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:
Historically, we have been attentive to the concepts running through the International Energy Conservation Code but, the upcoming product development cycles, we may expand our interest into more specifics regarding special art, design and fashion studio occupancies.
We encourage our colleagues to participate directly in the ICC Code Development process. We slice horizontally through the disciplinary silos created by hundreds of consensus product developers every week and we can say, upon considerable authority that the ICC consensus product development environment is one of the best in the world. Privately developed standards (for use by public agencies) is a far better way to discover and promulgate leading practice for safety and sustainability than originating technical specifics from legislative bodies at any level of government. CLICK HERE to get started.
Finally, feel free to join us during our Model Building Codes teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Marcelo Hirschler, Richard Robben