ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities 2009 (ICCPC 2009)



Effective Use of the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities

Guide to the Use of the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities


Chapter 1 General Administrative Provisions

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 Design Performance Levels

Chapter 4 Reliability and Durability

Chapter 5 Stability

Chapter 6 Fire Safety

Chapter 7 Pedestrian Circulation

Chapter 8 Safety of Users

Chapter 9 Moisture

Chapter 10 Interior Environment

Chapter 11 Mechanical

Chapter 12 Plumbing

Chapter 13 Fuel Gas

Chapter 14 Electricity

Chapter 15 Energy Efficiency

Chapter 16 Fire Prevention

Chapter 17 Fire Impact Management

Chapter 18 Management of People

Chapter 19 Means of Egress

Chapter 20 Emergency Notification, Access and Facilities

Chapter 21 Emergency Responder Safety

Chapter 22 Hazardous Materials

Appendix A Risk Factors of Use and Occupancy Classifications

Appendix B Worksheet for Assigning Specific Structures to Performance Groups

Appendix C Individually Substantiated Design Method

Appendix D Qualification Characteristics for Design and Review of Performance-Based Designs

Appendix E Use of Computer Models

To protect people during egress and rescue operations.
Enable occupants to exit the building, facility and premises or reach a safe place as appropriate to the design performance level determined in Chapter 3.
The construction, arrangement and number of means of egress, exits and safe places for buildings shall be appropriate to the travel distance, number of occupants, occupant characteristics, building height, and safety systems and features.
Means of egress shall be clearly identified, provided with adequate illumination and be easy and safe to use.
Means of egress shall provide an unobstructed path of travel from each safe place to not less than one exit.
Each safe place shall provide adequate protection from untenable conditions, an appropriate communication system, and adequate space for the intended occupants.
Means of egress shall enable reasonable use by the occupants in the building with due regard to human biomechanics and expectation of consistency.
Suitable means of egress shall be provided in satisfactory arrangement throughout all buildings, facilities and premises, regardless of when they were constructed, based upon the number and character of occupants, length of travel, provision of existing alternative paths, timeline of emergency detection and response, risk level, time to exit and safety systems provided.
Means of egress shall be maintained without obstructions or reductions in capacity that would hinder the ability of the occupants to egress safely.
Means of egress shall be readily identifiable. Buildings shall be operated and maintained in a manner that does not interfere with the identification of exits.
Means of egress shall be maintained and operated in such a manner to ensure that all egress facilities are readily openable and available without special knowledge or effort consistent with the use or occupancy characteristics.
Means of egress shall be maintained and operated in such a manner to ensure that adequate lighting to facilitate safe egress is available.