Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date code addressing the mitigation of fire in the wildland-urban interface. The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code®, in this 2015 edition, is designed to bridge the gap between enforcement of the International Building Code® and the International Fire Code® by mitigating the hazard of wildfires through model code regulations, which safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small.
This comprehensive wildland-urban interface code establishes minimum regulations for land use and the built environment in designated wildland-urban interface areas using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on data collected from tests and fire incidents, technical reports and mitigation strategies from around the world. This 2015 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (I-Codes®) published by the International Code Council (ICC)®, including the International Building Code®, International Energy Conservation Code®, International Existing Building Code®, International Fire Code®, International Fuel Gas Code®, International Green Construction Code®, International Mechanical Code®, ICC Performance Code®, International Plumbing Code®, International Private Sewage Disposal Code®, International Property Maintenance Code®, International Residential Code®, International Swimming Pool and Spa Code™, and International Zoning Code®.
The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code provisions provide many benefits, including the model code development process, which offers an international forum for fire safety professionals to discuss performance and prescriptive code requirements. This forum provides an excellent arena to debate proposed revisions. This model code also encourages international consistency in the application of provisions.