By Juli Case
The state of California recently adopted the International Building Code (IBC), but made a key change to the section on structural requirements for tents. Rather than referencing Chapter 16 of the IBC, it uses language that has been tentatively identified as originating in an old version of NFPA 102. This could potentially lead to the problem of tent installers needing two different sets of engineering calculations. The IFAI Code Committee communicated with the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) and has been advised that the CSFM is aware of the discrepancy. The problem will be addressed in future revisions. In the meantime, tent installers are advised to use Chapter 16 of the IBC and to contact the CSFM should they have issues with local officials.