The International Code Council will require CO detectors in new homes, the group announced.
New homes with attached
garages and gas furnaces will have to include carbon monoxide detectors under
new rules recently approved by the International Code Council.
The council sets building
safety and fire-prevention regulations that often guide construction
nationwide. Many of its rules are adopted into state and local building codes.
“We are exploring improvements in
the areas of structural and fire safety alongside sustainable and
energy-efficient building, all of which will have enormous impact on virtually
every aspect of safety in the built environment,” said council President Adolf
Zubia, a fire chief in Las Cruces, N.M.
Another change that will
affect HVAC contractors is a requirement that new houses and buildings with
forced-air furnaces also include programmable thermostats.
The council also ordered a
boost in the R-values for insulating walls, floors and basements in cold
climates to save on heating and cooling costs.
Council approves new codes
October 9, 2008