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UL leads proposal to introduce additive manufacturing into International Fire Code

UL leads proposal to introduce additive manufacturing into International Fire Code

December 19, 2018

During the International Code Council (ICC) 2018 public comment hearings in Richmond, VA, revisions to incorporate new requirements and standards for additive manufacturing (AM) into the 2021 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) were successful. Throughout the hearings  UL Codes and Regulatory staff had discussions that addressed concerns around terminology, code formatting, and the use of inert gasses in industrial operations.

UL Regulatory Services Regional Manager, Howard Hopper, not only represented the ICC Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC) on the proposal, but also served as the chair of the FCAC Additive Manufacturing Working Group and took the lead for the AM testimony at the hearings.  The proposal introduced terms and definitions into the IFC , as well as requirements related to equipment, materials, occupancies, permits, inert gases and combustible dusts among other safety considerations pertaining to AM. As a result the  proposed revisions were approved by a majority vote of 89% at the hearing and will become  part of the updates to the IFC that will be published in 2021.

A recording of the testimony at the hearing is available on the ICC website CLICK HERE.

Overview of the International Fire Code® (IFC®)

Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosion, handling or use of hazardous materials and the use and occupancy of buildings and premises. The International Fire Code is designed to meet these needs through model code regulations that safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small.

The International Fire Code (IFC) is in use or adopted in 42 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam and Puerto Rico. As a model code, the IFC is intended to be adopted in accordance with the laws and procedures of a governmental jurisdiction.

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