Guam - The 2009 International Building Code, which, among other things, would require all buildings on Guam to come equipped with sprinkler systems, was set to be effective today. The measure came under fire by some of those in the business community who claimed some of the provisions were ill-suited for Guam.
Senator Tom Ada, chair of the Committee on Utilities, says he met with the Guam Fire Department and the Department of Public Works on the issue, and told KUAM News, "As a result of that it was agreed that we need to postpone the implementation of the IBC because there are important preliminaries, which still need to be accomplished."
In order to postpone the implementation, Ada introduced Bill 433, which will delay the effective date of the law until October 1. In addition, the bill requires a public forum will be held with in 45 of the laws enactment to give members of the community an opportunity to provide recommendations on the new code.