Department of Building Inspection Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015-2016 - Page 28

Building Code Cycle For the last three years, DBI’s Technical Services Division staff have been working to update San Francisco’s building code standards to follow California state building code standards. Through this process, DBI is ensuring the safe construction and alteration of San Francisco’s more than 200,000 buildings. On January 1, 2017, new applicable Building, Existing Building, Historical Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Green Building and Energy Codes will be in effect. Highlights of the 2016 San Francisco Building Code Amendments: Highlights of the 2016 California Building Code Changes: 1. Better Roofs-Required Solar and/or Green roofs 1. Provisions for multi-tiered, ordinary concentric braced frames where diaphragms do not occur at each level. 2. Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings 3. Building Façade Inspection and Maintenance 4. Code Enforcement Procedures 5. Permit Suspension for Repeat Violations 6. Mandatory Disabled Access Improvements 7. Conditional Use Required to Remove Any Residential Unit 8. Notice to Tenants of Dwelling Unit Merger or Demolition 9. Definition of Vacant or Abandoned Building was adopted as California Existing Building Code 28 Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report 2. Provisions allowing cross-laminated timber (CLT) for gravity loads were added to the code. 3. Provisions for installing cladding over foam insulating sheathing on various substrates were added to the CBC. 4. The 2015 International Existing Building Code was adopted as California Existing Building Code. Chapter 34: Existing Structures regulations were eliminated from the CBC. Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report 29