HB267 (2021) Detail

Relative to construction standards for schools.


HB 267  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0223

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 267

 

AN ACT relative to construction standards for schools.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Nelson, Carr. 5; Rep. Woods, Merr. 23; Rep. Merchant, Sull. 4; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires all school building construction to meet certain acoustics standards.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0223

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to construction standards for schools.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Findings.  Excessive noise levels and reverberations make it difficult for all children to learn, and particularly those with hearing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English language learners.  It is the will of the legislature that all new or substantially remodeled educational spaces be constructed to meet or exceed the requirements of the current version of ANSI S12.60 the American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria.

2  New Section; School Building Construction Standards; Acoustics.  Amend RSA 199 by inserting after section 1 the following new section:

199:1-a  School Building Construction Standards.

I.  All public schools, chartered public schools, and private schools that receive public funds shall be constructed to meet or exceed the standards of the ANSI S12.60-2010 American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools, including:

(a)  Part 1, permanent schools.

(b)  Part 2, relocatable classroom factors.

(c)  Part 4, acoustical standards for physical education teaching environments.

II.  In addition to the requirements of paragraph I, all learning spaces used as the primary education space for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing shall meet the current requirements of ANSI S12.60.  Buildings constructed before the effective date of this section shall meet the standard by August 1, 2026.

III.  A school district may request a waiver from the department of education for meeting the requirements of this section.

IV.  Compliance with this section shall be certified in writing by the lead architect.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB267 at GenCourtMobile
HB267 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 2, 2021 House Hearing
March 11, 2021 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB267 Revision: 31566 Date: Jan. 9, 2021, 4:38 p.m.

Docket


March 11, 2021: Executive Session: 03/11/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95090800832


March 2, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/02/2021 12:45 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97910276071 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Education HJ 2 P. 41