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Building Code Rule Adoption

Issue: International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) and other I-Codes

Affects:  Those who build pools/spas

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@phta.org 

Rule Summary: The Rhode Island Building Code Commission updated the Rhode Island State Building Code to reference the 2017 National Electric Code and the 2015 International Building Code, Residential Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Property Maintenance Code, Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ISPSC.  State specific amendments were included. 

All adopted codes are mandatory within the state which mean all jurisdictions must comply with the requirements set out in each code. 

The state adopted the 2015 ISPSC as a stand-alone code to reinforce its importance as a primary code, rather than an appendix in the residential code or scattered throughout the chapters of the building code.  This code will apply to all private swimming pools and spas.  Public swimming pools and spas are regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Health. 

In regard to the 2015 IECC, PHTA members should note provisions in this code include requirements related to heaters, time switches and covers.  Also required is the APSP-14 Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency (2011 edition) and APSP-15 Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency (2011 edition). 

Status: The 2015 ISPSC and IECC go into effect August 1, 2019 with a grace period until November 1, 2019.

ISPSC final rule: https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/inactive/part/510-00-00-14

IECC final rule: https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/510-00-00-8/10737

RI Building and Fire Code Regulation webpage: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Open-Government/State/rules-and-regulations/building-and-fire-codes

RI Department of Health public pool program: http://health.ri.gov/programs/detail.php?pgm_id=160