On the heels of a white paper written and presented by the Building Code Development Committee and a recent article in the NFPA Journal, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish protocols and practices for the use of remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems for code compliance. Technologies for remote inspections include video, photographs, data submission, and other technologies as they become available. The standards are envisioned to be utilized/adopted by jurisdictions seeking to increase efficiencies, cost, time and resources required for inspections while improving safety for inspectors performing inspection duties. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally call for effective contamination control of other foreign matter residue.
NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:
1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing protocol and practices for remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems?
2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council? If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at: Submit online application*
*Note: Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation. Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.
Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, to standards development for remote inspections as describe, by December 15, 2017 at: firstname.lastname@example.org