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2021 IBC Healthcare Facilities

We have set aside September 21st, 11:00 AM Eastern, to walk through the agenda of the Group A Public Comment Hearings from the point of view of university-affiliated healthcare system facility managers.


2021 IBC Healthcare Facilities

September 19, 2018
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ICC staff is now working with volunteer technical committee members to prepare public comments for the Public Comment Hearings next month.  The Group A Codes have hundreds of proposals to act upon so it is wise for ICC staff prepare these comments in order for them to be fairly balloted by volunteer technical committee members at the Group A Code Hearings next month.

ICC Group A Public Comment Monograph

ICC Healthcare Committee Meeting Notes September 2018

University-affiliated medical research and healthcare delivery enterprises are a significant revenue source to large research universities.   At some universities the revenue from these enterprises is more than half the annual revenue,  running into the billions.   So for the moment Standards Michigan follows, but does not assertively advocate in the ICC codes and standards dealing with healthcare facilities.  There is effective user-interest representation already provided by several trade associations; the American Society of Healthcare Engineers among them.  But we do follow the action and also collaborate more extensively with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.

We leave the door open to discuss these or any other standards issues every day at 11 AM.   Login information is at the top right of our home page now.  We set aside an hour per month to round up all the healthcare facility safety and sustainability concepts in all the standards suites.  The next block of time set aside for that is on September 21st, 11 AM.   

We encourage user-interest subject matter experts on the direct payroll of a school district, college or university to communicate with ICC staff to contribute to the next revision of the International Building Code healthcare facility sections.   Colleges and universities in the Richmond Virginia region should find it relatively easy to attend.

Contact: Kimberly Paarlberg (kpaarlberg@iccsafe.org)



Posted August 25, 2018

The International Code Council has received all comments on its proposed changes to Group A codes which includes healthcare facility safety and sustainability concepts for the 2021 International Building Code.   Breakout committees are now sorting through the public comments and preparing them for the Group A Public Comment Hearings, October 24-31, 2018 in Richmond Virginia.  See: Complete 2018 Group A Schedule.  We encourage students, faculty and facility management professionals in the Richmond Virginia area to attend the ICC 2018 Group A Code Hearings October 21 – 31 in Richmond Virginia.  (LEARN MORE)

We participate as an observer in the healthcare committee with an eye toward how new proposals with effect design, construction, operation and maintenance of education and university-affiliated healthcare facilities.   The record of our work and attention to concepts in play is reported routinely on this site and always on the agenda of our weekly open agenda teleconferences.  At the moment there is not much for public stakeholders to do until the Public Comment monograph is released to the public on August 31st.  We will be participating in the ICC breakout committee meetings until then.

On August 31st, 11:00 AM we will host a breakout teleconference of our own to sort through all the safety and sustainability issues in play as a result of the public comments.  Anyone is welcomed to join this teleconference with the login information in the link below:

ICC Group A Agenda Review

As always, we encourage direct participation with International Code Council committees: either as a technical committee member or as an attendee at ICC conferences.

Issue: [17-237]

Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel


Posted July 1, 2018

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:

Healthcare Proposals Group A I-2 12-8-2017 (2)

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 of 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:

2021 ICC Group A Healthcare Committee Proposal Administration

The International Code Council released the 2018 Report of the Committee Action Hearings on the 2018 Editions of the Group A International Codes.  The 313 page monograph linked below contains the results of the balloting of all Group A codes:

Report: 2018 – 2019 Code Development Cycle Group A

Public comments are due July 16th.  These concepts will eventually be incorporated by reference into state building codes and thereby affect #TotalCostofOwnership.  We encourage architects, engineers, education facility managers, shop foremen and front line tradespersons to set up a (free) cdpAccess account at THIS LINK to begin commenting on the monograph.  Ahead of the July 16th deadline we have set aside a time slot — next Thursday, July 12th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern time — to explain our comments on all the proposed changes to the 2018 IBC for the 2021 edition.  Anyone is welcomed to join this teleconference with the login information below:

ICC Group A Markup Session

Of course, the ICC develops many other consensus documents — it is hard upon the 2019 Group B codes — so we keep the entire ICC suite on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.   Click here to log in.

Issue [17-229]

Category: Architectural, Healthcare Facilities

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben

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