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April 19, 2019
mike@standardsmichigan.com
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“A Square with Imaginary Buildings” | Hendrik van Steenwijck (1614)

The 2021 Group A consensus products developed by the International Code Council were ready for incorporation by reference into public safety legislation earlier this year.  At the moment we limit our resource allocation to simply tracking the proposals that run through Group E (Educational) and Group I (Institutional) occupancies in the Group A suite with closer attention to the state they are adopted whole cloth or with local exceptions.  Fire safety is a relatively crowded space — with many subject matter experts involved in it because organizational budgets historically support the enforcement interest — so unless there is an idea, or proposed regulation that has run off the rails (either in terms of rigor or cost increase) — we place firs safety in the middle of our ranking of priorities.  All the ideas running through the 2021 edition of the International Fire Code are very reasonable, in our view.

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The ICC posts the transcripts of public proposals, technical committee responses to public proposals, public response to the technical committee response and the final balloting in a far and reasonable fashion as can be seen in the transcripts linked below:

2018 GROUP A PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE I-CODES COLUMBUS COMMITTEE ACTION HEARINGS

2018 GROUP A PUBLIC COMMENT AGENDA | INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE

2018 GROUP A PUBLIC COMMENT AGENDA | INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE

2018 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ACTION HEARINGS ON THE 2018 EDITIONS OF THE GROUP A INTERNATIONAL CODES

You will note the careful consideration of proposals for use of the mass notification systems, now integrated into fire alarm systems and their deployment in active shooter situations.   The transcripts reveal detailed understanding and subtlety that is noteworthy.

We are now at the leading edge of the next batch of ICC code development action ahead of the  at the Group B Committee Action Hearings, April 28-May 8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.   The Group B codes are following are listed below:

  • International Energy Conservation Code (Commercial & Residential)
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Green Construction Code (Chapter 1, Administration)
  • International Building Code (Structural)

“Efeito de Sol” | Lucílio de Albuquerque (1877-1939)

2019 Group B Proposed Changes

The monograph linked above is a large document — 2919 pages — so keep that in mind when accessing it.  There are many issues affecting #TotalCostofOwnership of the education facility industry so we will get cracking on it again later this week.   See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Finally, we persist in encouraging education industry facility managers (especially those with operations and maintenance data) to participate in the ICC code development process.  You may do so by CLICKING HERE.   Real asset managers for school districts, colleges, universities and technical schools in the Albuquerque region should take advantage of the opportunity to observe the ICC code-development process.   The Group B Hearings are usually webcast — and we will signal the link to the 10-day webcast when it becomes available — but the experience of seeing how building codes are determined is enlightening when you can watch it live and on site.

 

Issue: [16-169]

Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben

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LEARN MORE:

ICC Group B Code Development Schedule

 

 

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