WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

CASp Open Book Exam – Project Type and Updated Reference List

Please see the important updates below regarding the Open Book part of the upcoming Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Examination on July 15, 2015:

1. Project Type Announced for July

The project type for the Open Book portion of the July 15, 2015 CASp Examination is Public Housing for Seniors.

For code application, use California Building Code (CBC) Chapter 11B for the following:

  • Public and common use areas, exterior areas, and parking areas.
  • Residential Dwelling Units with mobility features.
  • Residential Dwelling Units with communication features.

Use CBC Chapter 11A, Division IV within the Residential Dwelling Units with adaptable features.

2. Examination Reference Document Updated

The List of References that will be provided to you for use with the Open Book Examination was updated. It is available on the CASp Web page.

Registration for the July 15, 2015 Open Book and Closed Book Examinations closes on June 15, 2015. Location information and times are posted on the CASp Web page.

More information about the CASp program and instructions on how to register is available on the CASp Web page and through the CASp Account Login.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

Seismic Mitigation Program Fee Adjustments

In order to adequately cover the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) costs to administer the Seismic Mitigation Program, fees related to Phase 1: Verification of Eligibility and Phase 2: Replacement Option Analysis were adjusted. For detailed information on the program and related fees, please refer to Procedure 08-03.

The fee adjustments are effective immediately. For Phase 1 and Phase 2 work already submitted and under review by DSA, the fee adjustments will not apply.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposes new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.

The proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (“CALGreen”) Code require reduction in outdoor potable water use for both new construction and modernization projects. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.

The California Building Standards Commission will consider the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015. If approved, the new requirements will apply to projects submitted to DSA on or after July 1, 2015.
Further details, including square footage and project valuation thresholds, will be determined after discussion with stakeholders. The additional changes will be presented at the July 21, 2015 Building Standards Commission meeting.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum

The meeting agenda and materials are available on DSA’s Access 2016 Web page for the upcoming Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum on Chapter 11B Draft Amendments.

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum

Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Division of the State Architect
1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B
Sacramento, CA 95811

This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

2013 CBC Amendments: Accessibility Course

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) Academy is offering new sessions of the 2013 California Building Code (CBC) Amendments: Accessibility class.

2013 CBC Amendments: Accessibility Course

This one-day course highlights significant changes to access regulations in the 2013 California Building Code, Chapter 11B, including amendments in the 2013 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle Supplement, effective July 1, 2015. Chapter 11A (housing) is not covered.

Courses take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

Oakland – Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Los Angeles – Thursday, July 9, 2015
Sacramento – Tuesday, July 21, 2015
San Diego – Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cost – $250.00

For more information and to register, please visit the DSA Academy website. Registration closes two weeks prior to each class.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

DSA revised the following access compliance reference materials to include the 2013 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle Supplement published on January 1, 2015, effective July 1, 2015:

  • 2010 – 2013 California Building Code (CBC) Cross Reference Matrix
  • 2013 CBC Expanded Table of Contents for Chapter 11B
  • 2013 CBC Advisory Manual

These documents are located on DSA’s California Access Compliance Reference Materials Web Page.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum

The topic of discussion at the upcoming Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum is Chapter 11B Draft Amendments. Visit DSA’s Access 2016 Web page for the meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Division of the State Architect
1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B
Sacramento, CA 95811

This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

DSA’s Quarterly Form and Publication Changes Summary

Dear DSA Partners,

The First Quarter 2015 summary of new and revised documents is now available!

The list includes documents, such as Forms, Bulletins, and Interpretations of Regulations, that were added or revised in January, February, and March 2015.

This, and previous summaries, are also posted in the DSA News & Events at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/NewsEvents.

Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this information.

Sales Tax on Services – Coalition Letter and CalTax Publications

Colleagues,

​You should be aware of SB 8, the proposed tax on services bill which is presently being considered. This could have serious consequences for all of us. The ACIA is part of the coalition to stop this bill together with many other organizations. Please review the attached documents for more information. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who would be affected by this bill.​

(1) Coalition’s letter of opposition that was delivered to Senator Hertzberg’s office
(2) CalTax’s series of commentaries, and our policy paper pertaining to a sales tax on service​s
(3) State Board of Equalization’s estimated price tag of $122.6 billion annually