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Safety Code®
Safety Code®
NFPA Building and Construction
(NFPA 5000®
(NFPA 101®
There are thousands of additional
) and Life
): These two
codes address projects similar to the IBC.
However, they are not usually adopted by
local cities and counties. Some states may
adopt them, but the main governmental
group that uses these codes is the U.S.
federal government. If you have federal
projects or federally funded projects,
expect to use these codes.
NFPA Fire Code (NFPA 1): This is
the ire code for the NFPA. It is very
similar to the IFC and is adopted by a
few jurisdictions.
Standards
As noted earlier, standards tell us how to
do something. This includes ire testing,
load determination and spray application
of lammable inishes. They are developed
using an American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) approved process and
usually published every six years. The
following are a few standards that are important
to IFAI members.
ASTM E84: This standard provides
the test procedure for lame spread
and smoke density indexes of surface
materials. It is maintained by a standards
development committee that continually
meets to revise and update the standard.
ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for
Buildings and Structures: This is a very
big standard for determining the design
loading of buildings and structures. The
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
has many committees that develop the
criteria. The criteria range from wind and
seismic loading to dead and live loads, with
many other types of loads addressed within.
ASCE/SEI 55 Tensile Membrane
Structures: This standard addresses the
design, construction and installation of all
types of membrane structures. It includes
the former Air-Supported Structures
Standard that I participated on in the 1990s.
standards under development for almost
every type of industry. These standards
are important, not only to level the playing
ield, but also from a liability standpoint.
Current proposals
Tents: With regard to IBC and IFC code
development, there are a number of
revisions in process now that address
the following:
* The testing of tent fabric. IFAI is attempting
to refer to the State of
California regulations for the testing of
tent fabrics. Unfortunately, this didn't
get a positive recommendation from
the committee because the California
State Fire Marshal is looking to revise
the statutory requirements in the
near future.
* The anchorage or ballasting of tents.
A standing committee in the ICC has
proposed to prohibit the use of waterilled
vessels unless approved by the
local ire marshal and in accordance
with the tent manufacturer's
installation instructions. IFAI is looking
to revise this to allow such ballasting
when approved and in accordance
with the tent manufacturer's load
speciications.
* The allowance of cooking within tents.
The State of California has proposed
to provide more deinitive criteria
for allowing cooking in or near tents.
This is a correlation for the most
part of other criteria in the IFC and
is supposed to allow cooking in more
circumstances.
In the ASCE 7 standards development
process, a new subcommittee is proposed
to review the applied loads for temporary
special event structures, including tents.
A study done by S. K. Ghosh Associates
LLC (now a subsidiary of ICC) addresses
the use of lower wind speeds for tents.
This study has been sent to ASCE, and
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A standing committee in
the ICC has proposed
to prohibit the use of
water-filled vessels
unless approved by
the local fire marshal
and in accordance with
the tent manufacturer's
installation instructions.
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