BUILDING CODE BILLS

AB 1918 (Williams D) Air Conditioner Systems.

Existing law, the Contractors’ State License Law, provides for the licensing and regulation of contractors by the Contractors’ State License Board in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Under existing law, a willful or deliberate disregard by a licensed contractor of various state building, labor, and safety laws constitutes a cause for disciplinary action. This bill would require the board to develop a system to track air conditioner appliance sales and installations and to ensure that air conditioner appliance systems are installed according to applicable building codes and with the necessary permits. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1983 (Gray D) Water meters: Multiunit Structures.

The Water Measurement Law requires every water purveyor to require, as a condition of new water service on and after January 1, 1992, the installation of a water meter to measure water service. That law also requires urban water suppliers to install water meters on specified service connections, and to charge water users based on the actual volume of deliveries as measured by those water meters in accordance with a certain timetable. This bill would authorize the owner or operator of a building containing residential units to install equipment to determine or use an economic allocation methodology to approximate the quantity of water that is provided to the tenants and used in the common areas of that building. The bill would also authorize the owner or operator of a building to charge tenants separately for water and wastewater service based on usage as determined through the use of that equipment or allocation methodology if certain requirements are met, including that the owner or operator disclose certain information to the tenants as part of any contractual leasing agreement. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2181 (Bloom D) Building standards: Seismic Retrofit.

Existing law authorizes a city, city and county, or county to establish, by ordinance, building seismic retrofit standards applicable to the seismic retrofit of any buildings identified, as specified, by the city, city and county, or county as being hazardous to life if an earthquake occurs. Existing law identifies specified types of buildings as potentially hazardous under these provisions, including certain unreinforced masonry buildings and specified woodframe, multiunit residential buildings constructed before January 1, 1978. This bill would additionally authorize each city, city and county, or county to require that owners assess the earthquake hazard of soft story and older concrete buildings, and would include concrete residential buildings that were constructed prior to the adoption of local building codes that ensure ductility, as specified, as potentially hazardous if an earthquake occurs. The bill would authorize a city, city and county, or to employ seismic evaluation of older concrete residential buildings to address individual seismically hazardous buildings without regard to how the buildings came to the attention of its officials. The bill would require the seismic retrofit of a concrete residential building identified as potentially hazardous to comply with the recommendations of a qualified expert, with nationally recognized research recommendations, or with a nationally recognized model cake, as specified.

AB 2227 (Quirk D) Building Standards: Solar Energy Systems.

Existing law declares that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems. Existing law provides that building standards shall be filed by the California Building Standards Commission with the Secretary of State and codified only after they have been approved by the commission. This bill would require that building standards for the construction, installation, and alteration of solar energy systems, as specified, be adopted and published in the California Building Standards Code by the commission no later than July 1, 2015.

AB 2282 (Gatto D) Building Standards: Recycled Water Infrastructure.

The California Building Standards Law provides for the adoption of building standards by state agencies by requiring all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval and adoption. In the absence of a designated state agency, the commission is required to adopt specific building standards, as prescribed. Existing law requires the commission to publish, or cause to be published, editions of the code in its entirety once every 3 years. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to propose the adoption, amendment, or repeal of building standards to the California Building Standards Commission and to adopt, amend, and repeal other rules and regulations for the protection of the public health, safety, and general welfare of the occupants and the public involving buildings and building construction. This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with other designated entities, to conduct research to assist in the development of, and to propose, adoption, amendment or repeal by the California Building Standards Commission, of mandatory building standards for the installation of future recycled water infrastructure for single-family and multifamily residential buildings. The bill would authorize the department to expend funds from the existing Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund for this purpose upon appropriation. The bill would require the department to consider requiring local governments to adopt a recycled water service plan, with specified components. This bill would require the State Building Standards Commission to undertake identical research and activities with respect to development of mandatory green building standards for the installation of future recycled water infrastructure for commercial and public buildings.

AB 2644 (Nazarian D) Toilet Facilities.

Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, sets forth uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities. Local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing this code. These provisions are also enforced by the State Department of Public Health, except as specified. Among other things, the code sets forth standards for toilet facilities located in permanent food facilities. A person who violates any provision of the code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided. This bill would require each toilet stall in (1) toilet facilities located in permanent food facilities and provided for use by consumers, guests, and invitees, (2) restroom facilities maintained by a public agency in an establishment that serves or is open to the public, and (3) temporary or permanent restroom facilities in publicly and privately owned facilities where the public congregates to contain a waste receptacle. By imposing new duties on local health agencies and by revising the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

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