Safety and sustainability for any facility begins with an understanding of who shall occupy the built environment and what they will be doing in it. As cities-within-cities many colleges and universities bear a scaled-down similarity to the diverse economic activity of their host municipality.
Since we are guiding our young people toward their goal of building things that are useful and beautiful, we are responsible for conforming to the standard of care for safety that begins with International Building Code (IBC) occupancy classifications.
In the current 2018 edition of the IBC we find several occupancies relevant to the education facility industry:
High-hazard occupancies in each of the International Code Council code development groups A, B and C; fetch back to these classifications.
The Group B developmental cycle ended in December 2019. Ahead of the formal, market release of the Group B products, you can sample the safety concepts in play during this revision with an examination of the documents linked below:
The transcripts linked above are key word searchable.
The ICC has begun its 2021/2022 Code Development cycle; the schedule linked below:
Public input on the next tranche of titles — identified as Group A Codes — is due January 11th.
As we have been doing for more than 20 years now, we encourage our colleagues in the education facility industry to get directly involved in the ICC Code Development process. CLICK HERE to get started.
The ICC best practice bibliography cuts across most disciplines so its titles show up nearly every day and remain on the standing agendas of our daily colloquia. We will be keying in proposals relevant to education communities in the Group A tranche. See our CALENDAR for the daily topics.
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Marcelo Hirschler, Richard Robben