Significant changes to the 2018 International Fire Code
The 2018 Significant Changes guides are available for the International Building, Residential, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes. This valuable series can help any code user save time by zeroing in on the most critical changes in the 2018 International Codes. The Code Council’s technical experts provide summaries, analysis and graphics for these changes making them clear and easy to understand.
2018 International Fire Code
A modification to Section 903.3.3 (Sprinkler Obstructions) now directs the user to the sprinkler design standard to address sprinkler obstructions. The change provides guidance to refer to the applicable sprinkler standard when dealing with obstructions to sprinkler water discharge. The previous language “installed with due regard to obstructions” was vague and provided no guidance.
This revision sends the code user to the specific design standard regarding sprinkler obstructions. The intent of Section 903.3.3 has not changed. It is to have the sprinklers installed so that obstructions are minimized and the water spray can adequately protect the hazard.
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