Building Code Board of Appeals Minutes 06/16/2015

Meeting date: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015


JUNE 16, 2015





Charles Warren, Chairman, called the Annual Meeting for the Building Code Board of Appeals to order at 6:03 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Room 103 of the Simsbury Town Offices located at 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT.  The following members were also present: Rich Cortes, Bill Egan, JoAnn Hogan, Paul Holland,  with Steven Antonio coming in shortly after the call to order. Also in attendance was Henry Miga, Town of Simsbury Building Official.  



Annual Meeting June 17, 2014


Minor edits and corrections were made to the minutes.


Mr. Egan  made a motion to approve the minutes as amended from June 17, 2014. The motion was seconded by JoAnn Hogan and was unanimously approved. 




Chairman Warren indicated that, although he ultimately accepted the position of Chairman last year, his personal preference that the Chairman be a Simsbury resident had not changed.  He noted that Paul Holland would agree to take the position should he be nominated by the Board.


Mr. Egan made a motion to nominate Paul Holland as Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Antonio and was unanimously approved. 




Chairman Warren explained that a Deputy Chairman can either be nominated by the Board or the Chairman can opt to appoint one. He indicated his willingness to again serve as Deputy Chairman.


Mr. Egan made a motion to nominate Charles Warren as Deputy Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Antonio and was unanimously approved. 



Membership List - verify


Chairman Warren distributed the membership list and requested changes and updates be given to him to forward on to the Planning office.



There was a discussion to decide on the next meeting date prior to Mr. Miga’s code update.



Suggested: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6PM


Chairman Warren suggested the Board keep to the normal schedule of meeting on the third Tuesday in June. In response to a question by Mr. Egan, Chairman Warren indicated that the Board only meets once a year, unless an appeal gets filed. In that case, the members are required to convene within 3-5 days to hear the appeal. Later in the meeting Mr. Miga suggested that the Board could, in fact, meet only on an ad hoc basis when appeals arise. Even then, the State statutes allow for appeals to be forwarded to the State Codes & Standards Commission and therefore there is not as much of an urgency if this Board cannot get a quorum to meet. In addition, interpretation of the building code lies with the State Building Official or the State Fire Marshal.  Chairman Warren noted his appreciation that residents have a choice for a local body to review their appeals.


Mr. Egan made a motion to accept the date of the next meeting as June 21, 2016.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Hogan and was unanimously approved.




Discussions of current CT Building Codes and proposed changes with Henry Miga, Town Building Official


Chairman Warren asked Mr. Miga for a brief update of code changes and any future expectations. Mr. Miga said that the 2009 International Energy code has been adopted. The Codes & Standards committee is continuing to work through the administrative process for the adoption of the entire body of 2012 codes to get them to the Attorney General’s office and ultimately through the public hearings. Significant personnel shortages on the State level, ongoing discussions around the coordination of the building and fire codes, as well as discussions of eliminating the need for Connecticut-specific amendments, have delayed the process longer than anticipated. Once the public hearing process begins, it will be at least another 9 months to a year.


He continued by saying that once the entire body of 2012 codes have been reviewed, the committee will start immediately with the review of the 2015 set of codes. There have been discussions about approaching the process differently in order to significantly accelerate the approval process, including creating a separate document for CT-specific amendments.   


Mr. Miga indicated that the DEEP will also have an impact on the residential energy code in areas such as electrical vehicle charging stations.  On the commercial side, there has been a backing off of some of the 2015 energy codes as they are becoming much more complicated and creating standards that are harder and harder to achieve. Chairman Warren agreed, indicating how large and costly the volumes of codes have become.  Mr. Miga also noted that the implementation of third party verification and testing, versus the trades doing their own verification that the code is being met, is making the construction process less productive. Mr. Miga agreed with Ms. Hogan that some of that is due to the fact that these are new codes and the experts are less trusting that they are being implemented properly in the field.




Chairman Warren thanked Mr. Holland for taking on the Chairman position and congratulated him. 


Mr. Antonio motioned to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 pm. The motion was seconded by Mr. Egan and was unanimously approved.



Respectfully Submitted,



Colleen Fenn, Commissions Clerk