RESOURCES

Here are downloadable resources on the statewide building code and FAQs.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What are the costs of leaving the building code review, adoption and coordination the way it is?

Greater business and agency inefficiencies.

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A state or local government agency that must ensure buildings meet a building code must conduct full code body reviews every three years; potentially arriving at different conclusions than in other agencies or in neighboring communities – certainly different across the state. Local communities often look for the state to model building codes, then adopt with local amendments.  There is confusion with multiple agencies adopting and enforcing codes. Departments like DEED have been forced to adopt codes for schools, when this might be better left to Public Safety and Dept of Labor. This also makes it harder for new building science research to be incorporated consistently into building codes. This is an inefficient use of state and local municipal resources, with each conducting reviews and developing local codes.  This also makes shared statewide training and licensing more complicated. Finally, this can certainly cause additional work and inefficiencies for builders operating in multiple jurisdictions. Increase liability for firms designing and building with no codes. Confusion in the courts.

What is the PUR 101 / 102 process?

The PUR 101 and 102 processes are a private industry solution to code enforcement. AHFC provides training and certifies an energy rater for conducting a performance based blower door test and modeling a home in AkWarm for the purposes of measuring a home’s energy efficiency.  The PUR 102 is also a private industry solution where private a licensed architect, engineer, ICC residential inspector, or a licensed builder can certify that the home meets the ICC Residential Code as adopted by the AHFC Board.  In remote communities videos may be submitted if prior written approval has been obtained. This system does not have public inspectors and the state only pays the costs for managing the system.

Won’t this just create a huge new state bureaucracy?

No, this is a private sector solution with state oversight;  Nearly all of these tasks are done by the state now, just in fragmented and incomplete processes.

How many State Agencies are involved with building codes and/or energy standards at present?

At least six (see Summary Matrix for more detail).

  1. Department of Public Safety

  2. Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  3. Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

  4. Department of Education and Early Development

  5. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

  6. Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

How many municipalities adopt building codes?

Seven boroughs and 14 municipalities have adopted local building code

  1. City Of Akutan

  2. Municipality of Anchorage

  3. City of Fairbanks

  4. City and Borough of Juneau

  5. City and Borough of Sitka

  6. City and Borough of Ketchikan

  7. City of Kotzebue

  8. City of Nome

  9. City of North Pole

  10. City of Palmer

  11. City of Petersburg

  12. City of Kenai

  13. City and Borough of Kodiak

  14. City of Seward

  15. City of Skagway

  16. City of Soldotna

  17. City of Valdez

  18. City of Wrangell

  19. Borough of Yakutat

  20. Matanuska Susitna Borough

Will HB76 keep licensed plumbers and electricians out of residential home building?

No. The proposed code adopts the International Residential Building code and contains all code provisions related to building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and full gas systems.

What are the major benefits of statewide adoption of residential and commercial codes?

Once in place, a comprehensive statewide package of building codes with energy efficiency standards would provide increased simplicity, consumer protection, safety, and further economic development and job creation.