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    Default Is heat required in NJ - by the NJ code?

    NOPE!

    Oh my gawd ...

    I confirmed this and this is what I was told:

    NJ has so many "seasonal use" dwellings that they removed R303.8 Required heating. from the NJ IRC.

    GONE!
    R303.8 Required heating.
    When the winter design temperature
    in Table R301.2(1) is below 60
    F (16C), every dwelling
    unit shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining
    a minimum room temperature of 68
    F (20C) at a point
    3 feet (914 mm) above the floor and 2 feet (610 mm) from exterior
    walls in all habitable rooms at the design temperature. The
    installation of one or more portable space heaters shall not be

    used to achieve compliance with this section.

    I asked about all the dwelling which are not built for seasonal use and that what he was telling me was that they are not required to have heat ... a pause ... and then ... Correct. They are not required to have heat. We decided that since so many dwellings are on the coast or in the mountains, that we just did not want to always have to write up exceptions, so that section was removed.

    I asked why they did not just add an exception which said:

    - R303.8 Required heating. When the winter design temperature blah, blah, blah)

    - Exception:
    - - Unless approved by the building official for dwellings for seasonal use only.

    That means that all the building official has to do is approve, on the plans, 'No heat required, this dwelling is approved for seasonal use only.'

    He said he would discuss that as they are just now getting ready to start discussing amendments for 2009.


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    Default Re: Is heat required in NJ - by the NJ code?

    EC Jerry; New Jersey folks move very quickly and as you know fast movement generates heat. Therefore, heating in residential dwellings is not required in the Garden State.

    Jerry McCarthy
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    Default Re: Is heat required in NJ - by the NJ code?

    WC Jerry,

    I was kinda thinking it was because of all that toxic waste dumped in NJ, no need to heat ... all that decomposing waste generates heat, and NJ has somehow managed to retain that heat with its state lines.

    I can just see it now:

    For Sale - Approved for Seasonal Use Only, not approved for full-time occupancy.

    Wonder what that would do to the resale value?

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    Default Re: Is heat required in NJ - by the NJ code?

    Jerrys, enough already! We got a great state here, despite some problem areas...

    JP, if you called to Trenton you could probably concur that the state code guys are very helpful and don't have an attitude toward home inspectors. Call the local municipal inspectors and you can usually hear the snickering when you say that you're an inspector.


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    Default Re: Is heat required in NJ - by the NJ code?

    That includes Suntan s basement .. the local plan reviewer should be brought up on charges .. for putting his personal demands into a permit approval.. That's why at least the Construction officialand the Mayor should be made aware of this criminal behavior.
    Better still the guys licence should be revoked and this cancer removed..


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