As most of you know, the code development cycle is typically 3 years, which means that the codes are constantly evolving. The 2015 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code have been published, and I have revised the Allegion Code Reference Guide to include updated paragraph references and relevant changes. The PDF version is available for download now – just click the “Guide” tab near the top of the screen.
A few IBC changes that you might not be aware of…
- The section called Access Controlled Egress Doors has been changed to Sensor Release of Electrically Locked Egress Doors.
- The activation time for delayed egress locks has been changed from a maximum of 1 second, to a maximum of 3 seconds.
- In previous editions, key-operated locks were limited to the main exterior door or doors in certain occupancy types…the word “exterior” has been deleted so that they may be used on entrance doors to stores located within a mall, as long as certain criteria are met.
- Controlled egress locks are now allowed in I-1 occupancies in addition to I-2, and language has been added with regard to infant abduction systems.
- With the 2015 IBC’s reference to the 2013 edition of NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives – fire door assemblies are required to be inspected after installation and after maintenance work, in addition to annually.
Remember – these changes do not technically apply until they are adopted by the applicable jurisdiction, but I recommend that you download the new guide so you have the latest information. To email a link to this downloadable guide to your colleagues, click here.
This guide includes highlights of some of the codes and standards. We recommend that you consult the applicable code or standard for complete information. The referenced publications may be purchased here: