2021 ICC Committee Action Hearing After Action Report

The International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings ended on May 4th. The Committee Action Hearings lasted 21 days and took 200 total hours to complete. Around 1,162 proposals were heard and deliberated by 13 different code committees. The NFSA Code Development Team was there for every proposal to ensure the fire sprinkler industry was represented and the fire sprinkler concept was furthered. Long before the Committee Action Hearings started, the NFSA Code Development Team began writing, reviewing, commenting and working with our partners and others in the industry to ensure the next edition of the I-Codes provides the highest level of protection as possible.

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When are Standpipes Required?

The requirements for the installation of standpipe systems comes from locally adopted building and fire codes. The International Code Council (ICC) confirms that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New York City, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have adopted the International Building Code (IBC) for use in new construction. The International Fire Code (IFC) is adopted in 41 states and NFPA 1 - Fire Code in 20 states. The installation requirements for those standpipes can be found in NFPA - 14 Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems.

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Let your voice be heard at the International Code Council’s Code Hearings

The Committee Action Hearings (CAH) of the International Code Council are in full swing. While normally these hearings would be in person, this year they are completely virtual. The ICC has created an impressive online hearing environment that has proved to work well as the various committees hear the many proposals submitted for this code cycle.  This cycle includes the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Fire Code (IFC), and many more.  The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) has been successful in supporting/opposing proposals that affect the fire sprinkler industry.

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Mezzanines and fire sprinkler allowances

The installation of automatic fire sprinklers allows for many design advantages but the allowance for mezzanines is an ideal way to increase usable interior space and expand a business, at minimal cost. 

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