Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

The International Codes

BOMA POSITION

BOMA International supports the adoption and implementation of the International Codes, which are the only set of coordinated and integrated model codes for the built environment.

BACKGROUND

In December 1994, the International Code Council (ICC) was formed from 3 regional code developers with a goal of developing a single set of coordinated codes for the built environment. Utilizing more than 190 years of collective experience, the ICC completed the International Codes series in 2000, replacing the National Codes, Uniform Codes, and Standard Codes previously published by the respective organizations that now constitute the ICC.

Other national model codes and standards dealing specifically with fire and life-safety issues have been published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for many years. During the development of the ICC International Codes series, BOMA and other industry groups urged ICC and NFPA to work together to integrate their respective documents into a coordinated “family” of codes. Unfortunately, these efforts were not successful. When the first attempt to jointly develop a fire code by these two organizations failed, NFPA launched an effort to develop a competing series of codes, including a new NFPA building code. Completed in 2003, the central document in this series – the NFPA 5000 Building Code – is replete with enforceability and interpretation problems. The entire NFPA code series lacks the coordination and integration between the different code documents that is critical for the real estate industry and code enforcement officials.

Acceptance and adoption of the International Codes by state and local jurisdictions is almost universal. Although NFPA 5000 has not been well-received by jurisdictions around the nation, the country potentially faces the likelihood of a “hodge-podge” of codes adopted at the state and local levels, thus reducing the level of consistency that could be achieved by the use of one package of codes, if the International Codes are not adopted.

BOMA members are best served by a proven set of codes that are ready for adoption across the country - the International Codes.

ACTION REQUESTED

BOMA members should aggressively monitor state and local activities and become actively involved in any efforts to adopt new codes. If any municipality is considering the adoption of a model code, BOMA members are encouraged to support adoption of the ICC’s International Codes.

INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL WEB SITE

Visit the International Code Council Web Site.