Pool and spa installations were in hot demand last year, and in 2021 they’re a topic of code development.  That’s right, this year I’ve had NADRA’s support to contribute to the creation of the 2024 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), specifically section 306, Decks! 

This code was first published in 2012 and since that time it’s been getting more and more attention by local and state governments.  My suburb in Denver Colorado recently adopted the 2018 edition, so it was clearly time, or past time, for deck builders to speak up.

And that’s what builders did… through NADRA… through me.  We submitted a handful of proposals in January to better craft this code.  You can read the details here: https://www.nadra.org/blog/2024-international-pool-and-spa-code-development

After the committee hearing in March, the public had the opportunity to voice their agreement or disagreement with the committee decisions, as well as suggest modifications to any proposals.  ICC published these comments in mid-august.  What’s equally important to the comments made are the comments not made.

No public comments were made to our proposals that were approved by the committee, and that means they won’t be discussed further at the second hearing this September.  They are essentially done.  The one proposal the committee disapproved, we submitted a public comment, and we asked that decision to be turned around.  We provided more details and information and a response to the committee for the governmental voters to consider when they vote this September and again during the online voting process.  You can view the public comments at this link.  The link to the public comments can be found here: (Ours is SP14-21.) https://www.iccsafe.org/wp-content/uploads/ISPSC-2021-Group-A-2021-Group-A-Aug-13.pdf

Only the governmental members (building inspectors and such) can make the final decision at the end of the process, as they are respected as the least bias professionals involved.

Did you know I’ll be representing NADRA next month at the hearings? I will be traveling to Pittsburgh, PA to testify on September 21st in support of our one disapproved proposal and to explain to the building officials why it is so important.  We are also working on proposals for the 2024 IRC that are due next January.  Next year is going to be a very busy year of hearings to develop the next edition of deck codes!  Are you aware, involved, and supporting, or are you just letting others craft your future codes for you?  If you are a member of NADRA & have an opinion about the 2024 IRC, be sure to reach out to the code committee by sending an email to Info@NADRA.org.