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​Technical Advisory Board
​Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing a minimum construction standard, represented by the NC State Building Code family. It is easy to envision sustainable design projects exceeding the minimum standards of the Code, and posing challenges to the Department relative to terminology, atypical construction methods or even sustainable design conflicts with parts of the Code.  Consequently, the Department is trying to head off situations where inspectors are faced with atypical “green” construction technology in the field, resulting in:
  • Inspectors’ uncertainty on how minimum Code standards mesh with these emerging sustainable solutions. Inspectors imposing requirements at odds with the project's sustainable design goals, and as a result requesting changes which may prove both costly and counterproductive.
     
Based on local historic construction activity patterns, relative to the rest of the State, Mecklenburg County will probably be hit early and hard with service requests regarding sustainable design.  To avoid lengthy reviews at the State level, and optimize our work with the new NC Department of Insurance Evaluation Services Section (now focusing on sustainable design) we believe the strongest approach is to propose compliance strategies to the State for their concurrence.  This requires active problem solving locally, focusing on the possible solutions gaining compliance with the Code’s intent, while supporting the project's sustainable design strategy.
 
In these cases members of the design and construction community who are heavily involved and conversant in sustainable design could provide an invaluable tool, serving as an expert resource as the Department considers the most appropriate enforcement strategy for a given project.  While this issue primarily regards sustainable design, we anticipate it will also involve other challenging mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) interpretation issues driven by changes either in construction technology or process.

2013 Members of the Technical Advisory Board
Name
Represents
  
George W. (Billy) Austin, PE, CEM, CPD, LEED-AP
ASHRAE
10/12/13
Donnie Jones, PE, LEED-AP, RCDD
IES
10/12/12
USGBC
10/12/13
University
10/12/13
Utility
10/12/13
Utility
10/12/13
Jeffrey Bame, AIA, LEED-AP
AIA
10/12/12
AIA
10/12/13
PENC
10/12/13
PENC
10/12/12
Imad Zeitouni, PE, LEED-GA
AGC
10/12/13
AGC
10/12/12

Tab Meeting Schedule

All TAB meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Hoffman Conference Room located in the basement of the Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC.

Meeting Process:
>  1st Wednesday of each month: submittals are distributed by email to all Technical Advisory Board (TAB) members.
>  2nd Wednesday of each month:  any TAB questions will be forwarded to the submitter.
>  3rd Wednesday of each month: the TAB will meet on those submittals needing additional information/explanation and provide the submitter an opportunity for presentation, to include their vendors if needed. Each presentation will be limited to 30 minutes. After said presentation, the TAB will make a recommendation to the trade Code Administrator to render a final decision.


Tab Meeting Minutes
  
  
9/14/2010Meeting Minutes
12/15/2010Meeting Minutes
3/16/2011Meeting Minutes


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