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COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT 2009 International Fire Code – Major Changes and Proposed Amendments Kris Cooper Deputy Fire Marshal September 22, 2010.

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1 COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT 2009 International Fire Code – Major Changes and Proposed Amendments Kris Cooper Deputy Fire Marshal September 22, 2010 "Protecting life and property today - creating a safer tomorrow"

2 Overview  Introduction to ICC Code Cycle  2009 IFC – Major Changes  2009 IBC – Major Changes of Interest to CSFD  CSFD Proposed Amendments  THIS PRESENTATION IS NOT ALL EMCOMPASING, IT IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF HIGHLIGHTS OF THE IFC, IBC AND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS.

3 ICC Code Cycle – 3 Years  Call For Committees  Proposed Changes Public Proposal Form  Code Development Hearings  Reports of Hearings  Final Action Hearings  Final Action Results

4 Local Code Cycle  Regulatory Agencies Review Codes  PPRBD and CSFD Meet  Review Committees Established CSFD Staff  Proposed Amendments Proposal Forms  Public Process  City Council Adoption

5  IFC Significant Changes

6 Section 202, ,  Defines Ambulatory Health Care Facilities Group B occupancies used for outpatient surgery and similar activities that render patients incapable of self preservation Requires Sprinkler and Automatic Fire Detection Throughout

7 Section  Dangerous Building Placards  Information placards for fire fighters to identify hazards associated with vacant structures

8 311.5 continued Structural or Interior Hazards Exist Normal Structural Conditions Major Structural or Interior Hazards Exist, Exterior Operations Only Additional Markings: R/O Roof Opening, S/M Stairs Missing, F/E Fire Escapes, H/F Holes in Floor

9 Section  Requires crowd managers for assemblies or events where more than 1,000 people congregate. 1 crowd manager to every 250 occupants Assist with evacuation procedures Not intended to require dedicated staff

10 Section 404  Code now includes provisions for occupants who need assistance with evacuation. Previous CSFD amendment for “special needs occupants” Applies to emergency plans

11 Section  Lockdown plans for schools Required to be included in Fire and Life Safety Plans Required to be approved by the fire code official  CSFD is not going to require approval of the fire and life safety plans (amendment).

12 Section 508  Fire Command Center Room size increased from 96 square feet to 200 square feet with a minimum dimension of 10’ Layout must be approved by CSFD See for required features

13 Section 510 & Appendix J  Emergency responder radio coverage ALL buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders.  May require bi-directional amplifiers  This item is still being discussed.

14 Section  Portable Outdoor Gas-Fire Heating Appliances 5’ clearance to buildings and other combustibles Also see Section 307 for clearances of outdoor burning (50’), recreational fires (25’) and portable outdoor fireplaces (15’).

15 Outdoor Heating Appliances 5’ or manufacturer’s specifications15’ or manufacturer’s specifications

16 Section 607.3,  Fire Service access elevators Buildings greater than 120’ Adjacent to exit enclosure (stairway) Driven by 9/11

17 Section 608  Stationary battery systems Expended battery types  Lithium – Ion  Lithium Metal Polymer  Nickel cadmium  Nonrecombinant  Recombinant

18 Section  Frequency for Inspection of Kitchen Hoods – Table High Volume Cooking – 3 months  24 hour cooking operations Low Volume Cooking – 12 months  Churches, seasonal businesses Solid Fueled Cooking – 1 month  BBQ pits, smokers All Other Cooking Operations – 6 months

19 Section  E (Educational) Occupancies Reduces sprinkler threshold from 20,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet

20 Section  Requires sprinklers for the display and sale of upholstered furniture in M Occupancies, regardless of size of fire area No Specified Threshold Huge Implications for Plan Review Driven by Charleston Fire

21 Section 907  Complete re-write of the section  No major changes Side note: 2010 NFPA 72 now the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code  Recognizes other alarm functions  Fire Alarm not necessarily priority signals  Mass Notification Systems

22 Section 909  Smoke Control Systems CSFD had previously amended this section to be more restrictive. Accepting code as written with this adoption.

23 Section  Protection of Fire Pump Enclosures Dedicate rooms High Rise  2 hour separation Non-High Rise  1 hour separation

24 Section  Minimum Egress Width No longer have different design width for sprinkled vs. non-sprinkled structures 0.3 inches per occupant for stairs 0.2 inches per occupant for all other means of egress Loss of any one means of egress shall not reduce the available egress width to less than 50% of required capacity.

