Volume 35, Number 8, August 2000

Codes&Regulations

Development Organizations Contribute to NFPA’s Consensus Codes™

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is working in conjunction with the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), to complete the NFPA’s Consensus Codes Set, which is designed for the built environment.

“Along with our partners, we are making tremendous progress toward bringing well known and highly respected, quality safety documents into a full set of coordinated and compatible codes and standards,” said George D. Miller, NFPA chief executive officer. “Our members, our partners and other interested parties are fully committed to this effort because they understand that safety officials are seeking a full set of consensus-based codes.”

As part of the project, NFPA is also developing the NFPA Building Code™. “NFPA’s Standards Council, committee members and staff have worked hard to bring us to this point,” said Miller. “Our partners also will be key to the development of consistent, compatible codes for the built environment.”

In addition, a project to develop a building code was formally approved by the Standards Council of the National Fire Protection Association at the organization’s May 2000 meeting.

The committee structure for NFPA Building Code™ project (NFPA 5000) consists of a new building code technical correlating committee (TCC), which is responsible for the development and release of NFPA 5000, and overseeing activities of other technical committees, structures and construction, materials and building systems.

ICC Publishes 2000 Energy Codes

The International Code Council has published the 2000 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The publication includes performance requirements that apply to all residential and commercial construction, and many significant changes from 1998 specifically addressing fenestration products.

In addition, the ICC is also seeking individuals to serve on a variety of 2001 development committees. Those interested in applying for the positions should contact the ICC at 5203 Leesburg Pike, Suite 708, Falls Church, Va. 22041 or visit their website at www.intlcode.org.

Two Changes of Benefit to Sunroom Makers Approved at Recent Codes Conference

The 2000 International Code Congress (ICC) Code Change Hearings approved two changes advocated by the National Sunroom Association. The Energy Code Committee approved a code change that removes maximum glazing percentage requirements for sunroom additions. This allows sunroom additions, including solariums, to comply with the International Energy Code by using the prescriptive path method outlined in the code, regardless of how much glazing is included.

The second code change includes two items; one, a definition of thermal isolation, and two, a prescriptive path U-value for fenestration products installed in sunroom additions that maintain thermal isolation.

A proposal to relax testing and labeling requirements for fenestration products used in non-conditioned sunroom additions was denied at the hearings. This proposal will be revisited in the next code change cycle.


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