The Building Standards Commission has approved the State Fire Marshal Rulemaking to modify the 400′ travel distance and smoke removal for fire operations. This process was started by our industry pointing out that under the last state adoption of the national codes large new industrial buildings would have been limited to being no more than 250’ deep. This limitation would have hurt warehousing operations and development in California. Members of several NAIOP chapters and companies brought the issue to the attention of their Sacramento lobbyists, funded a technical study, and worked over the course of a year to convince regulators to change the code. This would not have been a success without the industrywide collaboration and hard work on this effort.
This code will be effective July 1, 2012. However, locals will be educated and encouraged to consider this as acceptable alternative to existing code via Section 108 (approval of alternate methods).
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