2016 Building Code Update
As we end each year, there always seems to be a mystery as to what edition or what changes may occur in the upcoming year, relative to the building code. Last week, while at a State of Ohio sponsored seminar, I found out that for 2016 a new code edition of International Building Code (IBC) as the basis will not be released. Instead, effective January 1, 2016, there will be another set of amendments to be incorporated into current building code. (IBC 2009)
Some of the major changes that may be expected include the following:
- Several new definitions in Chapter 2 are to be added, including 24 hour care definition, incapable of self-preservation, modifications to definition of ambulatory health care facility, historic building, with the definition for adult family home to be deleted.
- Chapter 3 for Use and Occupancy classifications will have casinos and cafeterias added to assembly use.
- NFPA 221 is added as a reference for construction of double fire walls.
- In chapter 7, two new exceptions are added to membrane protection requirements, 1 exception added for exterior curtain wall intersection requirements, and 1 exception added for fire damper requirements.
- Chapter 9 has added emergency voice/alarm communication systems for schools. And domestic type hood suppression systems meeting UL 300A is added.
- Several fuel tank requirements and standards are added to the Ohio Mechanical Code.
- Plumbing fixture requirements for casinos is added to the plumbing fixture table. The maximum length of a combination drain and vent system is allowed to be unlimited, and single stack venti systems are added as allowable method.
- In the Residential Code of Ohio, exceptions for vapor retarder requirements in Chapter 506.2.3 of the RCO is clarified.
- The electrical code edition for residential will be NFPA 70, 2014 edition on January 1, 2016.
This is a quick update as of now. It appears that the changes that we will experience at the start of the year will not be too extensive or difficult to address.
by Jim Mitchell
Principal, Executive Vice President, Director - Civic/Community Studio
As a registered architect for over 27 years and a State of Ohio Certified Master Plans Examiner and Chief Building Official, Jim is a wealth of knowledge regarding building codes. His favorite place to eat is Polaris Grille, and his favorite movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.