|Terrorism-Resistant Buildings That May Impact Fire Protection Engineering|
Issue 27: Issues Identified Within ICC'S Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism-Resistant Buildings That May Impact Fire Protection Engineering
By John R. Battles, P.E.
The International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors authorized the creation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism-Resistant Buildings in mid-2004. The Ad Hoc Committee process has been used frequently by the ICC to enable the devotion of sufficient time and resources to a particular topic or subject area. A call for committee members was posted in July, 2004, and the Ad Hoc Committee convened for the first time in February of 2005 by conference call.
About six months into the Committee's efforts, the NIST World Trade Center (WTC) Study1 was released to the public (in September, 2005).
The Committee reviewed the report and developed a list of action items within the purview of the model codes based upon the recommendations contained within the report. The items addressed include the following issues: progressive collapse (NIST Recommendation #1), building burnout (NIST Recommendation #4 & #8), spray-on fire resistant materials (NIST Recommendation #6), redundancy of active fire protection systems (NIST Recommendation #12), stairway width (NIST Recommendation #17 & #18), stairway remoteness (NIST Recommendation #17 & #18), stairway shaft robustness (NIST Recommendation #17 & #18), and command and control systems (NIST Recommendation #24).
A total of fourteen code changes were submitted during the 2006/2007 code cycle. Ten unsuccessful code change proposals were amended in accordance with public comments and re-submitted for the 2007/2008 code cycle.
The following are the changes implemented by the Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism-Resistant Buildings consistent with the NIST WTC Recommendations impacting fire protection engineering that will appear in the 2009 International Building Code:
John Battles, P.E., is with the International Code Council
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