I for one am very happy to see 2020 behind us, and looking forward to the new year. It feels like a fresh start and I’m hopeful about better days ahead. I hope your holidays were happy and that you were able to take some time to recharge.
We are now beginning a new code development cycle for the International Building Code, and NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code will follow soon. This gives us an opportunity to propose changes to the codes that affect door openings the most… – modifications that can address new products or old problems (or both!).
I have a wish list that I add to throughout the 3-year cycle, but I don’t want to miss anything, so I’m wondering what’s on your wish list? Are there code requirements that are often misinterpreted in your jurisdiction? Or applications that the codes are unclear on? Inconsistencies between the model codes that can cause problems in the field?
One of my priorities is to further clarify the code sections affecting electrified hardware – the different electrified hardware applications and the codes that address them are probably the most frequently-asked questions I receive. What else? The IBC proposals are due NEXT MONDAY, so time is short!