We follow the development of safety and sustainability concepts on the agenda of the International Code Council (ICC) Group A Committee Action Hearings that took place April 15 to 25, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. A batch of public input (strike-and-bold/redlines) regarding healthcare facilities for the 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) is linked below:
Generally speaking, the healthcare facilities affiliated with large research universities are built to the same standard as healthcare facilities everywhere else. We only point out that there are two differences — unique to university-affiliated healthcare systems — that might be brought to bear upon the development of the next revision to the IBC:
- University-affiliated healthcare enterprises tend to be the destination for patients that need specialized care. The destination of last resort, so to say, because those enterprises have physicians engaged in leading-edge therapies, and therefore a different (typically, higher) risk profile than most healthcare enterprises.
- Essential utility supplies — water, power, telecommunications, etc. — can be complicated by the character of the utilities of the host municipality serving the perimeter of the campus; essentially a city-within-a-city.
All other safety and sustainability concepts are the same, as an examination of the redlines linked above should reveal.
Because the Group A Hearings is such an large undertaking, breakout committees administered by ICC staff have been preparing public input for presentation at the hearings. Several months of work by the healthcare committee is linked below:
With the committee balloting completed, the results of the April Committee Action Hearing should be posted any day now (See CAH Schedule)
Standards Michigan encourages user-interest subject matter experts in the education industry to participate in the ICC Code Development process (Click here). On concepts specific to healthcare facilities you may also contact Kimberly Paarlberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) the chairperson of the ICC healthcare committee.
The entire ICC suite of codes and standards is on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time. Click here to log in.
Category: Architectural, Healthcare Facilities