Volume 36, Issue 12, December 2001

Codes&Regulations

NFPA Backs FEMA on Seismic Loads; Two States Adopt Safety Codes
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that it supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) position concerning the adoption of seismic provisions, “by reference,” which are noted in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standard, ASCE-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. According to information from the NFPA, NFPA 5000, Building Code™ will reference the latest edition of the ASCE standard in terms of seismic provisions. 

“Members of NFPA’s Building Code Technical Correlating Committee believe that a direct reference to the most up-to-date version of ASCE-7 will be in the best interests of public safety,” said Jerry Wooldridge, chair of NFPA’s Building Code Technical Correlating Committee. 

In other news, NFPA announced that the states of Illinois and Wisconsin have recently adopted versions of the NFPA safety code—NFPA 101 Life Safety Code® and NFPA 1 Fire Prevention Code™, respectively. 

According to information from the NFPA, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office announced its selection of the 2000 edition of NFPA 101 and all its reference documents. “The statewide use of NFPA’s Life Safety Code will enhance public safety in Illinois,” said Jack Ahern, Illinois deputy fire marshal for fire prevention. “The latest edition of this code also will provide us the opportunity to take advantage of new developments in the area of life safety.”

Likewise, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce Safety and Buildings division announced its plans to adopt the 2000 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code. “The statewide use of NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, will expand the scope and application of fire safety regulations and enhance public safety in Wisconsin,” said Mike Corry, a spokesperson for the Department of Commerce. “NFPA 1 provides guidance for the building owner and the fire code official to ensure that fire hazards are identified and appropriate fire prevention procedures are provided upon the specific hazard.”

New ES Mark Verifies Building Products are Code-Compliant
ICBO Evaluation Services Inc. has created the ES Mark to help building departments, the building industry and the public determine which building products meet major U.S. building code regulations. According to ICBO, the ES Mark is backed by the ES Report™, which provides documentation about a product’s code compliance. 

ASCE Testifies in Support Of Natural Hazards Act
In a recent hearing before the House Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards of the Committee on Science, the America Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) testified in support of draft legislation that would reduce significantly loss of life and property as a result of windstorms.

The Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Related Natural Hazards Act, written by congressmen Dennis Moore of Kansas and Walter Jones of North Carolina, creates a coordinated federal windstorm and related hazards reduction research, development and technology transfer program that would achieve within ten years a measurable reduction in losses that would otherwise occur to life and property from wind-related disasters, reported a statement from ASCE.

“We as a nation have the resources available to us to minimize the damage and heartbreak that accompanies the destructive path of hurricanes, tornadoes or other wind-bearing weather events,” said Steven McCabe, Ph.D., ASCE member and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Kansas. “A unified national plan of wind hazard reduction has a potential of reducing losses significantly in the next decade.”

According to the ASCE, if enacted, the legislation would mandate:
    • Coordination of federal wind hazard reduction efforts through a multi-agency National Windstorm Hazard Reduction Program
       under the jurisdiction of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
    • Program goal of a major, measurable reduction in losses of life and property due to windstorms within ten years of enactment
       date;
    • A list of 11 areas where wind hazard reduction research and development, with an emphasis on developing cost-effective and
       affordable improvements, can pay dividends;
    • Formation of a National Advisory Committee for Windstorm Hazard Reduction; and
    • Authorization of appropriation levels that could bring the program to parity with the federally funded earthquake research
      program over a three-year period. 

National Sunroom Association Distributes Standards Draft
The National Sunroom Association (NSA) distributed a final draft of the Voluntary Standards for Sunrooms during the ICBO/SBCCI conference and trade show. According to information from NSA, the association was a collaborator in development of the standards with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s sunroom council and the National Patio Enclosure Association.

According to an NSA spokesperson, the standards were developed to address a lack of specific, detailed definitions and requirements for sunrooms, solariums and screened porch or patio additions in the model building codes. The representative adds that the lack of definitive standards and code requirements has in the past created confusion in the construction community as code officials and industry members struggle to apply unrelated code definitions and requirements to sunrooms. 

The NSA plans to post the standards on its website, www.nationalsunroom.org.

Correction
In the October 2001 issue of USGlass (see page 34), a photo of Kawneer's TriFab® VersaGlaze® thermal framing system was inadvertently used instead of the photo of the EnCORE framing system.

In addition, the name of Kawneer’s patented joinery was misspelled. The correct spelling is “QuickSeal™.”

USGlass regrets the errors. 


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