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Texas City Adopts NFPA 5000 Code

QUINCY, Mass. — The city of Pasadena, Texas, voted on March 4 to adopt NFPA 5000™, Building Construction and Safety Code™, which will become effective 90 days from that date. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), its NFPA 5000 code is the first building code to be developed through a process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a key element of the Comprehensive Consensus Codes™ (C3), the first full, integrated set of codes and standards developed through ANSI-accredited processes.

“The city of Pasadena is committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said Pasadena building official Melvin Embry. “By adopting NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, we've also taken an important step forward in public safety.”

NFPA 5000 is said to meet ISO criteria for its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule, making Pasadena and all jurisdictions that adopt it eligible for the maximum points available. ISO evaluates building code and enforcement efforts locally for insurers to assist them in their underwriting and rating of individual properties. In addition to NFPA 5000, Pasadena enforces several other C3 codes, including NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, the Uniform Plumbing Code™, and the Uniform Mechanical Code™.

The C3 set is being developed through a partnership involving NFPA, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). For more information about NFPA 5000 and the C3 set, go to

Publication date: 03/24/2003

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