ICC 500 is referred to in the 2009, 2012 and 2015 editions of the International Building Code and the International Residential Code as the governing standard for the design and construction of storm shelters.  Additionally, the 2015 edition of the IBC requires buildings with certain types or functions and geographic locations to be built with a storm shelter, including 911 call stations, emergency operations centers, police stations, fire/rescue/ambulance stations and K-12 school buildings with a capacity of 50 or more occupants.  ICC 500 provides the minimum requirements to safeguard public health, safety, and general welfare relative to the design, construction, and installation of storm shelters constructed for protection from high winds associated with tornadoes and hurricanes. This standard is intended for adoption by government agencies and organizations for use in conjunction with model codes to achieve uniformity in the technical design and construction of storm shelters.

This session will focus on the IBC 2015 requirements, ICC/NSSA-500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, FEMA 361 Community Shelter Guideline and FEMA 320 Residential Guideline.

Presenter:  Larry Tanner, Research Assistant Professor, National Wind Institute

Larry Tanner has spent his professional life in the field of architectural and engineering design and construction. He has been owner and partner of several AE firms and maintains a consulting practice in AE Forensics. Public sector work includes directorship of the Office of Facility Planning and Construction at Texas Tech University, lecturing in the College of Engineering, and managing the NWI Debris Impact Test Facility.  Among his many publications are Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters and Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms.  He has also participated in storm investigations and documentation after Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike and many more.

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