Greeley will be the first jurisdiction in Northern Colorado to consider the adoption of the 2012 International Building Codes. After a preliminary review, Tim Swanson, the Chief Building Official for the City of Greeley says the 2012 Model Code does not include any major changes for residential buildings.
The controversial residential sprinkler requirement remains in the 2012 Model Code but was eliminated from Greeley’s building code last year. Swanson says recommended increases in insulation requirements could increase cost. For example, attic insulation will increase from R-38 to R-49, and the insulation requirements for windows and walls have also increased. The City’s Construction Trades Advisory and Appeals board reviewed the 2012 Model Code in late July; the City Council will consider the recommendations on August 5th. Note: The City of Longmont has also begun its review of the 2012 codes but is not ready to present recommendations to the City Council.