The language “code writers and vote getters”* use to perform their work can be confounding and supports the assertion that some safety and sustainability concepts can only be understood by experienced practitioners in context. It takes decades to fully understand the ebb and flow of ideas. That is one of the reasons we host daily colloquia — in addition to the obligation to respect intellectual property rights of standards setting organizations; a great deal of content is unstable and provisional. Unstable and provisional is the nature of leading practice discovery and promulgation.
As a point of origin for most safety and sustainability concepts for sport occupancies among US-based standards setting organizations we start with the most widely referenced building code bibliography in the United States:
Education communities have buildings, pathways and infrastructure in all of the groups identified in this chapter. We use the term “sport” to describe recreational and competitive athletic activity for all age groups. Some concepts span across all three groupings. Note the following:
Structural support for sport lighting
Sport arena lighting allowances
Television broadcast lighting requirements
Temporary special event structures
Athletic equipment hazard classification
Plumbing in arenas
Use of arenas for disaster management
…And so on…
Today we pick through the transcripts of the 2021 ICC Code Development Cycle (Group A)
Keep in mind that the Group A titles are near the end of their development cycle (CLICK HERE). Next up, Hearings on the Group A tranche in September. We will post the link to the webcast.
We maintain sport facility literature on the standing agenda of our periodic Sport colloquium when we pull together specifics relevant to the safety and sustainability agenda of the final fiduciary in education communities — typically the tax payer or family. There are many, many more technologies that figure into these spaces; getting occupancy classification is the best place to start since it informs the way all other standards setting organizations develop their literature. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting.
*A term of art we use to distinguish stakeholders who are effective in gathering data and persuading technical committees to improve consensus products. The most influential voices tend to have an elevated hourly consulting rate. The expertise of “code writers and vote-getters” is distinct from the expertise processes and administration. The private standards domain in most nations is top-heavy with administration.