The International Fire Code (IFC) addresses conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosion, handling or use of hazardous materials, and the use and occupancy of buildings and premises. The International Fire Code is designed to mitigate these hazards through model code regulations that safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small.
This comprehensive fire code establishes minimum regulations for fire prevention and fire protection systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new system designs. The 2015 edition is fully compatible with the family of International Codes.
- Provisions provide minimum protection for public health, safety and welfare from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in buildings, structures and premises.
- Allows for the use of alternative and innovative materials and performance-based methods in achieving code compliance.
- Does not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or construction methods.
- References nationally developed consensus standards.
- Addresses fire risks in existing buildings with retrospective requirements.
- Includes reasonable yet comprehensive regulations for hazardous materials.