Volume 40,   Issue 4                            April  2005


ICC Hears Code Change Proposal

The International Code Council’s (ICC) Code Development Hearings took place February 22-March 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Numerous code change proposals to the International Codes (I-Codes), many of which could affect the glass and glazing industry, were heard.

Following are some decisions of interest pertaining to the International Building Codes (IBC) hearings:
• Section 1604.3: a proposal to provide for the use of the same deflection limits for skylight and sloped glazing framing in sunroom panels was approved;
• Section 1609.14: a proposed change to require impact-resistant glazing or impact resistant coverings in wind-borne debris regions was approved;
• A proposed change to section 2405.5 for unit skylights was approved so the code chapter will now cite the new specification AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440;
• A proposed change to update chapter 35 of the IBC to reference ASTM E 1300-04 was approved;
• A proposed change to section 2406.1.2 that would permit the use of wired glass in occupancies other than group E (educational) was not approved;
• Also not approved was a proposal to section 2406.5 that would have required safety glass to have visible markings to prevent impact.
• A number of proposals relating to glass and glazing were also heard pertaining to the International Building Code, Fire Safety:
• A proposed change to section 713.4 was not approved that would have reduced the perimeter fire barrier system performance to 30 minutes when curtainwall is not required to have a fire-resistance rating;
• A proposed change to section 715.3 to permit alternative methods for determining fire-protection ratings similar to those permitted for fire-resistance ratings was approved, but a proposal to require an “R” or “P” classification based upon whether the product provides a fire resistance or fire rating was not approved; 
• A proposed change to 715.4 was withdrawn. The proposal would have limited the area of glazing in exterior walls where the fire protection rating is more than 90 minutes;
A summary of all actions and the full hearings report are available at www.iccsafe.org. The deadline for receipt of public comments to the hearings actions on proposed changes is June 16, 2005. 

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