Presently, the Uniform Construction Codes are based on the 2009 edition of the I-codes. On October 18, 2012, the Review and Advisory Council (RAC) decided not to adopt any of the 2012 I-codes. This will not impact most residential fire and life safety businesses because the 2009 IRC requires the installation of CO detection and permits household fire alarm systems to be installed as a primary form of smoke detection. However because the RAC decided not to adopt the 2012 IBC, CO detection will not be required in Group-R occupancies such as hotels, dormitories and dwelling units within apartments buildings.
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The new requirements in the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) and the International Building Code (IBC) are the result of the International Code Council (ICC) membership approving a proposal during the May 2010 Final Action Hearing to require the installation of CO detection in new and existing Group-R and Group-I occupancies, such as hotels, dormitories, apartment buildings, hospitals and nursing homes.
LifeSafety interviews Donald Goosman, construction manager at Rolf Jensen & Associates, a nationwide fire-protection and security consultancy, on the role of fire- and life-safety engineers during renovation projects. Q. Tell us the first steps you take to design the fire- and life-safety system for a building that is going to be renovated for a completely [...]
Complying with national fire codes and standards is just the first step. A fire-protection engineer must understand how to work within the system to conduct successful government construction or renovation projects. Fire codes and standards are part of any commercial construction or renovation job, and the same is true for government work. While fire- and [...]
Are You Installing the Right Carbon Monoxide Detector?
When security dealers, installers and distributors are evaluating which carbon monoxide (CO) detector to purchase, they should look for a product that is listed for the intended use and features that comply with the industry’s most recent product standards. Every alarm professional should understand the differences between American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards ANSI/UL 2034 and ANSI/UL 2075 and be aware of the new requirements of the third edition of ANSI/UL 2075 that become effective later in 2009.
Ever wonder how changes to NFPA codes and standards are made? Here’s a quick guide.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages public participation in its code and standards development. Codes and standards are revised every three to five years in a systematic and inclusive process that provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to submit input through key points in the development cycle.
The International Code Council (ICC) has published new requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and revised requirements for smoke detectors. These provisions are covered in the ICC’s International Residential Code (IRC) for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses and occurred when the ICC membership overturned two recommendations of the IRC committee.
Rick Sadlier, fire and life safety officer for Mercyhurst, is responsible for campus life safety protection in addition to being the liaison with contractors for maintaining codes and standards. Sadlier’s experience includes career firefighter for the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, fire inspector, fire prevention specialist, certified origin/cause of fire investigator, certified EMT and NFPA certified fire inspector.