Codes and Standards Updates

In its efforts to revise the International Fire Code and International Fuel Gas Code to be more suitable for adoption by the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Propane Gas Association (SCPGA)  proposed several changes to the Building Codes Council in that state. All of the proposals made by the association were accepted by the Council, including one to delete all the requirements for manufacturers to mark pipe, tubing and fittings. This requirement is considered to be impractical and of little safety benefit since all pipe, tubing and fittings are already manufactured to the materials standards that are in the code. Although it was challenged by a building code official on the basis that electrical and plumbing piping and conduit was required to be similarly marked, the SCPGA's proposal was ultimately approved by the Building Code Council.

At the national level, the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have begun to thaw their icy relationship. Back when the model code agencies were considering forming the International Codes Council in the early 1990's the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was considered to be a key player in the effort to achieve uniformity between the codes and standards that affect the built environment. However, the three legacy code groups could not reach an agreement with NFPA on certain issues, and the relationship soured between the ICC and NFPA. A recent announcement made by the ICC indicates that both organizations are starting a new initiative called the "Coalition for Current Safety Codes," for which the purpose is to "advance safety by advocating for the adoptions of current building, sustainability, electrical and life safety codes." Broadly speaking, the mission of the coalition will be to explain the benefits to the general public when jurisdictions adopt and enforce the latest codes and standards for the built environment.



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