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On The Level - July 2021 Edition
July 1, 2021
Articles in the July 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:
- Commission Adopts 2020 National Electrical Code, Delays Implementation of section 210.8(F)
- IHB Says a Fond Farewell to Donna Lipke
- Summary of ASHRAE Guidelines for Post-COVID Building HVAC Operations
- Recent License Revocations
On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.
Notice of Intent to Review
April 22, 2021
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Industrialized Housing and Buildings program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70 for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.
The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on April 16, 2021 (46 TexReg 2589), as part of a combined notice with several other rule chapters undergoing simultaneous review.
The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:
- Is it obsolete?
- Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
- Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?
The Department encourages anyone interested in the Industrialized Housing and Buildings program rules under Chapter 70 to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current chapter rules posted on the Department’s website.
Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).
Deadline to submit comments—May 17, 2021.
Remote Video Inspections of Industrialized Housing and Buildings
April 24, 2020
The Texas Industrialized Housing and Buildings (IHB) Program has developed procedures for “Remote Video Inspections” (RVI) that may be used in lieu of the regular in-plant inspection procedures for the in-plant inspections required by Rule 70.72 of the rules governing the IHB Program. These procedures shall only be in effect as required to aid in the COVID-19 disaster proclamation. Use of these procedures after the emergency has passed will require approval of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council.
Section 1.2.1 of these procedures allows the use of secure electronic/video methods as approved by the IHB Program. Currently those methods include Skype and Microsoft Teams. Other methods may be added in the near future.
TDLR Adopts Amendments to Administrative Rules
March 10, 2020
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to the Industrialized Housing and Buildings program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70, §§70.22-70.25, 70.30, 70.60, 70.70, 70.73, and 70.101). The adopted amendments implement House Bill (HB) 1385 and HB 2546, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) and make clean-up and clarification changes.
The adoption justification was published in the March 6, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 1674). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of March 15, 2020.
Industrialized Builders are required to present the purchaser of an industrialized house information regarding the limits for filing consumer complaints on industrialized housing and a copy of the final on-site inspection report as defined in 70.10(a) of the administrative rules. TDLR developed a form to help industrialized builders comply with the new administrative rule requirements. Download Consumer Notice, form IHB600. Industrialized builders are not required to use this form, but they are required to notify and provide the consumer specific documents and information in accordance with 70.78(c) of the rules governing industrialized housing and buildings.
Technical Bulletin Concerning Duct Testing in Residential Occupancies
Technical Bulletin #IHB TB 12-01, concerning duct testing in residential occupancies, has been revised to clarify that this change affects industrialized buildings that are classified as Group R-2, R-3, and R-4 occupancies as well as one- and two-family dwellings. Download Technical Bulletin #IHB TB 12-01
Modular Buildings Constructed for use of Employees in Oil and Gas Exploration
'Man camp' is the term currently being used in the modular industry to describe buildings constructed for use of employees of companies involved in oil and gas exploration. These are generally transient lodging buildings and related structures such as dining facilities, commercial kitchens, laundry rooms, and recreation buildings. These buildings are generally covered by the IHB law and rules unless they meet the exemptions in §1202.001 through 1202.003. TDLR has prepared a PowerPoint presentation that outlines the requirements of the IHB law and rules as they apply to these buildings. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed online. The presentation is also available for download as a PDF (963 KB).
Texas Industrialized Building Code Council Meetings
October 8, 2020
The Texas Industrialized Building Code Council met October 8, 2020 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports are available online.