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Code Alert: Michiganm 17 November 2010



On November 8, 2010 the State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes filed with the Secretary of State the 2009 Michigan Building/Residential, Rehabilitation and Energy Code Rules with an effective date of March 9, 2011.

During the review of the Michigan Residential Electrical Code, the review committee overwhelmingly voted to expand the Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) in one - two family dwellings. However, during the public hearing on July 20, 2010 there was erroneous information submitted to the Bureau which caused them to question their own statistics. Because of this action, the Bureau of Construction Codes decided to not expand the AFCI to the 2008 NEC language but leaving the AFCI provision to the bedrooms only in one - two family dwellings. By making this change, this created a safety disparity between multi-family dwellings (which falls under the 2008 NEC requirements) and one - two family dwellings.

The question should be asked “Should the residents of Michigan have less fire safety in one - two family then those in multi-family dwellings?”

Contact: Don Iverson: don.iverson@nema.org