Over the last three years, the International Code Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare has made significant progress in aligning the I-Codes with current federal regulations, taking the next step toward consistency in building codes for health care facilities. In 2015 significant changes are coming to the International Building Code (IBC), which applies to new facilities. The International Fire Code (IFC), which affects ongoing inspections of existing facilities, had important victories in developing changes for the 2015 code. The presenters will outline the changes coming to the IBC and the proposed changes to the IFC finalized in the fall of 2013. This session will enable attendees to:
Describe the differences between the requirements in the I-Codes and NFPA 101.
Explain why it is important for the I-Codes and NFPA 101 to be aligned.
Discuss changes to the I-Codes and how they will narrow the gap between the I-Code requirements and NFPA 101.
Identify ways in which anyone can become directly involved in the outcome of the I-Code process to help sustain the gains that were made.
MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE,
Senior Associate Director of Advocacy,
American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
Director, Engineering Services,
Pennsylvania Hospital/Penn Medicine