AB 127, as amended, Skinner. Fire safety: fire retardants: building insulation.
Existing law authorizes the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt regulations pertaining to urea formaldehyde foam insulation materials that are reasonably necessary to protect the public health and safety. Existing law provides that these regulations may include prohibition of the manufacture, sale, or installation of this insulation. Existing law also authorizes the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation to establish by regulation insulation material standards governing the quality of all insulation material sold or installed in the state.
The California Building Standards Law requires all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval or adoption. Existing law requires the commission to receive proposed building standards from state agencies for consideration in an 18-month code adoption cycle. Existing law requires the commission to adopt, approve, codify, update, and publish green building standards applicable to a particular occupancy, if no state agency has the authority or expertise to propose green building standards for those occupancies.
This bill would require the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation
begin delete and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to, by July 1, 2015end delete, propose for consideration by the commission updated insulation flammability standards that accomplish certain things, including maintaining overall building fire begin delete safety while giving full consideration to the long-term human and ecological health impacts associated with chemical flame retardantsend delete.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 13108.1 is added to the Health and Safety
10Code, to read:
The State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the
2Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings,
begin delete Insulation and the Department of Toxic Substances shall, by
9July 1, 2015, propose for consideration by the California Building
10Standards Commission, at the sole discretion of the
11commission, updated insulation flammability standards that
12accomplish both of the following:
14 Maintain overall building fire
begin delete safety while giving full
15consideration to the long-term human and ecological health impacts
16associated with chemical flame retardants.end delete
18 Ensure that there is adequate protection from fires that travel
19between walls and into confined areas, including crawl spaces and
20attics, for occupants of the building and any firefighters who may
21be in the building during a fire.