2009 IBC & IFC UL 1994


Two of the most widely accepted codes in North America are the International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC). The IBC differs from the related IFC in that the IBC addresses fire prevention in regard to construction and design and the International Fire Code addresses fire prevention in regard to the operation of a completed and occupied building. All 50 states have adopted a version of the IBC and at least 42 states have adopted a version of the IFC The nation's three model code groups, the Building Officials Code Administrators International (BOCA), the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), and the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) decided to combine their efforts and in 1994 they formed the International Code Council (ICC) to develop codes that would have no regional limitations. These codes regulate the construction of residential and commercial buildings and are adhered to by the industry in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of communities large and small. The ICC revises these codes every three years to ensure that the regulations remain up-to-date by establishing new minimum safety standards based on experience. Typical revisions include new materials and methods of construction, new and innovative design ideas and technologies, fire safety, life safety and structural stability. In 2009, the ICC introduced the latest editions of the IBC and IFC, both of which include significant code changes and enhancements, particularly in regards to the means of egress.