25 Section , , &  Areas of Refuge Not required in buildings protected throughout with sprinklers Elevators now approved for occupant evacuation as a means of egress Two-way communication required for areas of refuge and evacuation elevators

26 Section  Electromagnetically locked egress doors Clarifies the use of magnetic locks on egress doors

27 Section  Exit Signs Electrically Powered Self-luminous Photo-luminescent  Must comply with UL 924 – Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment.

28 Section 1024  Luminous Egress Path Markings High Rise Structures Required in exit enclosures of new and existing buildings  CSFD not adopting retroactive application Required on hand rails, stair treads and landings

29 Luminous Egress Path Markings

30 Section  Provides requirements for dispensing Alcohol Blended Fuels Specific listing of equipment Signage requirements for facility identification Alcohol Blended Fuels: Including those containing 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gas (E-85). Flammable liquids consisting of ethanol or other alcohols blended greater than 15% by volume

31 Chapter 24  Now treats tents, canopies and membrane structure the same Reasoning: Canopies can have walls added to become tents 2,400 square foot permit threshold (amendment)

32 Chapter 46  Combines requirements for existing buildings into one chapter Look at this closely as it contains significant retroactive requirements CSFD has amended this section with lots of deletions.

33 International Building Code  The following code sections are from the 2009 IBC These are fire related items or CSFD has a specific interest in them.

34 Section 419  Guidance on live work units Classified as R-2 Non-residential use up to 50%

35 Section  Marking and identification of fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers and smoke partitions  Allows for easy identification of rated assemblies

36 Marking and Identification

37 Section  Stairwells can be pressurized or built with a vestibule Design will impact standpipe valve locations.

38 Section  Dead End Corridors Increase from 20’ to 50’ in B, E, F,I-1, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S and U occupancies Must have NFPA 13 sprinkler system

39 Section  Elevator cars must be sixed to accommodate a 24” x 84” stretcher

40 Local Amendments  Local changes made to the code during the adoption process as a means to clarify, comply with City Code and/or Charter, or modify code requirements.  Based upon local practices, polices, procedures or interpretations.  Less is more approach

41 Chapter 1 - Administration  Changes made in order to be consistent with The Code of the City of Colorado Springs. Administrative Powers Penalties Fire Board of Appeals

42 Permits  Permits as listed in the code maintained as written Modified some hazmat permit threshold amounts Added permit amounts for electrolytes Added Work at Risk Permits

43 – Fire Lanes  Added a new permit for the construction of Fire Lanes Applies to alternative methods  Grass Pave  Gravel Pave

44 Alternative Fire Lanes

45 Fees  Reinspections Fees Cleaned up language where fees may apply to routine fire inspections  Subsequent review fees Added a provision for the collection of fees where plans are revised and or updated and require additional reviews beyond the initial approval

46 Section  Allows MSDS to be in electronic format  CSFD amendment to specify format and storage on thumb drive in Knox Box Microsoft Word 2000 or newer PDF

47 Section  Approved Contractors Going with 3 rd party testing Will include fire alarm, fire alarm monitoring contractors, water based fire suppression, portable fire extinguishers, special hazard systems and fire hydrants New state law for testing for all fire sprinkler installers  Unknown impact from state law

48  Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems Added requirement to cut off power to any appliances under the hood or any power source that could be used to supply power to an appliance under the hood.

49  Kitchen Hood Ventilation Added a new code section to require the exhaust to start and/or stay on upon activation of the fire suppression system. Prevents heat roll out from the hood that might activate sprinklers.

50 905.4  Standpipe Connections in Stairways Provides guidance where the standpipe valve will be located when the stairway is built with a vestibule per the IBC.

51  Helistops and Heliports Added additional language to require design and construction to NFPA 407 and 418 in addition to the IBC.

52  Medical Gas Systems Must be installed by Credentialed installers  ASSE 6010, 6015, 6020 & 6030

53 Chapter 47  NFPA Standards All NFPA Standards referenced in Chapter 47  Automatically adopted on January 1 of the year following the affective date of the standard.

54 Residential Sprinklers  International Residential Code Requires sprinklers in all dwelling units, to include 1 and 2 family dwellings Colorado Springs is not proposing adoption of this section  Each jurisdiction may evaluate this separately.

55 Timeframe  Mid September - October Public Process  November Present to City Council  January 1, 2011 Effective Date


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