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Bryan Dyer, Community Development Director 913.322.5527
Christy Playter, Communications Coordinator 913.322.5507

City of Merriam adopts 2012 building and fire Codes

MERRIAM, KANSAS (Aug. 27, 2014) -- The City of Merriam has adopted the 2012 building code and the 2012 fire code. To allow time for builders, contractors, and design professionals to adapt to the new changes, the 2012 building and fire codes will go into effect beginning January 1, 2015.

Some residential code changes from 2006 to 2012 are:

  • Window Sill Heights
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Fire Protection of Floors
  • Tamper-Resistant Receptacles
  • Arc-Fault Protection
  • Unfinished Basements
  • Attic Insulation
  • Windows
  • Energy Efficiency New Homes
  • Braced Wall Panel Changes

Some of the residential energy efficiency changes from 2003 to 2012 are:

  • Unfinished Basements
  • Attic Insulation
  • Windows
  • Energy Efficiency New Homes
  • HERS 85 or less may be used if the builder does not wish to follow the prescriptive methods

Some of the changes from 2006 to 2012 Commercial are:

  • Hotel Exit Signs
  • Fire-Penetrations
  • Window Sill Heights
  • Assisted Living
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fire Escape Inspections
  • Automated Cylinder Exchange Station Requirements

The above items are not intended to be a complete list of code changes. For additional information, please contact the Merriam Community Development Department at 913.322.5520.

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