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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Two New Emergency Rules to Address Supply Chain Issues

The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) recently released two emergency rules to address supply chain issues. In response, Pierce County will not hold up final occupancy inspections for homes with only a partial installation of their heat pump system.
To ensure a safe installation of the remaining heat pump components, a separate online mechanical permit will be required at time of installation.
A summary of the emergency rules is available on the Washington State Building Code Council’s website :

  1. Purpose: To modify requirements in WAC 51-11R to allow the partial installation of heat pumps to receive the credit allotted under Table C406.3 during the current lack of compressors and/or parts.
  2. Purpose: To modify requirements in WAC 51-11R-40310 to temporarily rescind the prohibition for gas fireplaces with continuously burning pilot lights.

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