HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to the hawaii state building codes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The state building code council was created in 2007 to review and adopt a comprehensive suite of the latest editions of nationally recognized building codes and standards for the State of Hawaii. The staffing and operating expenses of the council, however, have never been funded, thereby limiting the effectiveness of the work of the nine voting members, who consist of state and county government regulators and private stakeholders. This Act adds building industry and trade representatives to the membership of the council; allows staggering in the timeframe of the adoption of the codes; defines and clarifies terminology; ensures the laws governing building contractors do not conflict with chapter 107, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and makes an appropriation to fund the operations of the council.
SECTION 2. Part II of chapter 107, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title to read:
STATE BUILDING CODE AND DESIGN STANDARDS] HAWAII
STATE BUILDING CODES"
SECTION 3. Section 107-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By adding two new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read:
""Codes and standards" means nationally recognized minimum requirements for design and construction to safeguard life, property, and the general welfare.
"Hawaii state building codes" means the building codes and standards that the state building code council adopts under section 107-24."
2. By amending the definition of "hurricane resistive criteria" to read:
resistive] resistant criteria"
means the design criteria for enhanced hurricane protection areas that are
capable of withstanding a five hundred-year hurricane event, as developed by
the state department of defense for public shelter and residential safe room
SECTION 4. Section 107-22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a) and (b) to read as follows:
There is established a state building code council. The council shall be
placed within the department of accounting and general services for
administrative purposes only. The council shall consist of [
nine] eleven voting
members and one nonvoting member, who shall be the comptroller or the
comptroller's designee. The council members shall serve four-year terms
as defined in paragraphs (1) to [ (6).] (8). The voting members
(1) One county building official from each of the four counties appointed by the mayor;
(2) One member representing the state fire council;
(3) One member
representing the department of health who has significant experience in
building mechanical and sewage disposal systems; (4)] (3) One member representing
the department of labor and industrial
relations who has significant experience in elevator [ or fire] safety;
(4) One member representing the Hawaii state energy office of the department of business, economic development, and tourism;
(5) One member representing
the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii; [
(6) One member
representing the American Institute of Architects, Hawaii State Council[
(7) One member representing the Building Industry Association of Hawaii or the General Contractors Association of Hawaii who has significant experience with building codes; and
(8) One member representing the Subcontractors Association of Hawaii who has significant experience with building codes.
voting members shall constitute a quorum. The chairperson
of the council shall be elected annually from among its members by a majority
vote of the members of the council."
SECTION 5. Section 107-23, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Executive director and executive assistant. (a) The council shall appoint, exempt from chapters 76 and
89, an executive director, who shall serve at the pleasure of the council, and who
shall have administrative abilities and [ expertise in engineering or
architecture.] experience with the building industry. The
council shall also appoint, exempt from chapters 76 and 89, an executive
assistant, who shall have experience in statutory and administrative rulemaking
processes[ .] to assist in carrying out the duties of the council
under section 107-24. Other staff personnel may be appointed, but they shall
not be exempt from chapters 76 and 89.
(b) The budgetary requirements for conducting meetings, training, travel, and other related functions of the council, including the salaries of the executive director, executive assistant, and other staff personnel, shall be included in the budget of the department of accounting and general services."
SECTION 6. Section 107-24, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Authority and duties of the council. (a)
Any law to the contrary notwithstanding, the council shall establish [ a
comprehensive] the Hawaii state building [ code.] codes.
(b) The council shall appoint a
comprised of] comprising the four council members
representing county building officials, whose duty shall be to recommend any
necessary or desirable state amendments to the [ model] codes[ .] and
standards identified in section 107-25. Any recommended state amendments
shall require the unanimous agreement of the subcommittee. The council shall
designate the staggering of the adoption of the codes and standards to be adopted,
amended, and updated. The frequency of the adoption of any code or standard
shall not exceed every six years. Any recommended staggering of the adoption
of codes and standards shall be based on a review and evaluation of the utility
of each code and standard identified in section 107-25 when each edition is
(c) The council may appoint other investigative, technical expertise committees, which may include council members.
(d) The council shall consult with [
building contractor associations and building trade associations to gather
information and recommendations on construction practices and training relevant
to building codes and standards.
(e) The council shall review and adopt, as appropriate, new model building codes within eighteen months of the official publication date.
