What To Expect in the 2015 I-Codes
by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant
2015 International Building Code
The 2015 I-Codes are being finalized. Here are some of the major changes you will find in some of the 2015 International Codes.
- Installation of new construction fire alarm and detection systems upon any change of occupancy.
- Fire access elevators must be capable of accommodating 3,500 lbs and needs to fit a 24″ X 84″ stretcher.
- Groups I-1 and I-2 will now have Conditions 1 and 2 based on the level of care being provided.
- The smoke compartment size of Group I-2 was increased from 22,500 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq.ft.
■ Group E (Educational) and first responder facilities located in “tornado alley “must have a storm shelter.
■ Chapter 34 (Existing Buildings) has been deleted from the IBC and is now part of the International Existing Building Code.
■ Elevators requirements have been moved from Chapter 7 to Chapter 30 for all the code requirements.
■ Pedestrian walkways now have specific requirements instead of exceptions.
■ Smoke barriers can terminate at other than the exterior walls when separating areas of refuge and elevator lobbies.
■ HVAC ductwork can completely exit a shaft and re-enter another if they are protected by fire and smoke dampers.
■ A new standard for foam plastic insulation where wind resistant pressure is required.
■ The occupant load for Group M (Mercan- tile) will be 60 sq. ft. per occupant for all floors.
■ Accessible routes between stories were revised to reflect the provisions of the 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design and U.S. Dept. of Justice regs.
■ Photovoltaic (PV) panels, modules and integrated products have been defined. New roof live-loads for these PV installations (solar panels).
■ Inconsistencies between the 2012 IBC concrete requirements and the 2011 ACI 318 standard have removed duplicate requirements.