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February 20, 2018
Fairfax County Land Development Service’s Building Division has been awarded the highest achievable rating for building code effectiveness under the current Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The division has been given a 1 / 2 (commercial / residential) rating by Insurance Services Offices, Inc. (ISO) on the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS). Working on behalf of insurance companies, ISO uses the BCEGS to evaluate a jurisdiction's current building codes and how they are enforced. The evaluations place special emphasis on mitigation of losses from fire and natural disasters. The Building Division’s achievement is remarkable especially considering the volume of work the division handles. In fiscal year 2017, its staff reviewed nearly 25,000 building plans and conducted more than 158,000 building inspections. A Class 2 rating is the highest achievable rating for Fairfax’s residential code enforcement because a key factor in ISO ratings for residential construction is whether sprinklers are required. The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development does not mandate sprinklers in single family dwellings and townhouses less than four stories, and Fairfax County is not permitted to enforce a higher standard than that set by the state. This latest ISO survey result shows an improvement in both the commercial and residential sectors. When last surveyed in 2014, Fairfax County received a Class 2 rating for building code enforcement in the commercial sector and a Class 3 for building code enforcement in the residential sector. The high rating has positive fiscal implications for property owners, who have the potential to pay lower property insurance premiums on structures in Fairfax that receive their initial occupancy permit after this ISO classification. Insurance premiums for existing properties will not be affected. Media Contact: Anne Cissel Public Information Officer Fairfax County Land Development Services 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 659 Fairfax, VA 22035 T: 703-324-2743 Anne.firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2018
By Brian Foley One of the values of Land Development Services is safety. As part of "walking-the-talk," you will be seeing our staff better equipped in the field with the proper PPE (personal protective equipment). Hard hats, Class 3 vests, safety boots, eye wear and more will be donned on job sites by Building Division field inspectors. It is our expectation that our PPE requirements will meet or exceed those on your job sites. If they don’t, please lets us know so we can ensure staff is properly equipped to comply. If your site, big or small, residential or commercial, does not have a strict PPE policy, we encourage you to adopt one. It only makes sense. From head to toe, be ready to go!
April 16, 2018
Hiba Aziz Hiba was recently promoted to an Engineer IV as a Plan Review Project Manager. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from George Mason University and a Professional Engineer’s License in Virginia. Hiba has over 10 years of professional experience in design and construction. Prior to joining the county in 2012, Hiba was a design engineer in the private sector. Hiba can be reached at 703-324-1531, TTY 711 or by email*. Jane Kim Jane recently accepted a position as an Engineer III - building plan reviewer in the Commercial-Building Branch. Jane has a B.A. in architecture from Drexel University and has worked in architectural/engineering firms before starting her career in building code enforcement. Prior to joining Fairfax County, Jane was a plan reviewer in Manassas. She can be reached at 703-324-1944, TTY 711 or by email*. Dennis Hart Dennis was recently promoted to a Code Specialist II – Fast Track plan reviewer in the Technical Services Branch. Previously, he served as a Master Combination Inspector in commercial inspections. Prior to joining the county, Dennis worked as a mechanical contractor and he also served in the United States Navy. He currently serves in an officer role in the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association. Dennis can be reached at 703-324-4606, TTY 711 or by email*. Mano Parr Mano joins the Building Division as a Master Combination Inspector. Prior to the county, he served as a residential building inspector and plan reviewer for 13 years in Herndon and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Mano can be reached at 703-631-5101, TTY 711 or by email*. Paul Roberson Paul joins the Building Division as a Master Combination Inspector with 34 years of experience in construction. He served as a superintendent building new homes for most of that time and moved to remodeling 10 years ago. Paul can be reached at 703-631-5101, TTY 711 or by email*. Kevin Talbot Kevin joins the Building Division as a Master Combination Inspector. A native Virginian, he began his construction career just out of high school. Kevin has worked in residential and light-commercial building and remodeling for 30 years; 16 of those years he owned and operated his own business. Kevin can be reached at 703-631-5101, TTY 711 or by email*. Min (Peter) Jun Peter joins the Building Division as a Master Combination Inspector. He studied architecture 20 years ago and has worked as general contractor for the past 15 years. Peter has worked on a variety of projects from residential renovations to new commercial construction. He can be reached at 703-631-5101, TTY 711 or by email*. Donna Hovis Donna recently accepted a promotion to a Code Specialist II – Fast Track plan reviewer in the Technical Services Branch. Previously she served as a plan reviewer on the Residential Walk-Thru team. Originally from Michigan, Donna also worked in Arizona and then Arlington County where she was a permit technician. Donna has an associate’s degree in Architectural and Construction Technology. She can be reached at 703-324-1517, TTY 711 or by email*. Kyle Kratzer Kyle recently accepted a promotion to a Code Specialist II – Fast Track plan reviewer in the Technical Services Branch. Kyle joined Fairfax County as a Master Combination Inspector in March 2017 after spending three years as an inspector in Fauquier County. Kyle is currently the Secretary for Region V of Virginia Building and Code Official’s Association and is actively involved with the International Code Council’s High School Technical Training Program. He can be reached at 703-324-1516, TTY 711 or by email*. *Email addresses in the county are usually email@example.com