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IBC Temporary Standpipe Requirements
It can be tough in today’s industry to properly monitor and keep up with individual municipality requirements as it relates to fire prevention code. So many follow one or multiple such as the IFC, IBC, or NFPA and frequently, they follow different years from one another. One such code requirement would be the IBC’s Temporary Standpipe requirement.
Section 3311 of the IBC pertains to standpipes. The 2015 variation of the code dictates in section 3311.1, “Where required. In buildings required to have standpipes by Section 905.3.1, no fewer than one standpipe shall be provided for use during construction. Such standpipe(s) shall be installed prior to construction exceeding 40 feet in height above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Such standpipe(s) shall be provided with fire department hose connections at accessible locations adjacent to usable stairways. Such standpipe(s) shall be extended as construction progresses to within one floor of the highest point of construction having secured decking or flooring.”
With regards to the above section, some building officials or local Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJ) can and have, in our experience, interpret that as including both new and existing buildings that require the need for standpipe systems. If anything, it provides a talking point with the customer and/or the AHJ in the early/bidding stages of the project.
It is worth noting, that some AHJ’s have provided variances to this requirement based on the fire department having access to the highest occupied floor with their equipment, such as a ladder truck, but you have to ask the question. What’s the worst they can say? No?