09.12.51.04

.04 Incorporation by Reference.

A. In this chapter, the following documents are incorporated by reference:

(1) 2018 International Building Code (International Code Council);

(2) 2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (International Code Council);

(3) 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (International Code Council); and

(4) 2012 International Green Construction Code (International Code Council, 500 New Jersey Avenue, N. W., 6th Floor, Washington DC 20001).

B. Modifications to the International Building Code.

(1) Chapter 1. Add note to Chapter 1 of the IBC: Local jurisdictions are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. Refer to each local jurisdiction for local amendments to Chapter 1 of the IBC. Each local jurisdiction having authority shall establish, on or before the application date in Regulation .06 of this chapter, implementation and enforcement procedures that include:

(a) Review and acceptance of appropriate plans;

(b) Issuance of building permits;

(c) Inspection of the work authorized by the building permits; and

(d) Issuance of use and occupancy certificates.

(2) Chapter 1. Delete Exception in the Section 101.2 Scope and replace with the following:

(a) Exception: 1. Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the International Residential Code;

(b) Exception: 2. Existing buildings undergoing repair, alterations or additions, and change of occupancy shall comply with the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code set forth in COMAR 09.12.58; and

(c) Exception: 3. Maintenance of residential structures and premises shall comply with the Minimum Livability Code COMAR 09.12.54.

(3) Chapter 1. Delete the Section 101.2.1 Appendices and replace with the following:

101.2.1 Appendices: All the provisions in the Appendices are adopted as part of the IBC except those in Appendices A, B, D, E, and K.

(4) Chapter 9. Add note to Section 901.1 Scope Fire protection system requirements of Chapter 9 may be concurrently covered in the State Fire Prevention Code, Public Safety Article, §§6-101—6-202, Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 29.06.01. The State Fire Prevention Code is enforced by the State Fire Marshal or authorized fire official.

(5) Add note to Section 1001.1 General: Means of egress requirements of Chapter 10 may be concurrently covered in the State Fire Prevention Code, Public Safety Article, §§6-101—6-602, Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 29.06.01. The State Fire Prevention Code is enforced by the State Fire Marshal or authorized fire official.

(6) Chapter 11. Chapter 11 of the IBC related to accessibility requirements is hereby replaced with the Maryland Accessibility Code set forth in COMAR 09.12.53. A local jurisdiction may adopt and enforce the requirements of Chapter 11 of the IBC to the extent the requirements meet or exceed the requirements set forth in COMAR 09.12.53.

(7) Chapter 24. The requirements for safety glazing set forth in Public Safety Article, Title 12, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland, are in addition to Chapter 24, Section 2406 of the IBC related to safety glazing. In the event of a conflict between Chapter 24 of the IBC and the Annotated Code of Maryland, the requirements of the Annotated Code of Maryland prevail.

(8) Chapter 27. ELECTRICAL. Add note to Section 2701.1 Scope: The subject matter of this chapter is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable electrical requirements, refer to the local electrical code and the National Electrical Code as adopted and enforced by the State Fire Marshal, authorized fire officials, or building officials pursuant to the provisions of Public Safety Article, Title 12, Subtitle 6, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(9) Chapter 28. MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. Add note to Section 2801.1 Scope: The subject matter of this chapter is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable requirements concerning the mechanical systems, refer to the local mechanical code and the mechanical code adopted pursuant to the provision of Business Regulation Article, §9A-205, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(10) Chapter 29. PLUMBING SYSTEMS. Add note to Section 2901.1 Scope: The subject matter of this chapter is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable requirements concerning the plumbing systems, refer to the local plumbing code and the plumbing code adopted pursuant to the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Title 12, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(11) Chapter 30. The provisions of Chapter 30 of the IBC relate to elevators and conveying systems and are in addition to and not instead of the requirements set forth in Public Safety Article, Title 12, Subtitle 8, Annotated Code of Maryland. In the event of a conflict between the IBC and the Annotated Code of Maryland, the provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland prevail.

