Thursday, August 20, 2009
Determination of code amendments in whose hands?
The International Code Council has issued a statement that, "The ICC governmental consensus process leaves the final determination of code provisions in the hands of public safety officials who, with no vested financial interest, can legitimately represent the public interest."
Shouldn't the final determination be implemented by qualified and well-recognized Architectural/Engineering authorities?
Among many others, the following items are newly introduced in amendments to the codes:
1) "Fire Service Elevators" - in buildings 120 feet or higher.
2) "Wind Tunnel Testing" - the proposal references a new testing standard.
3) "Additional Exit Stairs" - on all high-rise buildings higher than 420 feet.
4) "Exit Enclosure Integrity" - to be increased from the actual 2PSI.
5) "Building Burnout Survivability" - buildings higher than 420 feet to be designed as not to collapse when exposed to fire.
These amendments raise legitimate questions regarding construction costs, among others. The conversation around the ICC statement is interesting.