WASHINGTON, DC — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has approved a formal association policy opposing the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) Building Code (NFPA 5000) by federal, state, and local jurisdictions.

The association’s board of governors unanimously approved the policy during its annual convention, held recently in Chicago, IL.

According to BOMA, the organization has been working for several years in support of the International Codes Council’s (ICC’s) efforts to develop a single set of building codes in order to avoid a “patchwork quilt of 50 differing building codes in each of the states.”

“We have concerns with both the development process and the content of the NFPA document, and we are encouraging the ICC and the NFPA to resolve their differences and put forth one single set of comprehensive building codes for the built environment,” said BOMA president Larry Soehren. “Our members will oppose any efforts to promote NFPA 5000 at the federal, state, and local levels in order to ensure that a coordinated and integrated set of building codes are adopted rather than competing, conflicting codes.”

Publication date: 08/05/2002