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business | safety
How are industry codes
and standards developed?
And which potential revisions could affect my business?
by Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O.
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How can fabricators have an impact
on code revisions and enforcement?
1. Get to know your local building
and fi re offi cials.
2. Attend local building and fi re
association chapter meetings.
3. Give educational presentations to
local building and fi re code offi cials.
4. Participate in state and local
code adoption hearings.
hen tent, awning and fabric
structure installers think of codes
and standards, they often envision the
building and ire departments of local
and state jurisdictions that enforce
such regulations on their projects.
Enforcement is the very end of the
process-the result of many years of
code development work. The means by
which such regulations are established
and maintained is in many ways much
more important, as it is very dificult to
change these regulations after the fact.
This article will give a simple overview
of the change processes, describe how
industry members can play a part in
those processes, and offer an update
on revisions in progress that affect the
event tent, membrane structure and
awning markets. It is important to begin
with the basics.
Codes: These are the documents that,
when adopted by an authority having
jurisdiction, tell us when something
is required. This can include ireresistance
rated assemblies/fabric,
more substantial anchorage or even the
maximum size of a given product.
Standards: These are referenced
usually in the body of a code and detail
how to do something such as how to
conduct ire tests or how to design
the anchorages. Standards specify the
details needed for when codes require
such testing, installation and so on.
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U.S. building and fi re codes
There are a few model code organizations
in the United States that maintain
and publish these codes. For members
of the Industrial Fabrics Association
International (IFAI), the two important
organizations are the International
Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA). The ICC
is the predominant code organization
that affects IFAI. NFPA publishes the
main standards that affect IFAI members.
These organizations publish their
codes every three years and have a process
by which each code is updated or revised.
The following are the main codes.
International Building Code®
): This is the ICC building code,
(IBC®
and it is adopted by most jurisdictions in
the U.S. It has four committees that hear
all code change proposals. Typically, this
code is enforced by the local building
department. This code is mostly used for
new and permanent projects.
International Fire Code®
(IFC®
):
This code is enforced by the ire
department or regional ire authority.
There is one committee to hear the
changes to this code. Consequently,
it has quite a few to consider during
its committee hearing. This code
contains regulations to safeguard
life and property from ires and
explosion hazards, but it is also used for
temporary projects such as event tents.

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