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Goodyear Adopts 2012 International Construction Codes

Thursday, May 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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On May 18, the Goodyear City Council voted to adopt the 2012 International Construction Codes, including the International Residential Code (“IRC”), International Plumbing Code (“IPC”) and International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”).  Goodyear also adopted a number of amendments to the IECC proposed by the HBACA.  These amendments include:

(1) HERS Amendment – any home which is certified in writing as achieving a HERS Index Score of 73 is considered to be in compliance with the IECC.

(2) R-8 Duct Trade Off Amendment – provides for a number of alternative options for builders who are not able to use R-8 Duct insulation in attics. 

(3) Sample Testing Amendment – Eliminates the requirement that every home be tested and inspected to verify compliance with the IECC and instead substitutes sample testing. 

(4) Air Handler Amendment – Deletes the leakage requirement for air handlers.

The updated codes will become effective July 1, 2015.  If you would like to submit new plans prior to the July 1, 2015 effective date, please contact Ed Kulik, Chief Building Official with the City at (623) 932-3004 or

If you have existing standard plans with the City, you will have until January 1, 2016 to update those to comply with the 2012 codes.  However, if a subdivision has less than 25 lots remaining, the City will allow you to complete those lots without updating your standard plans.  Please contact Ed Kulik for additional details.  

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