ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities 2012 (ICCPC 2012)



Effective Use of the Icc Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities

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


Part I ‒ Administrative

Chapter 1 General Administrative Provisions

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 Design Performance Levels

Chapter 4 Reliability and Durability

Part II ‒ Building

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

Part III ‒ Fire

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

Part IV ‒ Appendices

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 premise or reach a safe place as appropriate to the design performance level determined in Chapter 3.
To provide people with disabilities reasonable use of the built environment in a manner consistent with that provided to people without disabilities in nonemergency conditions.
Buildings and their site-adjacent facilities shall allow all people, including but not limited to people with disabilities, functional use of spaces based on a space’s intended purpose.
Safe and usable routes shall be provided that allow people to:
1. Approach, enter and leave buildings and sites to and from adjacent transportation stops, walkways and parking areas.
2. Move within and use building and site spaces based on a facility’s intended purpose.
To ensure the safety of all people using, maintaining and inspecting elevators, escalators and similar building transportation equipment inside or outside of buildings.
Building transportation equipment installations for access into, within and outside of buildings shall provide for the safe movement of all people and the safety of maintenance and inspection personnel.
Building transportation equipment shall:
1. Move people safely when starting, stopping, accelerating, decelerating or changing direction of travel, and hold the rated loads.
2. Be constructed to avoid the likelihood of people falling, tripping, becoming caught and coming in contact with sharp edges or projections under normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.
3. Be guided and have sufficient running clearances.
4. Have controls to stop and prevent restarting in the event of activation of a safety device.
5. Be capable of being isolated for inspection, testing and maintenance.
6. Have adequate lighting and ventilation during normal conditions or upon loss of normal power.
Elevators shall be designed and constructed to provide:
1. A means of communication for trapped passengers in stalled elevators.
2. Emergency recall operation that discharges passengers at the required designated or alternate landing in the event of a fire emergency.
3. Emergency in-car operation for fire-fighting and rescue operations.
4. An environment that ensures the safe operation of the equipment for the anticipated use or application.