InTents April/May 2024 - 40

business | Safety
Code changes affect
temporary structures
Time limits increase to a year and loading conditions decrease.
By Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O.
E
very three years the International
Code Council (ICC) publishes a new set
of International Codes. These include the
International Building Code®
the International Fire Code®
(IBC®
(IFC®
) and
). The
latest edition year of the ICC codes is the
2024 set. Advanced Textiles Association
(ATA) participates in the hearings that
are part of the code development process
through the ATA Code Committee, and
as ATA's code consultant, I can submit
any needed revisions for discussion and
review. Other organizations involved in
the codes process are those that regulate
construction, so there are opportunities
to support or oppose proposed revisions
from these groups. A lot of committee
activity is actually in this area, trying to
gain support or opposition from other
influential groups.
This article describes significant revisions
within the 2024 IBC that are related
to ATA member concerns and, briefly,
proposed revisions for the 2027 IFC.
Readability format change
First, there is a big change to the formatting
of the ICC codes. For many years,
due to the volume of code requirements,
ICC published them in a twocolumn
format. The 2024 (and later)
editions will be in single-column format
to improve readability, especially
online. Also, ICC used to identify revisions,
additions or deletions by various
markings in the margins. Those margin
markings will no longer be used. A QR
code will be used instead to provide the
reader with the revision history. This
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encourages the purchase of the ICC
codes as opposed to using free readonly
versions since those versions will
not include the added information.
Temporary structures revisions
The biggest revisions for the ATA audience-and
welcome ones-are found
in the structural requirements for temporary
structures in Chapter 31 of the
IBC. In earlier code editions, temporary
structures had a 180-day limit, as mandated
by the IFC. This time limit has increased
to a maximum of one year for
public-occupancy temporary structures
(POTS). The pandemic regulations imposed
by local, state and federal governments
were a big reason for the revision
to this time limit, one that this association
has been promoting for some time.
The other major changes involve
loading. Section 3103.6 contains the
revisions for all loading conditions
for temporary structures. In the past,
many temporary structures have been
subject to the full loading conditions
of permanent buildings, but that has
now been amended. The structural
code criteria for POTS are reduced
for all the loading conditions listed in
ASCE 7, published by the American
Society of Civil Engineers. There is an
exception that allows for a registered
design professional to use reduced live
loads given a rational analysis where a
building official finds such reductions
are acceptable. These are calculated as
a percentage of what is required for a
permanent structure.

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