GUIDE TO THE USE OF THE ICC PERFORMANCE CODE™ FOR
BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES


  • Procedural Steps for New Buildings

    The following process is an outline for a performance-based design for an entire project or in combination with a prescriptive approach. This procedure for performance-based design extends from design preparation through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. The steps are as follows:

    1. Preparation of a concept report in accordance with Section 103.3.4.2.1 by a qualified design professional.

    2. Design preparation by a design team headed by a qualified principal design professional.

    3. Coordination and verification via the principal design professional as a design team leader, with other design professionals, owners and contractors, when applicable.

    4. Submit plans and supporting documents to the code official that shall identify which portions of the design are performance based and which portions are based on the prescriptive code. The submittal must include deed restrictions proposed to cover future maintenance requirements and special conditions for the life of the building.

    5. Plan review is to be conducted by the code official staff when qualified for performance-based design.

    5.1. When staff is deemed not qualified for a proposed project, acquire qualified contract review services.

    5.2. Peer review is an optional approach for obtaining an additional review that is supplemental to the plan review.

    6. The code official verifies that applicable prescriptive code provisions and performance-based objectives are met. When special inspections are required, ensure that documentation is complete.

    7. The code official approves plans and issues a permit.

    8. The holder of the permit is responsible to construct in accordance with approved plans and documents.

    9. The code official ensures that qualified inspection services are provided and documented where required in accordance with the performance-based code and other applicable codes, and testing requirements are met as follows:

    9.1. Phase inspections [reference International Building Code (IBC) and other International Codes].

    9.2. Special inspection (reference IBC).

    9.3. Testing where required by design documents.

    9.4. Documentation that all requirements are met.

    10. Issue Certificate of Occupancy with applicable conditions, where required by the approved design documents.

    Procedural Steps for Existing Buildings

    For significant remodeling, alterations and additions, the design professional shall:

    1. Examine applicable design documents, deed restrictions and maintenance requirements to determine building requirements where the original design is performance based in nature; prepare a concept report in accordance with Section 103.3.4.2.1.

    2. Any features based on a performance approach need to be clearly differentiated from features of a building or facility designed using a prescriptive approach.

    3. Verify compliance with the operations and maintenance manual.

    4. Prepare a report specifying impact and requirements for the proposed design.

    5. Prepare design documents based upon applicable performance, prescriptive or combination of code provisions and specify which codes are applicable for each portion of the design, including any steps to correct identified deficiencies.

    6. Submit reports to the code official for review and acceptance, similar to procedural steps for a new building.

    For change of use with no proposed physical alteration, the design professional shall:

    1. Document existing building features and systems that impact fire or emergency performance.

    2. Verify compliance with the operations and maintenance manual.

    3. Prepare appropriate design fire scenarios pertinent to the building or facility and actual use, considering existing mitigation strategies and protection features.

    4. Evaluate performance against Section 304, Maximum Level of Damage to Be Tolerated.

    5. Prepare a report detailing impact; design and test systems to the objectives in Part III of this code.

    6. Submit for review and approval in accordance with Chapter 1.

    Flow Chart

    The following chart is provided to give guidance as to how the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities is intended to work. Essentially, this chart walks the user through the steps of applying the code. These steps begin with understanding the administrative process and the objectives of the ICCPC and eventually determining the acceptable methods used to design, construct, test, inspect and maintain the building or facility.