Providing life safety and property protection is a significant part of a building’s design and construction process, and one of the primary focuses of building codes. Many jurisdictions have now adopted a code based on the recent edition of the new International Building Code (IBC).
However, most of the fire safety provisions of the IBC were developed using the least stringent requirements of each of the three previously published model building codes. Building and safety experts are concerned that the current minimum requirements for fire safety – especially for multi-residential structures such as town-houses, dormitories, assisted living facilities, small hotels, etc., may not provide enough protection for the elderly, college students, disabled persons, and families dwelling in these units.
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