January 31, 2003
The Commissioner of Insurance has adopted, effective February 1, 2003, the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Building Code (IBC), and the Texas Revisions as the applicable building standards for structures to be considered as insurable property for windstorm and hail insurance coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). The IRC/IBC and Texas Revisions will replace the current TWIA Building Code for Windstorm Resistant Construction and the Windstorm Resistant Construction Guide.
Effective February 1, 2003, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) will no longer sell the Building Code for Windstorm Resistant Construction and Windstorm Resistant Construction Guide, however, for transition purposes these documents may be used until May 31, 2003. The product evaluation reports and future updates will continue to be available on our website at www.tdi.texas.gov/wind/. Current subscribers of the code and product evaluation updates will continue to receive the updates until their renewal has expired.
The IRC and the IBC are published and available from the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) at phone number (800) 423-6587 or on their website at www.icbo.org, or the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) at phone number (877) 442-6337 or on their website at www.sbcci.org.
The Texas Revisions to the international codes, along with the new and revised windstorm inspection forms, are available from the Windstorm Inspections Section of the Inspections Division, Texas Department of Insurance, 333 Guadalupe, P.O. Box 149104, Austin, Texas, 78714-9104 or on our website at www.tdi.texas.gov/wind/.
Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Engineering Services at 512-322-2212.
***PLEASE NOTE: Both the ICBO and the SBCCI, along with other organizations, have joined to form the International Code Council (ICC), since this notice was written in January of 2003. They no longer exist and they will not maintain their websites. Please see the following web address for the ICC, in lieu of visiting either the ICBO or SBCCI websites listed in the notice above: www.iccsafe.org***