Don’t Miss Your Chance to Comment on 2012 IRC Local Adoption

The City of Springfield has reviewed some of the new and/or altered requirements of the 2012 International Residential Code in a preliminary way with the HBA’s I&E committee along with the 2011 National Electrical Code.

City staff hopes to submit the adoptive ordinances to City Council in January of 2012.

As a part of this process each code is required to be adopted by a specific ordinance. Each ordinance includes various specific elements that the City desires to delete, modify or add as new requirements.  As a part of this review process the City is asking for YOUR review and specific comments regarding the proposed adoptive ordinances.

The HBA’s I&E (Information & Education) committee will also be meeting directly with City officials to review these code adoption plans and to provide additional input in the near future. Concerns or suggestions you have can also be shared (without attribution) by the committee if you wish to contact HBA staff ( or I&E Committee Chairman Matt Bailey ( Please provide these comments no later than November 15.

To review the proposed ordinance adopting the 2012 International Residential Building Code with amendments, click here.

To review the proposed ordinance adopting the 2011 NEC, click here.

To download a more informal review of changes in the 2012 code and City staff’s recommendations regarding them, you can click here

For a full list of the National Association of Home Builders high priority recommended amendments/changes to the 2012 IRC, you can click here

For NAHB-recommended amendments/changes specific to Chapter 11 (which pertains to energy efficiency) you can click here.

You can also go to the Builder Permits section of the city’s website and on the right hand side there is a shaded column that contains a heading “2012 Code Adoption” which provides additional details and also allows you to review other draft code ordinances such as the 2012 International Plumbing Code, the International Mechanical Code, etc.

Please review the draft ordinances, especially the proposed 2012 International Residential Building Code and provide the City with your comments by November 15, 2011.  You can email your comments to Chris Straw, Director of Building Development Services at the following address: