2021 ICC Performance Code® for Buildings and Facilities
The purpose of the ICC Performance Code® for Buildings and Facilities (ICCPC) is to promote innovative, flexible and responsive solutions that optimize the expenditure and consumption of resources while preserving social and economic value.
This approach is unique to the structure of a performance-based code. The methodology employed in performance-based codes focuses on outcomes. In other words, a performance code approach would identify and quantify the level of damage that is acceptable during and after a fire, earthquake or other event. Generally but not in all cases, the current prescriptive code focuses on solutions that achieve a certain outcome.
A performance-based code creates a framework that both clearly defines the intent of the code and provides a process to understand quantitatively what the code is trying to achieve. Without this framework, the above techniques would be fairly difficult to accomplish and new methods of construction take longer to implement.
This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a performance code that adequately protect public health, safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.