NFPA Comprehensive Building Code Planned
To address issues of fire hazards in heat processing equipment and other hazards, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is developing a consensus building code as part of a full set of consensus codes and standards. NFPA will incorporate existing regulations from NFPA-1 Fire Prevention Code, which uses NFPA Standards 86, 86C and 86D to govern industrial ovens and furnaces.
When issued, the NFPA building code will draw from existing codes across a range of applications and will be based on the Epcot Building Code promulgated by Randy Creek Improvement District, Orlando, FL. Other areas to be represented in the code include NFPA 54, the National Fuel Gas Code, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and NFPA 1/ Uniform Fire Code. Firefighter safety is among the topics to be considered.
NFPA expects the its building code to be issued by 2002.