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).
In its quest for specialized knowledge concerning the design, construction and inspection of decks, balconies and other elevated walkways, the subcommittee is seeking input from those with the expertise in labor, materials and methods related to elevated elements that are part of a building's exterior. Please participate by submitting reports, data or comments to this repository that support the May 25, 2017 EEE Subcommittee meeting discussions by June 23, 2017. The submitted documents will be added to the May 25, 2017 expandable module (accordion) below.
On September 15, 2016, Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr. approved Senate Bill No. 465 Hill (Chapter 372, Statutes of 2016). This bill directs the working group (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, the local building official, 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.
- EEE information concerning Existing Buildings (webpage under construction)
Submitting Comments and Information
The EEE Subcommittee accepts comments and information by email. Please include your name and any organization name. Comments should be in a downloadable, searchable format such as a Microsoft® Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf). Please include "EEE" in the subject line.