WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

New Backcheck Scanning Procedure Effective July 1: Client and Reprographics Firm Responsibilities

As a reminder, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will implement a new procedure on July 1, 2015, requiring applicants, upon successful completion of backcheck, to have DSA-approved documents (plans and specifications) scanned by an outside printing firm.

DSA Policy PL 06-01: Record Sets of DSA Approved Plans and Specs now includes an attachment detailing DSA’s internal procedure, PR 06-01: Record Set Handling. The detailed attachment outlines DSA, client, and reprographics firm responsibilities related to the new process. Form DSA 145: Record Set Handling is also available on DSA’s Web site.

Clients will need to prearrange services with an outside printing firm to scan the approved documents at the applicant’s expense, and only the outside printing firm will be allowed to remove the approved documents from the DSA office.

State law, Education Code Section 17304, requires DSA to prepare a set of printed documents after plan approval, and any costs incurred are to be paid by the applicant. DSA currently scans approved documents and provides them at no expense to the client. Unfortunately, DSA can no longer assume these expenses.

The option of DSA continuing to perform scanning services and charging applicants for the DSA staff expenses was considered. However, DSA determined that actual DSA staff costs would exceed the average cost of having an outside printing firm scan documents, and that outside printing firms could provide document scanning more expeditiously than DSA.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

New Backcheck Scanning Procedure Effective Wednesday, July 1

As a reminder, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will implement a new procedure on July 1, 2015, requiring applicants, upon successful completion of backcheck, to have DSA-approved documents (plans and specifications) scanned by an outside printing firm. This change in DSA’s scanning procedure is part of a larger effort to move toward electronic-only storage of project plans.

Clients will need to prearrange services with an outside printing firm to scan the approved documents at the applicant’s expense, and only the outside printing firm will be allowed to remove the approved documents from the DSA office.

Related to this change, updated versions of DSA Policy PL 06-01: Record Sets of DSA Approved Plans and Specs and form DSA 145: Record Set Handling are now available on DSA’s Web page.

State law, Education Code Section 17304, requires DSA to prepare a set of printed documents after plan approval, and any costs incurred are to be paid by the applicant. DSA currently scans approved documents and provides them at no expense to the client. Unfortunately, DSA can no longer assume these expenses.

The option of DSA continuing to perform scanning services and charging applicants for the DSA staff expenses was considered. However, DSA determined that actual DSA staff costs would exceed the average cost of having an outside printing firm scan documents, and that outside printing firms could provide document scanning more expeditiously than DSA.

Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments

Presented by NDPTC: NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER

Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments is an 8-hour instructor led, performance-level course that will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to more effectively conduct damage assessments. One of the keys to successful response and recovery efforts is accurate and timely assessments of damages and needs. This training emphasizes collaborative strategies for conducting multi-agency damage assessments, lessons learned in data collection and analysis, and communication of findings to decision makers. Participants will also engage in hands-on applications of both traditional and emerging technologies in damage assessment.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
This course will bring together governmental and nongovernmental leaders as well as private, nonprofit and faith-based entities active in disaster management, and expose them to the requirements for conducting damage and needs assessments (DANA).

MODULES
✓ Concepts of Damage Assessment
✓ Damage Assessment Information and Communication Resources
✓ Damage Assessment Action Plan
✓ Commercial off-the-shelf damage assessment tools

June 26, 2015
8:00 Am – 5:00 Pm
Mather, CA

LOCATION AND DETAILS:
California Office of Emergency Services: Building D California Room
10390 Peter A. McCuen Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655

REGISTRATION:
www.caloes.org
Click on “Upcoming Training.” Look for the course and date on the page, click on “registration” and follow the instructions.

HOST AGENCY CONTACT:
Diana Salerno
diana.salerno@caloes.ca.gov
916-845-8286

Please see attached flyer

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum – June 23, 2015 Meeting Information

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(The end time is an estimate; the meeting may conclude earlier.)

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

Path-of-Travel Improvements

The Division of the State Architect recently issued a new Interpretation of Regulations and Procedure regarding path-of-travel improvements to existing sites:

These and other documents are available on DSA’s Publications Web page.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

New Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements

The California Building Standards Commission approved new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas on May 29, 2015.

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15, the 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.

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. Upon adoption, the new CALGreen requirements will apply to school construction projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect.

WHAT’S NEW FROM DSA

2013 CBC Amendments: Accessibility Class

First Time Offering in the Bay Area — 2013 CBC Amendments: Accessibility Class

For the very first time, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) offers a Bay Area class on access regulations and requirements. The class takes place at DSA’s Oakland office on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2013 CBC Amendments: Accessibility covers the following material:

  • Significant changes to access regulations in the 2013 California Building Code, including amendments in the 2013 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle Supplement, effective July 1, 2015.
  • The basics of using Chapter 11B to meet requirements for access compliance. (Chapter 11A [housing] is not covered.)
  • The difference between scoping and technical sections.

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The cost of the class is $250.00.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.dsaacademy.dgs.ca.gov/registration/class.asp?id=33.

If you would like to join DSA’s mailing list, please send a blank email to join-dsa_general@dgslistsrv.ca.gov.

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.