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NFPA Codes/Standards:


NFPA Codes/Standards

NFPA

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) produces over 300 standards and one code, the NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code (an alternative to the IBC that is rarely adopted).

While the NFPA documents can be adopted locally, they are typically enacted indirectly by reference- in the I-Codes. This means that the document is not independently vetted at the time of adoption, but rather is included in an I-Code during the code’s development process. Unless otherwise noted, the codes and standards referenced in an I-Code become part of the jurisdictional compliance requirements at the time such code is adopted. I-Codes may include dozens of references to other codes and standards.

NMHC/NAA closely monitor and participate in the development of the following NFPA codes and standards:

  • Fire Code (NFPA 1) 
  • National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) 
  • Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) 
  • Building Construction and Safety Code (NFPA 5000) 
  • National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)

Like ICC, NFPA develops standards using the ANSI consensus process; although, the procedure differs slightly. NFPA documents are updated on a three-year cycle. Anyone can submit proposed changes; however, participation is limited to committee members unless specific permission is asked for and granted prior to the committee meeting.

NFPA Codes and Standards Development Timelines

  • NFPA 1 Fire Code
    Updated on a five-year cycle. The current 2008 version will be revised in 2012 with requirements that will appear in the 2013 version.

  • NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code
    The current 2010 edition is now being updated for items to include in the 2013 version.

  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
    The current 2012 version will be updated in 2013 and 2014 for items to be included in the 2015 version.

  • NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code
    The current 2012 version will be updated concurrently with NFPA 101 in 2013 and 2014 for items to be included in the 2015 version.

  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
    The current 2011 edition is now being updated. Committee meetings for the Report on Proposals (ROP) were competed in January 2012. The second and final action of the committee for the Report on Comments (ROC) will be in October 2012 for items to be included in the 2014 version.
     

NMHC/NAA NFPA Committee Appointments

  • Fire Code (NFPA 1) 
  • National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) 
  • Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) 
  • Building Construction and Safety Code (NFPA 5000) 
  • National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) 

NMHC Building Codes & Standards Primer

  • Learn how the model codes and standards are developed and how apartment firms can participate in the process. HTML PDF
  • Detailed information on the timeline for updating the model codes and standards. HTML PDF