Significant changes to distilled spirits in the 2021 International Building Code
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2021 International Building Code
An addition to Sections 903.2.4.2 and 903.2.9.3 (Distilled Spirits) states that a sprinkler requirement for both the manufacturing and bulk storage of distilled spirits has been imposed.
A series of changes has been made throughout both the IBC and the IFC to eliminate confusion in the regulation of buildings that manufacture or store distilled spirits and wines. Distilled spirits have the properties of flammable liquids and proper safeguards must be provided for the occupancies and structures that house such activities.
With the changes to (a) clarify the proper occupancy classification of both manufacturing and storage, (b) deal with the different types of containers, (c) provide specific exclusions to indicate such facilities can be a “use other than Group H”, and (d) add a new chapter in the IFC to address the “storage of distilled spirits and wines”, it should now be easier to determine how these uses are to be regulated and should lead to more consistent enforcement. The new sprinkler requirements, along with all the other changes, will help reduce the hazard from these uses and coordinate with all the other important protection systems and controls.
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