Existing Building Safety Guide

[In Development]

Maintaining the integrity of the structural, fire/life safety, envelope, plumbing, mechanical, electric, and fuel gas equipment of a building throughout its life is of paramount importance. The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) requires both the interior and exterior of the building to be maintained in good repair and structurally sound and not pose a threat to public health, safety and welfare. Unsafe structures and equipment are addressed in Section 111 of the IPMC.

The Code Council is developing a guide to provide the framework to assess whether an unsafe condition exists. The guide will cover regular inspection of structural elements, egress components, active and passive fire protection systems, the building envelope (including the roof), electrical, plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas equipment and systems.

The fundamental purpose of an Existing Building Safety Inspection program is to confirm that the existing building is safe for continued use under the present occupancy. The document in development is intended to be a guide and under no circumstances will these minimum recommendations intended supplant proper professional judgment.

About the Guideline Development Process

The Code Council adheres to openness and transparency in our development process. Committee members represent a diverse set of interest categories. All ICC Guideline committee meetings are open to the public. Any interested party can participate in committee meetings and can be considered by the committee for membership on any work-group that the committee creates. Interested parties will be notified by email of activities related to the Existing Building Safety Guideline, including committee meetings, sub-group meetings and the availability of guideline development documentation.

If you wish to contribute to the development of this guideline, please contact Kevin McOsker.

News & Updates

  • The Existing Building Safety Guideline Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 2:30 pm ET.
  • Check the Committee Documents below to view the meeting schedule for specific dates.

Committee Documents

G7 Meeting Schedule
Guideline Committee Roster
GDC Meeting Agenda October 23_10_03
G7 Meeting Notice 2023 OCT 03
GDC Meeting Agenda September 23_09_19
G7 Meeting Notice September 19
GDC Meeting Minutes 23 08 22
G7 Meeting Notice August2023 AUG 22
GDC Meeting Agenda August 23_08_22
GDC Meeting Minutes 23 07 25
G7 Meeting Notice July 2023
GDC June Meeting Minutes 2023
G7 Meeting Notice June 2023