Codes & Standards

ABOUT CODES & STANDARDS

Codes and standards are designed to help ensure that tenants, employees and visitors to commercial office buildings in Alabama enjoy modern, safe and efficient buildings.  Through efforts to educate policy makers about industry trends and best practices, BOMA/Alabama has fostered a deliberative, cost effective regulatory environment surrounding code revision and adoption wherever and whenever possible.

Not all hazards and emergencies are preventable. Building managers have no ability to stop natural disasters, severe weather, and other catastrophic events.  However, the negative effects and damage of those events can be eliminated or greatly reduces with a comprehensive prevention plan.

Other emergencies, such as accidents, security breaches, theft, fires, acts of crime or terrorism can be prevented with a strategy centering on awareness and deterrence is a strategy to prevent criminal activity. Mechanical failures, unsafe conditions and physical hazards can be reduced or eliminated with a preventative maintenance program. 

 

Assessibility

Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, the US Access Board has been responsible for developing ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the US Department of Justice has been charged with the enforcement responsibility of the portions of the ADA having the most direct impact on commercial real estate.

 

Prevention

Preventing emergencies is a concern for building operators, but good preventative measures involve every employee and occupant of a building. Basic training, clear instructions, thoughtful policies and regular drills for all employees and tenants will reduce the possibility of a disaster, or will minimize loss of an unavoidable emergency.

  • The International Code Council (ICC) is a code development organization that works to develop  a single set of coordinated building and facility codes.  Codes are regularly updated according to a revision cycle and then available for adoption by state and local jurisdictions.  In addition to the IBC, other national model codes and standards dealing specifically with fire and life-safety issues have been published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • Virtually all major cities in the United States have adopted some form of the model International Codes as published by the International Code Council (ICC). Model building codes are regularly updated on three-year cycle, making them predictable as to when to expect changes.
  • Adopting, and transitioning, to a model code in Alabama will take some time and can be a difficult process. While working towards such adoption, BOMA Alabama will continue to foster a deliberative, cost effective regulatory environment wherever and whenever possible.