ICC Approves Code Proposal Regarding WOCD’s

April 22nd, 2013 by DWM Magazine

The International Code Council’s (ICC) Committee Action Hearings got underway yesterday in Dallas, and a few industry-related code proposals have already been approved. Among these, EB15-13, proposed by Jeff Inks of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), was approved with modifications. The proposal sought to adapt sections 702.4, “Window opening control devices (WOCD),” and section 702.5, “Emergency escapes and rescue openings.”

The intent of this proposal is to ensure window replacements meet the requirements for new construction for window fall protection and emergency escape and rescue openings when practical and avoid discouraging or preventing the replacement of windows when it is not — provided there is no reduction in existing safety,” writes Inks. “With respect to the proposed provisions for window opening control devices on replacement windows, they are intended to ensure window fall protection is provided where required for new construction when windows, including sash and frame, are replaced.”

The proposal was based on Minnesota’s residential code, according to Inks.

“More specifically, the intent of this proposal is to ensure that the IRC does not discourage or prevent improvements in emergency escape and rescue openings, especially for fire safety, in older residential occupancies by requiring replacement windows to meet all of the provisions of Section 310 when doing so can only be accomplished by increasing the size of the rough opening or altering the interior wall,” he adds.

“Very briefly, the modification (which was mine as well) clarified when window opening control devices are required in IBC versus IRC occupancies,” Inks tells DWM magazine.

EB9-13, a proposal that sought to specify that glazing in hazardous locations have the same requirements for replacement glazing as in new installations, modifying section 602.3 of the code, was disapproved. Additionally, the proposal, put forth by Carl Baldassarra, chair of the ICC code technology committee, also would have adapted the text of section 702.4, “Window opening control devices,” and 702.5, “Emergency escape and rescue openings.”

“The purpose of this proposal is to coordinate the repair and alteration provisions of the IEBC with the changes approved to the IBC/IEBC in the 2012 Group A cycle,” wrote Baldassarra in his proposal. “Code changes G225-12 and G227-12 were approved as modified by public comment to revise Section 3407 of the IBC (IEBC Section 406). In addition, Code change G201-12 last cycle removed the existing building provisions from Chapter 34 of the IBC in favor of a reference to the IEBC.”

The code hearings started yesterday and run through next Tuesday. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for more information throughout the week.

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