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FCIA CODE EFFORTS FCIA Spring Conference 2003 By William E. Koffel, P.E. Koffel Associates, Inc.

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2 FCIA CODE EFFORTS FCIA Spring Conference 2003 By William E. Koffel, P.E. Koffel Associates, Inc.

3 Objectives Update participants regarding model code development activities of ICC and NFPA

4 Message The Future is NOW!!!

5 ICC Consolidation of the three organizations into one organization 2003 Edition of the International Codes available –ICC Performance Code –International Existing Buildings Code

6 IBC – 2002 Changes FS33-02 submitted by Hilti, Inc. –Required penetrations of smoke partitions to be protected with materials or systems that can withstand 400 o F and capable of withstanding anticipated movement of the penetrating item –Disapproved

7 IBC – 2002 Changes FS38-02 submitted by 3M Company –Required penetrations of corridor walls and smoke barriers to meet a leakage rate of 25 cfm per sq ft as determined by UL –Disapproved –Public Comment submitted by the IFC but the item was still disapproved.

8 IBC – 2002 Changes FS submitted by the FCIA –Installations shall be subjected to special inspections conducted in accordance with ASTM E2174 Exception: Where the code official performs the inspection –Disapproved

9 2002 Changes to the IBC FS39-02 submitted by FCIA –Where fire resistance-rated floor or floor/ceiling assemblies are required, voids created at the intersection of the exterior curtain wall assemblies and such floor assemblies shall be sealed with an approved system to prevent the interior spread of fire. Such system….. –Approved as Modified Similar change submitted to NFPA 5000 was accepted by the Committee but failed ballot

10 2002 Changes to the IBC FS40-02 submitted by GICC –Add a new sentence to read as follows –Height and fire-resistance requirements for curtain wall spandrels shall comply with Section –Approved although Public Comment by Thermafiber requested disapproval –Nothing in this change eliminates perimeter fire barrier systems in sprinklered buildings! Similar change submitted to NFPA 5000 was accepted

11 2002 Changes to the IBC FS41-02 submitted by Metal Construction Association –..for the time period equal to the fire-resistance rating of the exterior curtain wall assembly, or 30 minutes, whichever is greater. Exception: Where the floor is less than the wall, the floor fire resistance shall be the criteria –Disapproved Similar change submitted to NFPA 5000 was accepted by the Committee but failed ballot

12 Case Study – City of Phoenix Currently in the process of adopting NFPA –Consultants and AFS members participated in Subcommittee meetings –Consultants and AFS members participated in Public Hearings Included local distributors, representatives, and contractors

13 Case Study – City of Phoenix Table – Fire Resistance Ratings for Type of Construction –Revised to correlate with 1997 UBC –Implements structural frame concept for beams having direct connections to columns Table – Maximum Allowable Building Heights –Deleted 20 foot increase for sprinkler protection –Later modification substituted UBC Table for NFPA Table

14 Case Study – City of Phoenix Section – Sprinkler Increases –Eliminated “double dipping” for height and area –No longer necessary since UBC Table and method substituted for NFPA Table and method Section – Fire Wall Ratings –Revised to correlate with 1997 UBC instead of two- hour fire wall requirement in NFPA 5000

15 Case Study – City of Phoenix Section – High-rise Buildings: Fire Resistance –Correlates reductions in fire resistance ratings with 1997 UBC Business and residential occupancies Section – High-rise Buildings: Smoke Control –Incorporates requirements for smoke control in high-rise buildings consistent with 1997 UBC

16 Case Study – City of Phoenix Corridor Fire Resistance Rating –Deletes reduction of one-hour in sprinklered buildings –Approved for most commercial occupancies –Rejected for business, hotels, and apartment buildings Hotels and apartment buildings still required to be 30-minute

17 ICC Process changed to 18 month cycle –Two code change cycles between editions of the Codes –Deadline for code change proposals – March 24, 2003 –Proposals to be available early July –Committee hearings – September 2003 –Membership Action – May 2004

18 ICC Second cycle starts in Fall 2004 –Committee hearings – February 2005 –Membership Action – September 2005 Issues –Clarify that automatic sprinkler protection does not eliminate need for perimeter fire barrier system –Resist, retard, restrict, and limit smoke

19 ICC Proposed change submitted on behalf of the FCIA –712.5 Spandrel Wall. Height and fire- resistance requirements for curtain wall spandrels shall comply with Section Where Section does not require a fire-resistance rated spandrel wall, the requirements of Section shall still apply. Spandrel Wall.

20 NFPA NFPA 5000 is available –Adopted in Pasadena, TX –Recommendation to adopt likely to go to City Council in Phoenix, AZ in May –California??? –Louisiana Narrow vote to adopt International Codes

21 NFPA NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 on same cycle Proposals due in October 17, 2003 “Core Chapter” Committee meetings in December 2003 Occupancy Chapter Committee Meetings – February 2004 ROC Meetings – October/November 2004 Membership Action – May 2005

22 Scope TC on Fire Protection Features Responsible for documents on construction compartmentation, including the performance of: –assemblies, –openings, and –penetrations as related to the protection of life and property from fire and other circumstances.

23 NFPA NFPA 5000 includes performance option (Chapter 5) and existing building provisions (Chapter 15) Issues –Coordination with other documents –“Grandfathering” –Same issues as ICC Spandrel wall Resist, retard, restrict, and limit smoke

24 Questions???


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