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1/4/2014 12:53:00 PM
Building Safety Dept. to continue code adoption meetings

Bill Helm
Managing Editor


CAMP VERDE - On Monday, the Town of Camp Verde's Building Safety Department will continue its series of meetings focused on the potential adoption of the 2012 International Building Codes.

"Building codes make buildings safer, more efficient, more durable, and leave the door open for new technologies and research and design," said Robert Foreman, Camp Verde building official and town safety officer.

The Jan. 6 meeting will focus on the International Fire Code (IFC), the third of 11 codes that make up the 2012 International Building Codes. On Dec. 16, the Building Safety Department held its first meeting to discuss the IFC.

The purpose of the IFC is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level or life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing building, structures and premises, and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Though many of the changes to the 2012 International Fire Code deal with high-rise structures - more than 75 feet high, there are other minor changes that will affect new construction within the community, according to Kristi Gagnon, fire marshal for the Camp Verde Fire District.

The "big changes" in the IFC are in relation to photovoltaic systems and requirements for sprinkler systems in residential housing, Foreman said.

Prior to reviewing the IFC, the Building Safety Department has discussed the International Residential Code and the International Building Code.

According to Foreman, the IBC and IFC share several identical points: Use and Occupancy, Types of Construction, Fire and Smoke Protection, Penetrations, Opening Protections, Interior Finishings, Fire Protection Systems, Exits and Exit Access, Means of Egress, Occupant Load, Accessible Egress, Exterior Walls, Roofing [and] Fire Safety During Construction.

After IFC work sessions have been completed, the Building and Safety Department will then hold two meetings to discuss the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), two meetings to discuss the National Electrical Code (NEC), then two final meetings to discuss the following codes: International Fuel and Gas Code (IFGC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Plumbing Code (IPC), International Existing Building Code (IEBC), International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC).

Monday's meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in Town Council chambers, 473 S. Main St. #106. The agenda can be found at: http://www.campverde.az.gov/government/community-development-2/building-safety/2012-building-code-adoption/. The Building Safety Department encourages architects, builders, contractors and designers, as well as members of the general public from Camp Verde and the surrounding areas to attend.

-- Contact the reporter at bhelm@verdenews.com or follow the reporter at Twitter @BillHelm42


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