It has been a topic of conversation for more than a year: When will incentives for T12 upgrades end? The answer is soon. This is the last year APS will offer an incentive to convert T12 lamps to T8 or higher. Act now to get projects underway and submit your application for consideration in 2013. Energy efficiency remains an important component of the State's energy savings goal, and the APS Solutions for Business program continutes to pay incentives while regulatory approval is pending. Since January 1st, the program has paid approximately $800,000 in incentives on qualifying project applications. Click the link above for more information.ANID-196 Posted: 9/18/2013
ATTENTION ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS:
The Building Renewal Fund, A.R.S. §15-2031, will be repealed as of September 12, 2013, pursuant to 2013 Ariz. Sess. Laws, 1st Spec. Sess., Ch. 3, § 42 (House Engrossed HB 2003)( effective 9/12/2013).
School districts are required to spend the monies in the district building renewal fund as authorized by the statute, A.R.S. §15-2031 (H). Once the statute is repealed, the authority to spend monies in the district building renewal fund is also repealed.
School districts should consult with their attorney if they have any questions or concerns.ANID-200 Posted: 8/7/2013
Formerly the SCIP Quality Assurance Program, the Trust Quality Assurance Program services include review of construction plans for identification of potential issues with grading and drainage; structure and foundation; onsite inspections and written reports by qualified engineers. Click the link above and contact the Trust at 602-266-4911 for more information.ANID-198 Posted: 3/13/2013
Is your district planning a demolition or renovation of school facilities? The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has published a guide for building service departments regarding asbestos NESHAP Regulations for demolition and renovation. Click the link above for more information.ANID-195 Posted: 1/23/2013
ROOF - STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS REQUIRED
In 2010, the Legislature passed HB2760 requiring the following provisions:
School districts are required to develop a roof inspection protocol that must be used before any repair or replacement of roof elements or roof mounted equipment is performed in accordance with the requirements of the local building official requiring a permit.
Inspections must be conducted by a registered structural engineer or other professional with appropriate skills, training, and certification.
School district guidelines for routine preventative maintenance shall include: plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, special equipment and other systems, and for roofing systems the guidelines must recommend visual inspections performed by district staff for signs of structural stress and weakness.
These provision have been codified in the following statutes:
A.R.S. §15-342.01 School districts; roof inspection protocol
A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL DEVELOP A ROOF INSPECTION PROTOCOL THAT SHALL BE USED PRIOR TO ANY REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF ROOF ELEMENTS OR ROOF MOUNTED EQUIPMENT PERFORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LOCAL BUILDING OFFICIAL REQUIRING A PERMIT. INSPECTIONS SHALL BE CONDUCTED BY A REGISTERED STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL WITH APPROPRIATE SKILLS, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION.
A.R.S. §15-2002 Powers and duties; executive director; staffing; report
Each school district shall develop routine preventative maintenance guidelines for its facilities. The guidelines shall include plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, special equipment and other systems and for roofing systems shall recommend visual inspections performed by district staff for signs of structural stress and weakness. The guidelines shall be submitted to the school facilities board for review and approval. If on inspection by the school facilities board it is determined that a school district facility was inadequately maintained pursuant to the school district's routine preventative maintenance guidelines, the school district shall use building renewal monies pursuant to section 15-2031, subsection L to return the building to compliance with the school district's routine preventative maintenance guidelines. Once the district is in compliance, it no longer is required to use building renewal monies for preventative maintenance.ANID-194 Posted: 8/22/2012
Pursuant to A.R.S. §15-2002.A.14, the School Facilities Board shall provide school districts every two years with information on improving and maintaining the indoor environmental quality in school buildings. Click the link above for more information.ANID-188 Posted: 7/11/2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new regulation on lead with regard to Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) effective April 22, 2010. Each school district should consult with its attorney to determine the applicability of this regulation to any specific renovation, repair or painting project. Click the link above for more information.ANID-191 Posted: 8/10/2011
U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
School districts can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to the CPSC's website. Just follow the link above and subscribe to the email list "recalls" for weekly updates on product recalls.