History in Brief

In response to the June 16, 2015 balcony failure that occurred at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, which resulted in serious injuries and fatalities, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) formed an Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) Subcommittee. The Subcommittee is comprised of Commissioners Kent Sasaki and Steve Winkel. The purpose of this subcommittee is to review reports and other information regarding failures of this type and to possibly make regulatory or statutory recommendations to the CBSC and/or state agencies that have authority to amend the California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Title 24).

 

Legislative Mandate

On September 15, 2016, Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr. approved Senate Bill No. 465 Hill (Chapter 372, Statutes of 2016). This bill directs the EEE Subcommittee formed by the CBSC to do the following:

  • Study recent EEE failures in California.

  • Solicit technical expertise from representatives of various state agencies, local building officials, design professionals, property owners and managers, the building industry, the wood, steel and concrete industries, and any other interested parties.

  • Submit a report to the Legislature containing any findings and possible recommendations for statutory and/or regulatory changes by January 1, 2018.

View the SB 465 Exterior Elevated Elements Working Group Report

 

Expertise Sought

In its quest for specialized knowledge concerning the design, construction and inspection of decks, balconies and other elevated walkways, the subcommittee sought input from those with the expertise in labor, materials and methods related to elevated elements that are part of a building's exterior (e.g. balconies, decks, walkways, etc). Those experts provided reports, data and/or comments to this repository that support the May 25, 2017 EEE Subcommittee meeting discussions. Here are those reports and documents:

 

EEE Reference Documents

 

Meeting Agendas and Materials

Commission Meetings

2017—December 12

2017—October 17

2017—August 14

2017—June 20

2017—January 27

2016—December 13

2016—April 19

2015—October 21

Other Meetings 

2018—Exterior Elevated Elements Workshop—February 16

2017—Exterior Elevated Elements Subcommittee—May 25

 

Rulemaking Activities

Code Adoption Cycles

Change Without Regulatory Effect (CWoRE)

Emergency Rulemaking

To Make Approved Emergency Building Standards Permanent including Certifying Rulemaking Public Comment periods.

Accessing Exterior Elevated Elements

To view the certification and final approval documents for the Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) emergency rulemaking after the December 12, 2017 commission meeting, visit our Certifying Rulemakings page,  2017 accordion.

Current and past EEE activities:

Commission Meetings

2017—December 12

2017—October 17

2017—August 14

2017—June 20

2017—January 27

2016—December 13

2016—April 19

2015—October 21

Other Meetings 

2018—Exterior Elevated Elements Workshop—February 16

2017—Exterior Elevated Elements Subcommittee—May 25

Mailing Lists

Interested parties can sign up for BSC notices on our Contact Us page and reach out to other state agencies involved with EEE rulemaking by contacting those individual agencies.