The Life Safety Code — a regulatory product developed by the National Fire Protection Association — is the most widely used source for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards. It is the only document that covers life safety in both new and existing structures. It forms the template for another NFPA product — NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code — which is a competitor product to the International Code Council’s flagship document: International Building Code.
With our tenure in education facility codes and standards advocacy for over 20 years (see ABOUT) we continue to advocate in both the ICC and NFPA standards suites. The education industry is the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States (LEARN MORE HERE) — logging in about $80 billion annually in construction spend; a number that may be confirmed anecdotally with the unending presence of cranes and construction crews on US campuses all year long.
We have been advocating in this document since the 2003 edition in which we submitted candidate code changes such as the following:
• Student residence facility life safety crosswalk between NFPA 101 and IBC
• Refinements to Chapters 14 and 15 covering education facilities
• Identification of an ingress path for rescue and recovery personnel toward electric service equipment installations.
• Risk-informed requirement for installation of grab bars in bathing areas
• Modification of the 90 minute emergency lighting requirements rule for small buildings and for fixed interval testing
• Modification of emergency illumination fixed interval testing
• Table 7.3.1 Occupant Load revisions
• Harmonization of egress path width with European building codes
There are others. It is typically difficult to make changes to any consensus standard though some of the concepts were integrated by the committee into other parts of the NFPA 101 in unexpected, though productive, ways.
Public input is due June 27, 2018. We reach out to facility managers, subject matter experts and trade associations — collaborating where possible – but at least reporting on the progress made on behalf of the user/owner/final fiduciary in this industry. This document is a standing item on our weekly (Wednesday 11 AM Eastern) Open Door teleconference to which everyone is welcomed. Click here to log in.
Category: Fire Safety, Public Safety
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Elvove, Joe DeRosier
Link to legacy workspace: Fire Protection for the Education Facilities Industry