(f) The council may make expenditures for technical
references, equipment and supplies, and other operating expenses, and may contract for the conduct of research studies and other technical services.
(g) The council [
provide education and technical training and administrative assistance in the
form of services or grants at the state and county levels relating to the
implementation and enforcement of the Hawaii state building [ code]
codes adopted pursuant to this part.
(h) At the close of each fiscal year, the council shall submit a written report to the governor on its activities, including the codes and standards established by the council."
SECTION 7. Section 107-25, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§107-25[ ] State] Hawaii
state building [ code;] codes; requirements. There
[ is] are established [ a] the Hawaii state building [ code]
codes applicable to all construction in the State of Hawaii. The Hawaii state building [ code] codes shall [ include:] be based
(1) The [
latest edition of the] state fire
code as adopted by the state fire council;
(2) The [
latest edition of the] Uniform
Plumbing Code, as copyrighted and published by the International Association of
Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, including its appendices;
(3) The [
latest edition of the] International
Building Code, the International Residential Code, and the International
Energy Conservation Code, as published by the International Code Council;
(4) The National Electrical Code, as published by the National Fire Protection Association;
(4)] (5) Hawaii
design standards implementing the criteria pursuant to Act 5, Special Session
Laws of Hawaii[ ,] 2005, as applicable to:
(A) Emergency shelters built to comply with hurricane resistant criteria, including enhanced hurricane protection areas capable of withstanding a five hundred-year hurricane event as well as other storms and natural hazards; and
(B) Essential government facilities requiring continuity of operations; and
(5)] (6) Code provisions based on
nationally published codes or standards that include, but are not limited to,
residential and hurricane [ resistive] resistant standards related
to loss mitigation standards in accordance with section 431P-12, [ for
residential construction, fire,] elevator, [ electrical, plumbing,] mechanical,
flood and tsunami, existing buildings, [ and energy conservation standards
for building design and construction,] and onsite sewage disposal."
SECTION 8. Section 107-26, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§107-26[ ] State] Hawaii
state building [ code] codes; prohibitions. In adopting [ a]
the Hawaii state building [ code,] codes, the council shall
not adopt provisions that:
(1) Relate to administrative, permitting, or enforcement and inspection procedures of each county; or
chapter] chapters 444 and 464."
SECTION 9. Section 107-27, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Exemptions.] Design of state buildings. (a) [ Upon] No later than one year after the
adoption of rules under this chapter, the design of all state building
construction shall be in compliance with the Hawaii state building [ code
within one year of its effective date, and] codes, except that
state building construction shall be allowed to be exempted from:
codes that have not adopted the Hawaii state building [
county code amendments that are inconsistent with the minimum performance
objectives of the Hawaii state building [
code] codes or
the objectives enumerated in this part; or
(3) Any county code amendments that are contrary to code amendments adopted by another county.
(b) Exemptions shall include county ordinances allowing the exercise of indigenous Hawaiian architecture adopted in accordance with section 46-1.55."
SECTION 10. Section 107-28, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
County [ building code] authority to amend and adopt the Hawaii
state [ model] building [ code] codes without [ state]
council approval. (a) The governing body of each county shall amend,
adopt, and update the Hawaii state building [ code] codes
as [ it applies] they apply within its respective jurisdiction, in
accordance with section 46-1.5(13), without approval of the council. Each
county shall [ use] amend and adopt the [ model] Hawaii state
building codes and standards listed in section 107‑25, as the referenced [ model] Hawaii state
building codes and standards for its respective county building code ordinance,
no later than two years after the adoption of the Hawaii state building [ code.]
(b) If a county does not amend the [
model code] Hawaii state building codes within the two-year time frame,
the Hawaii state building [ code] codes shall become
applicable as an interim county building code [ until the county adopts the
SECTION 11. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $250,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2014-2015 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 for the operations of the state building code council, including salaries for staff personnel, training, travel, and technical assistance services.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of accounting and general services for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 12. This Act does not affect the rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 13. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 14. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2014.
Hawaii State Building Codes
Modifies the composition of the State Building Code Council. Allows staggering of the code-adoption timeframe. Defines and clarifies terminology to ensure laws governing building contractors do not conflict with Chapter 107, HRS. Makes an appropriation to fund the operations of the Council. Effective July 1, 2014.
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