Code Advisory Committee - April 14, 2021 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
April 14, 2021 - 9:30am

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Regular Meeting of the
DATE: April 14, 2021
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Remote Access

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1.0 Call to Order, Roll Call and confirmation of quorum.

2.0 Approval of the minutes of the Code Advisory Committee regular meeting of February 10, 2021.

3.0 Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance on amending the Housing Code to prohibit removal of existing community kitchens in group housing.
The possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action.

4.0 Discussion and possible action regarding revisions to Administrative Bulletin 093 - Implementation of Green Building Regulations.
The possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action.

5.0 Discussion regarding San Francisco’s Refuse Collection Space Design Guide.

6.0 Discussion and possible action regarding Green Building Subcommittee membership.
The possible action would be to assign and/or remove member(s) of the Green Building Subcommittee.

7.0 Continued discussion regarding status of previous recommendations to the BIC.

8.0 Continued discussion regarding a potential Information Sheet about the change of occupancy types and associated occupant load factors over time.

9.0 Continued discussion regarding update on the status of the Accessible Business Entrance (ABE) program.

10.0 Public Comments on items not on this agenda but within the jurisdiction of the Code Advisory Committee. Comment time is limited to 3 minutes or as determined by of the Chairperson.

11.0 Committee comments on items not on this agenda.

12.0 Subcommittee Reports: (Discussion & possible action) (10 minutes)
a. Housing Code Subcommittee:
Subcommittee Chair: Jim Reed
Subcommittee Members: Ira Dorter
Henry Karnilowicz

b. Mechanical Electrical Plumbing & Fire Subcommittee:
Subcommittee Chair: Jim Reed
Subcommittee Members: Robert Wong, M.E.
Henry Karnilowicz
Brian Salyers, F.P.E.

c. Administrative & General Design and Disability Access Subcommittee
Subcommittee Chair: Tony Sanchez-Corea
Subcommittee Members: Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp
Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp
Henry Karnilowicz
Jonathan Rodriguez
Nancy Goldenberg, AIA

d. Structural Subcommittee:
Subcommittee Chair: Stephen Harris, S.E.
Subcommittee Members: Rene’ Vignos, S.E., LEED A.P.
Marc Cunningham
Ned Fennie, AIA
Don Libbey, P.E.

e. Green Building Subcommittee:
Subcommittee Chair: Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp
Subcommittee Members: Ilene Dick
Gina Centoni
Henry Karnilowicz
Robert Wong, M.E.

13.0 Review of communication items. The Committee may discuss or acknowledge communication items received for discussion.
• Ordinance amending the Fire Code and Existing Building Code to extend the deadline for building owners to upgrade existing fire alarm systems from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2023.
• Emergency ordinance to require property owners of high-rise buildings with 50,000 square feet or more of nonresidential floor area that use mechanical ventilation systems, to certify that such systems are operating in compliance with applicable laws; to require businesses operating within those buildings to post certification within their work spaces; and to require the Department of Public Health and Department of Building Inspection to post information on their websites about how to file complaints about noncompliance with workplace ventilation standards, and to coordinate to ensure that all such complaints are inspected within three business days.

14.0 Committee Member’s and Staff’s identification agenda items for the next meeting, as well as current agenda items to be continued to another CAC regular meeting or special meeting, or a subcommittee meeting.

15.0 Adjournment.

Note to Committee Members: Please review the appropriate material and be prepared to discuss at the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please call Chairperson Stephen Harris, S.E. at (415) 495-3700 or Ken Hu at (628) 652-3727. The meeting will begin promptly.
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