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NFPA and IFC Stationary Battery Code Changes for 2018

Randy Schubert

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Code (IFC) regulations concerning stationary batteries underwent major changes in 2016 with incorporation of several proposals for additional restrictions and limitations on battery systems. The changes were driven in part by fire officials and insurance companies concerns with the growing deployment of lithium ion batteries within city buildings along with an unfamiliarity with safety aspects associated with battery chemistries from a fire-fighting perspective. The IFC Fire Code Action Committee internally re-wrote Section 608 of the IFC and NFPA-1 Fire Code Technical Committee developed similar changes to Chapter 52 of NFPA-1 with limited user or manufacturer input.

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