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Hospital and Medical Facilities," 1987 Edition. The facility must also meet the life/safety aspects of the 1985 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code, or any subsequent code that may be designated by the Secretary of HHS. All publications referenced in this section are available in all Agency State Offices. Under §1942.17(j)(8)(ii) of this subpart, a statement by the responsible regulatory agency that the facility meets the above standards will be required. Any exceptions must have prior National Office concurrence. (Revised 05-03-89,
(5) Energy conservation. Facility design should consider cost effective energy saving measures or devices.
(6) Lead base paints. Lead base paints shall not be used in facilities designed for human habitation. Owners must comply with the Lead Base Paints Poisoning and Prevention Act of 1971 (42 U.S.C. 4801) and the National Consumer Health Information and Health Promotion Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-317) with reference to paint specifications used according to Exhibit H of Subpart A of Part 1924 of this chapter.
(7) Fire protection. Water facilities must have sufficient capacity to provide reasonable fire protection to the extent practicable.
(8) Growth capacity. Facilities must have sufficient capacity to provide for reasonable growth to the extent practicable.
(9) Water conservation. Owners are encouraged, when economically feasible, to incorporate water conservation practices into a facility's design. For existing water systems, evidence must be provided showing that the distribution system water losses do not exceed reasonable levels.
(10) Water quality. All water facilities must meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (Pub. L. 93-523) and provide water of a quality that meets the current Interim Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR 141).
(11) Combined sewers. New combined sanitary and storm water sewer facilities will not be financed by the Agency. Extensions to existing combined systems can only be financed when separate systems are impractical.
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(12) Compliance. All facilities must meet the requirements of Federal, State, and local agencies having the appropriate jurisdiction.
(13) Dam safety. Projects involving any artificial barrier which impounds or diverts water, or the rehabilitation or improvement of such a barrier, should comply with the provisions for dam safety as discussed in the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety (Government Printing Office stock No. 041-001-00187-5) as prepared by the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.
(14) Pipe. All pipe used shall meet current American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) or American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards.
(15) Water system testing. For new water systems or extensions to existing water systems, leakage shall not exceed 10 gallons per inch of pipe diameter per mile of pipe per 24 hours when tested at 1 1/2 times the working pressure or rated pressure of the pipe, whichever is greater.
(16) Metering devices. Water facilities financed by RUS will have metering devices for each connection. An exception to this requirement may be granted by the Agency’s State Director when the owner demonstrates that installation of metering devices would be a significant economic detriment and that environmental consideration would not be adversely affected by not installing such devices.
(17) Seismic safety. (Added 01-10-97, SPECIAL PN.)
(i) All new building construction shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the seismic provisions of one of the following model building codes or the latest edition of that code providing an equivalent level of safety to that contained in the latest edition of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) Recommended Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for New Building (NEHRP Provisions):
(A) 1991 International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Uniform Building Code;
(B) 1993 Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA) National Building Code; or
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(C) 1992 Amendments to the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) Standard Building Code.
(ii) The date, signature, and seal of a registered architect or engineer and the identification and date of the model building code on the plans and specifications will be evidence of compliance with the seismic requirements of the appropriate building code.
(e) Construction contracts. Contract documents must be sufficiently descriptive and legally binding in order to accomplish the work as economically and expeditiously as possible.
(1) Standard construction contract documents are available from the Agency. When the Agency's standard construction contract documents are used, it will normally not be necessary for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to perform a detailed legal review. If the construction contract documents utilized are not in the format of guide forms previously approved by the Agency, OGC's review of the construction contract documents will be obtained prior to their use.
(2) Contract review and approval. The owner's attorney will review the executed contract documents, including performance and payment bonds, and will certify that they are adequate, and that the persons executing these documents have been properly authorized to do so. The contract documents, bid bonds, and bid tabulation sheets will be forwarded to the Agency for approval prior to awarding. All contracts will contain a provision that they are not in full force and effect until they have been approved by the Agency. The Agency State Director or designee is responsible for approving construction contracts with the legal advice and guidance of the OGC when necessary.