FSNA Strategy

Research And Technical Data, Position Papers

FSNA has launched short term campaigns to investigate specific topics. FSNA engages subject matter experts to develop unbiased research and technical papers on specific topics. FSNA has prepared position papers for distribution to participants in the code development processes, including committee members, prior to the hearings, technical committee meetings, and technical committee report sessions which substantiate FSNA positions on significant code changes of interest to the passive fire protection industry and provide rationale for those positions.

FSNA has established a library of articles and papers which supports the safety layering position. Numerous other committees and organizations have substantiated the need for safety layers as a means to ensure continuity of operations, improve sustainability, increase durability, increase adaptability for reuse, increase resistance to disasters.

Activity In The Code Development Process

FSNA takes a proactive approach in the code development processes of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Code Council (ICC). Fire Safe North America will continue its historically strong and active participation with the codes and standards development process, as well as extending their efforts to include codes and standards involvement in Canada. FSNA will engage in a level of activity that corresponds to the current needs of the membership with code change proposals that will have a good probability of succeeding or providing an important statement of principle to the appropriate code body. Its intent is to develop a sufficient proactive approach to serve as an offset to other competing industries and interests seek to further reduce safety layering equirements of the model codes.

FSNA currently has representation and voting privileges on the following code committees:

  • ICC Code Technology Committee
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
  • NFPA 1 Fire Code

The FSNA participates in the development of all building, fire, and construction codes that impact the essential requirements for safety layering and building resiliency as follows:

  • ICC International Building Code (IBC)
  • National Building Code of Canada
  • ICC International Fire Code (IFC)
  • ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities (ICC PC)
  • ICC International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • ICC International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • ICC International Residential Code (IRC)
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (LSC)
  • NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code (UFC)
  • IAPMO Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC)

Grass Roots Support For Local Amendments And Changes

FSNA consultants and members are interfacing with key policy makers and code officials involved with the code development and code adoption processes at the state or local (grass roots) level in the development of local code change proposals, and the adoption of the model codes with amendments at their state and local levels by leveraging their local influence.

Develop Powerful Alliances

FSNA has maintained relationships with other organizations and associations such as the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), the International Code Council (ICC), The International Associatoin of Building Officials (IABO), the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire and Life Safety Section, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other industry organizations and associations to help the FSNA leverage its resources in promoting safety layering in the model codes.

Interface With ICC Chapters and Committees

The FSNA is developing working relationships with state, regional, and local ICC chapters and ICC Code Action Committees (regional). Such relationships prove valuable in the model code development processes at the national level.