APGA Weighs in on I-Code Methane Detector Proposal

By Renée Lani posted 06-23-2022 12:15 PM

On June 20, APGA submitted comments in response to an International Residential Code (IRC) proposal that would require fuel gas detectors, including methane detectors, in all new construction homes within jurisdictions that adopt the code.

While APGA supports those that wish to install fuel gas detectors and warning equipment and encourages them to abide by the requirements laid out in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 715: Standard for the Installation of Fuel Gases Detection and Warning Equipment, APGA is concerned that the proposal is not appropriate for adoption. Of note, APGA believes that the provided cost impact under-estimates the true cost of implementing the proposal and that it was not drafted in a manner that would facilitate consistent updates when changes are made to the underlying code. ICC’s Public Comment Hearings will be held later this fall. The proposal was disapproved at the Committee Action Hearings earlier this year.

For questions on this article, please contact Renée Lani of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-0836 or by email at rlani@apga.org.