and Florida
Fire Code Advisory Council will complete the
rulemaking process this summer to put the 2017
Florida Building Code and Florida Fire Prevention
Code (6th Edition) on track for an effective date of
December 31, 2017. The 2017 code is based on the
2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes)
and 2014 National Electrical CodeĀ® (NEC). The
2017 Florida Fire Prevention Code is based on the
NFPA 1-2015, NFPA 101-2015, and NFPA 72-2013
The Florida legislature is considering several
code adoption bills that will significantly affect
the code-update process. NEMA staff is actively
monitoring the legislation and working with state
lawmakers to limit the impact to electric, fire, and
life safety requirements.
Georgia is wrapping-up review of the 2017 NEC
and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
(IECC). The State Codes Advisory Committee
will recommend adoption of the updated codes
to the Department of Community Affairs Board
in November. The 2017 NEC and 2015 IECC are
expected to go into effect on January 1, 2018.
The Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code
Council has submitted rulemaking to the state
legislature to adopt the 2015 I-Codes and 2014
NEC with an effective date of July 1, 2017.
North Carolina
The North Carolina Building Code Council moves
closer to adoption of the 2018 state building code
based on the 2015 I-Codes and the 2017 electrical
code that is based on the 2017 NEC. The regulatory

process is expected to be completed by December
2017, followed by legislative oversight and approval
of the updated code adoption package. The
current timeline anticipates an effective date of
January 1, 2019.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce
and Insurance has filed a rulemaking to
adopt the 2014 NEC with an effective
date of June 21, 2017. The state has
been enforcing the 2008 NEC
since January 28, 2009,
and skip the
2011 edition.
The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act
requires the Department of Licensing and
Regulation to adopt the most current edition
of the NEC as the electrical code for the state.
The 2017 NEC will be the minimum standard
for all electrical work in Texas when adopted
September 1, 2017.
The Virginia Department of Housing and
Community Development is in the final regulatory
phase to adopt the 2015 Uniform State Building
Code and Statewide Fire Prevention Code based
on the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC. A series
of workgroup meetings have been scheduled
throughout 2017 followed by not less than two
rulemaking hearings with the Board of Housing
and Community Development. The current
timeline establishes an effective date of March 1,
2018. There is no pending code adoption legislation
in Virginia. ei

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June 2017

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
NEMA ei June 2017 - 9
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