On Nov. 1, the newest modifications to the statewide uniform building codes went into effect. Most of the code changes deal with life-safety issues, and some are adjusted due to new and better products.
Fellow home builder Curtis McCarty who owns CA McCarty Construction in Norman serves as the governor-appointee to Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission and here are his thoughts on the top six changes, not in any particular order.
For an easy overview of all the changes, his recent PowerPoint presentation is on the OSHBA website. It includes great photos and graphics and is very easy to understand. Its over 100 slides, but well worth the look.
For a more in-depth look, you can view a free copy of the changes at http://codes.iccsafe.org/andto view the Oklahoma changes, go to https://www.ok.gov/oubcc/.
Carbon monoxide alarms are now required to be hard wired and interconnected on new homes. Previously one could have simply installed a battery operated alarm outside the sleeping rooms. Combination Smoke/CO detectors are allowed in these locations
if they are properly listed. They also have to be outside all sleeping areas. If you have a split-bedroom plan, the alarm has to be outside each sleeping room. If two bedrooms in a central hallway, then just one is needed.