The Georgia State House passed H.B. 876 (know as the "Sticks Bill") which would preclude local jurisdictions from prohibiting the use of wood in new construction, bringing cities like Sandy Springs into an uproar. If passed in the Senate and signed into law, this would essentially void a Sandy Springs building code that requires "all new buildings more than three stories or 100,000 square feet to be constructed with concrete or other nonflammable material and not wood."
Sandy Springs' Mayor and Fire Chief spoke at a House committee meeting and held a press conference emphasizing the dangers of wood frames. The press conference was sponsored by Build with Strength, members of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association. While the focus of the discussion against H.B. 876 was safety, there is a great deal of concern that the real reason behind the opposition is to curtail apartments in Sandy Springs.
As this and other legislation moves forward, we will keep our members informed.