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Code Alert: South Carolina, 26 March 2010



South Carolina, Adoption of 2009 IRC

On March 22, 2009 the South Carolina Building Codes Council formally adopted the 2009 International Building, Residential, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Codes with an implementation date of January 1, 2011. Amendments to these codes as approved by the South Carolina Building Code Council can be obtained when fully processed through the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, Jennie Meade, Program Coordinator, 803-896-4688.

Of particular importance to electrical manufacturers was the adoption of the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), which had several amendments concerning electrical equipment proposed with the South Carolina Code Review Committee recommending approval of some of these. However, after hearing public testimony on all of the electrical issues the South Carolina Building Code Council only accepted two amendments to the 2009 IRC. These amendments will be for R4002.14, tamper resistant receptacles where thee exceptions were adopted and the deletion of R315.2 concerning the mandatory installation of carbon monoxide alarms in specific existing dwellings.

R4002.14 will now read:

E4002.14 Tamper-resistant receptacles.

In areas specified in E3901.1, all 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles shall be listed tamper-resistant receptacles.

Exception No. 1: Receptacles located more than 1.7 m (5½ ft) above floor.

Exception No. 2: Receptacles that are a part of a luminaire or appliance.

Exception No. 3: A single receptacle or a duplex receptacles for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that in normal use is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

R315.2 was removed that stated:

R315.2 Where required in existing dwellings.

Where work requiring a permit occurs in existing dwellings that have attached garages or in existing dwellings within which fuel-fired appliances exist, carbon monoxide alarms shall be provided in accordance with section R315.1.

However, new language requiring carbon monoxide alarms in new dwelling construction was adopted that reads:

R315.1 Carbon monoxide alarms.

For new construction, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms in dwelling units within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in dwelling units that have attached garages.

Contact: John Minick: john.minick@nema.org