Group A Hearings for ICC Code Development Complete

For the first time in its code development cycle, the ICC has made an online, cloud-based system available for code collaboration. Open the to the general public, the 2015 Committee Action Hearings for Group A ended at approximately 7 pm on Monday, April 27. The unofficial results can be viewed here, which breaks the fire… Read more »

“HetNet Happenings” Discusses Current Trends in the Small Cell Sector

Market analysts tallied some 10.2 million small cell units shipped in the last year, with that number poised to double or even triple in 2015. RCR Wireless News Managing Editor Sean Kinney discussed current trends in the small cell sector and small-cell related news items. To watch the full episode, click here.      

Google Wireless Service Might Come with Free Global Roaming

We first wrote about Google’s Wireless Service launch back in January. Google is now reportedly negotiating a deal with Hutchison Whampoa, who owns the cellular service provider Three, which operates in Italy, the UK, Europe and Asia. Earlier this year, Google was negotiating a purchase of excess wireless capacity from Sprint & T-Mobile to become… Read more »

Devastating Fires in Condos & Apartment Buildings Built to Current Codes

In the wake of many vicious fires that have broken out recently in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and on the Eastern Seaboard, critics are pointing out that many of these fast-moving, devastating fires occurred in buildings that were technically up-to-code. In Rhode Island, the 138-unit Westgate Condominium Building had a working fire alarm and “no… Read more »

Model Fire Codes

There are two major industry standard building codes: International Fire Code (produced by the ICC) and the NFPA Codes and Standards (produced by the National Fire Protection Association). Of the two, the IFC has more widespread adoption, but the codes and standards defined by the NFPA have a strong influence on fire codes in the… Read more »

Princeton, NJ Mayor Calls for Changes to Current Fire Code

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert sent a letter to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), outlining recommendations for changes to the current code for multi-family housing, in a bid to improve fire safety. The DCA is reviewing New Jersey’s construction and fire codes, with input from state municipalities. Interest has been high in the aftermath of… Read more »

Sunrise Beach, MO to update Fire Code

A small village in Missouri with a progressive Fire Protection District, Sunrise Beach, has just held its first reading of proposed updated to the current fire code. Citing the safety of citizens and an effort to improve the district’s insurance service organization rating, Fire Chief Dennis Reilly spearheaded the effort to revise the building code…. Read more »

Massachusetts Adopts New Fire Code Effective January 2015

Massachusetts has adopted a new Comprehensive Fire Safety Code that took effect January 1, 2015. The new code is largely based on the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code, with Massachusetts amendments. In the thirty days since the code took effect, fire officials have reported a smooth transition, thanks in part to the… Read more »

Maine Works with Building Owners to Improve Fire Safety published an excellent story on the importance of fire codes in saving lives. Following a year of deadly fires, public safety officials in Maine have been working proactively with building owners to improve fire safety, and bring their buildings up to code. 25 people died in fires in Maine last year, and non-functioning smoke… Read more »