(12) Chapter 34. Any rehabilitation work undertaken in an existing building as defined in COMAR 9.12.58 shall comply with the requirements of Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code set forth in COMAR 09.12.58.

C. Modifications to the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings:

(1) Chapter 1. Delete the Section 102.5 Appendices and replace with the following:

102.5 Appendices: All the provisions in the Appendices are adopted as part of the IRC except those in Appendices E, J, and L.

(2) ENERGY. Chapter 11. ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

(a) Add to Section N1102.4.1.2 (R402.4.1.2): Except as provided for in the:

(i) Simulated Performance Path listed in Section N1105 (R405); and

(ii) Energy Rating Index Compliance Alternative in Section N1106 (R406);

(b) Modify Table N1105.5.2(1) (R405.5.2(1)) for Air Exchange Rate line item under the proposed design add “not to exceed 5 air changes per hour with baseline of 3 air changes per hour in climate zones 4 and 5 maintained for Standard Reference Design” after “The measured air exchange rate”; and

(c) Add exception to Section N1106.2 (R406.2): The maximum of 5 air changes per hour tested in accordance with Section R402.4.1.2 may be used to determine the Energy Rating index score with baseline of 3 air changes per hour in climate zones 4 and 5 maintained for ERI Reference Design.

(3) MECHANICAL. Chapter 12. MECHANICAL ADMINISTRATION. Add note to Section M1201.1 Scope: The subject matter of chapters 12 through 24 is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable requirements concerning the mechanical systems, refer to the local mechanical code and the mechanical code adopted pursuant to the provisions of Business Regulation Article, §9A-205, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(4) PLUMBING. Chapter 25. PLUMBING ADMINISTRATION. Add note to Section P2501.1 Scope: The subject matter of chapters 25 through 33 is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable requirements concerning the plumbing systems, refer to the local plumbing code and the plumbing code adopted pursuant to the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Title 12, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(5) ELECTRICAL. Chapter 34. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS. Add note to Section E3401.1 Applicability: The subject matter of chapters 34 through 43 is not within the scope of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. For the applicable electrical requirements, refer to the local electrical code and the National Electrical Code as adopted and enforced by the State Fire Marshal, authorized fire officials, or building officials pursuant to the provisions of Public Safety Article, Title 12, Subtitle 6, Annotated Code of Maryland.

D. Modifications to the International Energy Conservation Code.

(1) Add a note to Section C101, Scope and General Requirements: Additional requirements concerning energy conservation for buildings and structures may be required by the Energy Conservation Building Standards, Public Utilities Article, §§7-401—7-408, Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended.

(2) Add a note to Section C405.2.4 Specific Application Controls: For the new construction of hotels:

(a) Each hotel guest room shall be equipped with a master control device that automatically turns off the power to all of the lighting fixtures in the guest room no more than 30 minutes after the room has been vacated; and

(b) A master control device may also control the heating, ventilation, or air conditioning default settings in hotel guest rooms 30 minutes after a room has been vacated by:

(i) Increasing the set temperature by at least 3 degrees Fahrenheit when in the air conditioning mode; or

(ii) Decreasing the set temperature by at least 3 degrees Fahrenheit when in the heating mode.

(3) Add to Section R402.4.1.2: Except as provided for in the:

(a) Simulated Performance Path listed in Section R405;

(b) Energy Rating Index Compliance Alternative in Section R406;

(4) Modify Table R405.5.2(1) for Air Exchange Rate line item under the proposed design add “not to exceed 5 air changes per hour with baseline of 3 air changes per hour in climate zones 4 and 5 maintained for Standard Reference Design” after “The measured air exchange rate”; and

(5) Add exception to Section R406.2: The maximum of 5 air changes per hour tested in accordance with Section R402.4.1.2 may be used to determine the Energy Rating index score with baseline of 3 air changes per hour in climate zones 4 and 5 maintained for ERI Reference Design.

E. The Department encourages:

(1) Home builders to construct new high performance homes; and

(2) Local jurisdictions to amend these standards to allow builders to construct high performance homes.