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ICC, the International Code Council, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards related to building safety and fire prevention. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, ICC standards have been codified and enforced in all 50 American states, as well as in various foreign countries. With nearly 340 chapters worldwide, each with many members, ICC building safety standards are used everywhere. Standards from ICC are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ICC IFC-2018

2018 International Fire Code

The IFC contains regulations to safeguard life and property from fires and explosion hazards. Topics include general precautions, emergency planning and preparedness, fire department access and water supplies, automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, special hazards, and the storage and use of hazardous materials. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions  Key changes to the IFC include:  New provisions address hazards related to outdoor pallet storage, higher education laboratories, mobile food trucks and plant processing and extraction activities. Required sprinkler protection of Group E occupancies has been expanded through the introduction of a new thresholds related to fire areas. Manual fire alarm systems in Group A occupancies are now required not only when the occupant load is 300 or more but also where the occupant load exceeds 100 above or below the lowest level of exit discharge. A manual fire alarm system and an automatic smoke detection system are no longer required in Group R-4 occupancies. Mass Notification Requirements for college and university buildings have been added to the code. New provisions require illumination for the exit discharge path of travel to the public way or to a safe dispersal area for all occupancies. Sprinkler protection is now required in existing Group A-2 occupancies having an occupant load of 300 or more where alcoholic beverages are consumed. A new chapter has been added to address issues related to Energy Systems. Provisions have been added to address the hazards associated with outdoor assembly events, indoor trade shows and exhibitions. The fire watch requirements for construction and demolition activities have been enhanced. The provisions for the maintenance of fire and smoke protection features in Chapter 7 have been enhanced and reorganized. The applicability of the decorative materials requirements in Chapter 8 have been clarified. Integrated testing requirements for fire protection and life safety systems have been added for high rise buildings and smoke control systems. The requirements for gas detection systems have been revised throughout the code to be more reflective of industry practice.


ICC IBC-2018

2018 International Building Code

The scope of the International Building Code« (IBC«) includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions  The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as:  Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory. New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories. Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height. Where an elevator hoistway door opens into a fire-resistance-rated corridor, the opening must be protected in a manner to address smoke intrusion into the hoistway. The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised to one occupant per 150 square feet. Live loads on decks and balconies increase the deck live load to one and one-half times the live load of the area served. The minimum lateral load that fire walls are required to resist is five pounds per square foot. Wind speed maps updated, including maps for the state of Hawaii. Terminology describing wind speeds has changed again with ultimate design wind speeds now called basic design wind speeds. Site soil coefficients now correspond to the newest generation of ground motion attenuation equations (seismic values). Five-foot tall wood trusses requiring permanent bracing must have a periodic special inspection to verify that the required bracing has been installed. New alternative fastener schedule for construction of mechanically laminated decking is added giving equivalent power-driven fasteners for the 20-penny nail. Solid sawn lumber header and girder spans for the exterior bearing walls reduce span lengths to allow #2 Southern Pine design values.


ICC 300-2017

Standard for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating and Grandstands

The purpose of this standard is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, and safety to life and property relative to the construction, alteration, repair, operation and maintenance of new and existing temporary and permanent bench bleachers, folding and telescopic seating and grandstands. This standard is intended for adoption by government agencies and organizations setting model codes to achieve uniformity in technical design criteria in building codes and other regulations.







ICC IFGC-2018

2018 International Fuel Gas Code

Addresses the design and installation of fuel gas systems and gas fired appliances through prescriptive and performance requirements. For the most current adoptions details go to International Code Adoptions  Key changes include:  A new Section was added to recognize arc-resistant CSST products. The code now allows Schedule 10 steel pipe to be used, whereas previously, Schedule 40 was the lightest steel pipe material allowed. Schedule 10 steel pipe joints are allowed to be welded, brazed, flanged or assembled with press-connect fittings. Schedule 10 pipe cannot be threaded. The code clarifies that appliance shutoff valves located behind movable appliances, such as ranges and clothes dryers, are considered to be provided with the required access. The code now calls for the plastic vent pipe material to be labeled as complying with the standards for the specific pipe material as called out by the manufacturer. The clearances between direct-vent appliance vent terminals and openings in the building exterior that could allow combustion products to enter the building have been revised.


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