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State's code-making body "dysfunctional" for not updating its building code

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 21, 2015

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08561089970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08561089970d-320wi|alt=Pennsylvania Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Pennsylvania Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08561089970d img-responsive!In an op-ed written for the +Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,+ two fire service officials did not mince their words when it came to a Pennsylvania code-making body's inability to update the state building code. 


 

"Dysfunctional...is the perfect word to describe the Uniform Construction Code's Review and Advisory Council," says John Waters and Larry Christie, co-chairs of the Pennsylvania Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "Not the term you want to hear about a state-appointed review panel whose job is to review changes to the various codes that safeguard our citizens' health and safety."


Since the council couldn't agree on adopting the 2012 or 2015 editions of model building codes, the state is still enforcing the 2009 editions. "Changes to these codes are ongoing and based on extensive research," the authors stated. "The codes are meant to protect those occupying the buildings--our families."


 

Even more frustrating to the authors was that the Commonwealth passed legislation in 1999 to createand updateits state building code. The interests of the building industry seem to trump the safety of the state's citizens, they added.


Furthermore, home fire sprinkler opponents effectively persuaded state lawmakers to remove a statewide, sprinkler requirement that would have taken effect in 2011. 



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    • "Sprinklers will harm efforts at providing affordable housing nationwide."

    • "Sprinklers will not improve firefighter injuries and fatalities."

    • "Sprinklers aren't needed since current construction assemblies have increased protection and safety measures in place."  


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