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 and property from the consequences of unauthorized discharge, fires or explosions involving hazardous materials.
Provide adequate safeguards to minimize the risk of unwanted releases, fires or explosions involving hazardous materials as appropriate to the design performance level determined in Chapter 3.
Provide adequate safeguards to minimize the consequences of an unsafe condition involving hazardous materials during normal operations and in the event of an abnormal condition in accordance with the design performance level determined in Chapter 3.
To safeguard people from injury caused by exposure to hazards from building materials.
Building materials that are potentially hazardous shall be used in ways to avoid undue risk to people.
The quantities of gas, liquid, radiation or solid particles emitted by materials used in the construction of buildings shall not give rise to harmful concentrations at the surface of the material where the material is exposed or in the atmosphere of any space.

Glass or other brittle materials with which people are likely to come into contact shall comply with one or more of the following:

1. If broken upon impact, break in a way that is unlikely to cause injury.

2. Resist a reasonably foreseeable impact without breaking.

3. Be reasonably protected from impact.

To prevent people from unintentionally falling from one level to another.
Buildings and their facilities shall be constructed to reduce the likelihood of unintentional falls.
A barrier shall be provided where people could fall 30 inches (762 mm) or more from an opening in the external envelope or floor of a building or its facilities.
Roofs with permanent access shall have barriers provided.
Barriers shall be constructed and installed appropriate to the hazard.
When barriers have openings, the openings shall be of an appropriate size and configuration to keep people from falling through based upon the anticipated age of the occupants.
To safeguard people from injury or illness and to protect property from damage during the construction or demolition processes.

Provisions are required during construction and demolition work to:

1. Protect authorized personnel from injury resulting from falling objects, fire, blasts, tripping or falling, or any other risk posed by the construction or demolition operation.

2. Prevent the entry of unauthorized personnel on the construction or demolition site.

3. Protect property off site from damage resulting from falling objects, fire, blasts or any other risk posed by the construction or demolition operations.

Sequencing of tasks, procedural methods and equipment shall be such that:

1. Personnel are protected from injury and illness attributable to hazards present because of the given operation.

2. Adjacent property, property on site and equipment are protected from damage from execution of the given tasks.

3. Safety procedures limit the accumulation of combustible materials on site and provide safeguards for equipment and operations that represent ignition sources.

The structure under construction shall be protected from damage due to wind, rain or other natural hazards likely to occur during construction.

Provisions for personnel movement, transport and support shall be such that:

1. Personnel are protected from injury due to falling.

2. Personnel are protected from injury due to falling objects.

3. Personnel are protected from injury that could be caused by the particular operations being conducted.

4. Exposure to materials that are known to be health hazards is eliminated.

The job site shall be protected from the intrusion of unauthorized personnel.
To identify essential features of the building to its users.
Signs shall identify escape and rescue routes, hazards, accessible elements where not all elements are accessible and other essential features of a building.
Signs shall be clearly visible and readily recognizable under the conditions expected for their purpose.
Signs shall identify exits and safe places, and be located sufficiently to mark escape/rescue routes and guide people to exits and safe places.
Signs that identify exits, safe places and escape/rescue routes shall remain visible in the event of a power failure.
Signs indicating hazards shall be provided in sufficient locations to notify people before they encounter the hazard.
Signs shall identify accessible facilities and be located sufficiently to mark accessible routes.
To provide notification of the need to take some manual action to preserve the safety of occupants or to limit property damage.
Where required, adequate means of occupant notification shall be provided to warn of the presence of a fire or other emergency in sufficient time to enable occupants to take the contemplated action without being exposed to unreasonable risk of injury or death.
Where systems are designed to notify emergency responders, such systems shall indicate the type of emergency and the location of the building. Where buildings are large enough to expect difficulty in prompt location of the fire or other public emergency, identification of the fire zone of origin shall be provided at the building.
Notification of occupants shall be by means appropriate to the needs of the occupants, the use of the building and the emergency egress strategy employed.
When required by the anticipated use of the building, notification systems shall be capable of alerting sleeping occupants in reasonable time to enable them to reach a safe place before the occurrence of untenable conditions at any point along the primary egress path.