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Wilmington City Council Approves Transportation Bond Referendum PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:28
At their July 8 meeting, the Wilmington City Council approved a $44 million bond referendum which would allow for $55 million in transportation improvements within the city. The remaining $11 million would come from existing funds. Traffic has consistently been a primary concern for citizens in years of citizen surveys. 
On May 20, Council heard the findings of a Council committee that had been tasked with identifying priorities among the area’s many transportation needs. The long list of needs that would be addressed by this bond includes $35 million for road projects and $20 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects. 
The referendum will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The bond will increase property taxes by 2 cents and will fund many different roadway and pedestrian improvements across town. More information about the transportation bond can be found HEREHERE
Leland Council Nixes $1 Inspection Fee PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:40
As a way of attracting business to the area, Leland town officials reduced the town’s inspection fee to just one dollar last year.  This was a bold move and more than likely had an positive impact on our members’ bottom lines.  However after careful consideration of this year’s budget and the town’s overall finances the council has decided to end this formula and has increased the permit fees to a more pronounced rate.
Now, a building permit for a residential heated area (the most expensive of the schedule) will use the following multiplier of $0.45 x Square Footage.  So for example the inspection fee on a 2500 square foot house will cost roughly $1125.  We would note that as of two years ago the town had some of the highest building permit fees in the area and would have been nearly double the current fee of $1125.  You can view the full permit fee schedule hereYou can view the full permit fee schedule here
NC Building Code Update - Low-E Emergency Rule Effective July 2 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:50
As reported by multiple local news outlets across the country and documented by aninvestigation by local NC television station WRAL, there are concerns regarding how low-e windows' high reflectance could concentrate sunlight and contribute to the melting of vinyl siding of houses and plastic on cars.
The NC Building Code Council adopted an Emergency Rule regarding requirements for low-e windows at the June 10, 2014, meeting. This emergency rule was signed by an Administrative Law Judge on June 24, 2014.
The effective date for the Rule is July 2, 2014, which means that it is available for use by the permit holder until a temporary rule is adopted by the Council and approved by the Rules Review Commission. The Council also adopted a Temporary Rule at the same time for continuation of the rule process and has indicated it will move quickly to develop a permanent rule to address the issue."
The Council cited the following as need for an emergency rule:
 "A serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety or welfare. We now have information that reflective energy from some Low-E windows can cause damage to property and may have the potential to create a fire hazard."
Effective July 2, 2014, the emergency rule gives builders of one-and two-family dwellings and townhouses the option to substitute non-low emissivity glazed fenestration products for low emissivity glazed fenestration products without energy penalty when judged by the permit holder to be a safety concern due to reflection of concentrated sunlight.
Footnotes to that effect were added to the 2012 NC Residential Building Code in the following Tables:
1. TABLE N1102.1 INSULATION AND FENESTRATION REQUIREMENTS BY COMPONANT (See the addition of footnote l in the FENESTRATION U-FACTOR column and the addition of footnote m in the GLAZED FENESTRATION SHG column)
2. TABLE N1102.1.2 EQUIVILANT U-FACTORS (See the addition of footnote e in the FENESTRATION U-FACTOR column).
Identical notes were added to the corresponding Tables in the 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code, TABLE 402.1.1 INSULATION AND FENESTRATION REQUIREMENTS BY COMPONANT and TABLE 402.1.3 EQUIVILANT U-FACTORS.
There are instructions in the accompanying commentary for the emergency rule that addresses substitute fenestration products and how they are allowed to be modeled in the REScheck program without penalty.
Please direct your comments on the Temporary Rule to:
Barry Gupton,
Secretary, NC Building Code Council
322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603
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