ings at 24-inch intervals in 3-inch letters.
■ Including a new standard and method for
testing the joints between a rated and nonrated assembly.
■ Limiting glazed opening in fire partitions to
no more than 25% of the wall area.
■ Reducing the height, area and number of
stories for buildings constructed in seismic
zones, high-wind areas and hurricane-prone regions.
■ Requiring additional fire apparatus access
and increased open space around buildings
constructed of materials other than concrete and masonry.
■ Providing actual key locking systems on
refrigerant line end caps.
■ Eliminating the use of flexible ducting in
nearly all applications.
Supporting Public Comment on Occupancy
and Occupied Roofs
At the 2015 BOMA International Conference
& Expo in July, BOMA International’s Building
Codes and Voluntary Standards Committee
reviewed the proposed code changes from
the spring hearings. In reviewing a handful of
proposals not originally approved during the
hearings but that would benefit the industry,
the committee decided to move forward with
public comments to support these proposals.
For example, the committee suggested that
BOMA International clarify the definition of
“occupied roofs” to include accessibility to the
space, fire and life safety protection through-
out the building and suitable egress from
the occupied roof. They also saw the need to
coordinate additional methods of determin-
ing the occupant load of conference rooms in
business occupancies and reverse the com-
mittee’s action that would require automatic
suppression systems in existing buildings in
BOMA International is developing online
voting guides on the most important issues
under consideration for use by ICC voting
members both at the upcoming Public Comment Hearings starting in September and
during the online voting period. Those interested in obtaining this information should
stay tuned to the Codes & Standards section
of BOMA International’s website at www.
Kevin Fry and Steve Orlowski lead BOMA International’s codes advocacy efforts. They can
be reached via e-mail at email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information
about building codes and other commercial
real estate topics, visit www.boma.org.
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“Proposals for the accessibility standard would change overall dimensions required
for wheeled mobility devices, including more
space allocated to corridors, bathroom stalls,
vestibules and other areas where users turn
around objects or corners. ”