N101 (New), N101.1 (New), N101.2 (New), N101.3 (New), N102 (New), N102.1 (New), N103 (New), N103.1 (New), N103.2 (New), N103.3 (New), N104 (New), N104.1 (New), N104.2 (New), N104.3 (New), N104.4 (New), N104.5 (New), N104.6 (New), N104.7 (New), N105 (New), N105.1 (New), N105.2 (New), N105.3 (New), N105.4 (New), N105.5 (New), , N106 (New), N106.1 (New), N106.2 (New), N107 (New), N107.1 (New), N107.2 (New), N107.2.1 (New), N107.3 (New), N107.3.1 (New), N22.214.171.124 (New), N126.96.36.199 (New), N188.8.131.52 (New), N184.108.40.206 (New), N220.127.116.11 (New), N18.104.22.168 (New), N22.214.171.124 (New), N126.96.36.199 (New), N188.8.131.52 (New), N184.108.40.206.1 (New), N220.127.116.11.2 (New), N18.104.22.168.3 (New), N107.4 (New), N107.5 (New), N107.6 (New), N107.7 (New), N107.8 (New), N107.8.1 (New), N107.8.2 (New), N107.8.3 (New), N107.8.4 (New), N108 (New), N108.1 (New), N108.2 (New)
Proponent : Michael O’Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org); Bruce Johnson, representing F-CAC (email@example.com)
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Reason: This proposal is submitted by the ICC Fire Code Action Committee (F-CAC) – insert standard F-CAC language here.The Fire Code Action Committee believes there is a need for an adoptable appendix covering larger, more complex trade shows and exhibitions, especially those that include covered and multi-level booths, which pose unique safety hazards.
This proposed appendix is intended to address hazards associated with larger, more complex trade shows and exhibitions. Although many of these requirements are already included in various locations in the IFC, some of the more important items, such as requirements for covering covered booths and multi-story booths are not in the existing code. In addition, having the requirements covering these events in a single location makes it easier for those organizing exhibitions, and individual exhibitors who are unfamiliar with the entire fire code to locate the requirements that are applicable to them.
N101.1 The minimum square foot thresholds clarify that the appendix does not cover small trade shows, like those with traditional tabletop displays and small booths. It only covers the larger exhibitions, and those with covered and multi-level booths, which pose additional safety concerns.
N101.3 clearly defines the information needed to obtain a permit for one of these larger exhibitions. Having this information in writing makes it easier for all parties to understand the information needed to gain approval for the exhibition.
N103 includes a convenient pointer to public safety related requirements in Chapter 4 of the IFC.
N104 includes a set of interior finish requirements that are applicable to an event in a Group A occupancy where there is a significant amount of interior finish material in the exhibits and booth themselves that was not present in the building when it was initially designed. Due to the potential fuel loading in the exhibition area, interior finish and trim requirements are required to comply Class A and Class B in unsprinklered and sprinkler buildings, respectfully. Cross references to other applicable requirements in Chapter 8 were provided in this section as a convenience to the code user.
N105 and N106 include requirements designed to provide an acceptable level of safety for the hazards associated with multi-level and covered booths. Both of these booth types have the ability to block sprinkler protection provided in the room in which the exhibition is held, and also can include a significant amount of fuel loading, which justifies temporary automatic sprinklers for the larger booths. In addition multi-level booths present concerns with structural integrity, which warrants being designed and constructed in accordance with Chapter 16 of the IBC.
N107 includes basic requirements for storage in exhibitions, and certain operations.
N108 includes a pointer to Chapter 10 means of egress requirements, and also restricts storage in aisles and corridors of exhibitions when the general public is present.
This general context of this proposal was submitted as a Public Comment last cycle in an attempt to simplify a reasonable set of requirements for ensuring safety at trade shows and exhibitions. Similar sets of requirements have been successfully used in jurisdictions such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Concerns raised last cycle about a lack of definitions, a lack of minimum thresholds, a belief that the proposal was not yet ready for inclusion in the code, and might be better suited as an adoptable appendix.
This proposal addresses all of the concerns included in the previous Fire Code Technical Committee reason statement, for disapproval as follows:
This material is better suited for an adoptable appendix – this change proposes an adoptable Appendix N.
More realistic thresholds need to be established – the original proposal covered special events of all sizes, which conceivable covered a single tabletop booth. Section N101.1 limits the scope of the Appendix to exhibition areas over 1500 sq. ft. in unsprinklered buildings, and 3000 sq. ft. in sprinklered buildings. Exhibits including covered and multi-level booth are covered by these requirements regardless of size due to their unique safety concerns.
Several terms need definitions – with the scaled back scope and length of the proposal many of the terms that previously needed definitions were eliminated, Section N102 includes the definitions that are needed to properly apply the requirements in the proposed Appendix.
This proposal is submitted by the ICC Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC). The FCAC was established by the ICC Board of Directors to pursue opportunities to improve and enhance assigned International Codes with regard to fire safety and hazardous materials in new and existing buildings and facilities and the protection of life and property in wildland urban interface areas. In 2014 and 2015 the Fire-CAC has held 5 open meetings. In addition, there were numerous conference calls, Regional Work Group and Task Group meetings for the current code development cycle, which included members of the committees as well as any interested parties, to discuss and debate the proposed changes. Related documentation and reports are posted on the FCAC website at: FCAC
Cost Impact: Will not increase the cost of construction
This appendix includes reasonable requirememnts for the safe operation of indoor trade shows and/or exhibitoons in existing structures that were not construted for this occupancy use group. There are no additional costs related to construction.