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2023 TVSFE Annual Seminar: Significant Changes to the IFC/IBC, IFC Hazardous Materials, and IEBC Analysis

  • 04/17/2023
  • 04/18/2023
  • 2 sessions
  • 04/17/2023, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04/18/2023, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Bearden Banquet Hall [5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919]


  • Municipal code officials, firefighters and fire marshals only
  • Students authorized by Dr. Icove or TVSFPE Board only

Significant Changes to the IFC/IBC, IFC Hazardous Materials, and IEBC Analysis

Presented by John Swanson, National Fire Sprinkler Association

See TVSFPE 2023 Annual Seminar.pdf

TVSFPE will host a two-day course covering  three topics. The first topic will address significant changes to the IFC/IBC. Participants will learn the significant changes to the most recent editions of the International Fire Code and International Building Code related to fire protection. A chapter by chapter analysis along with changes from one edition to the next will be discussed to reflect these changes have on designers, building owners and authorities having jurisdiction.

The second topic will cover the International Existing Building Code and will analyze the basic building code, fire sprinkler installation requirements and correlation issues. Additionally, the IEBC topic will address different methods to provide increased fire protection without increased construction cost, and discuss code requirements and design advantages in current model codes.

The last topic will address International Fire Code hazardous material requirements. The course will cover the IFC/IBC requirements applicable to storage, use, dispensing, and handling of hazardous materials. Topics to be discussed include: defining the different terms used in the IFC related to hazardous materials (maximum allowable quantity, control area, storage vs. use-closed system vs. use open system, etc.); benefits that fire sprinklers provide with dealing with hazardous materials and maximum allowable quantities; specific criteria based on occupancy classification.


Mr. John Swanson is a codes and standards specialist at National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) who previously spoke at the 2019 TVSPFE Seminar on NFPA 72 and Significant IFC Changes between 2012, 2015, and 2018. He is a former Deputy Fire Marshall with the state of Minnesota who has over 20 years of experience in the fire protection and life safety industry, including 6 years of experience as an International Code Council Contract Instructor. 


This seminar will be held at the Bearden Banquet Hall: 5806 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919.

Seminar registration cost is $500 for professionals and $250 for fire service and state/municipal code officials. The registration cost does not include travel or lodging expenses.  Registration and payment deadline is April 7th, 2023.  You will receive a confirmation of receipt of registration form and payment. A receipt and map/directions (if requested) will accompany the confirmation. Please register online or mail the completed registration form, with payment, to:
TVSFPE 2023 Seminar c/o Michael Shehane
1310 Centerpoint Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37932

The seminar will consist of a morning session and an afternoon session each day with a lunch break in between. The morning sessions will begin at 8:00AM and end at approximately 11:30AM each day. There will be a one hour lunch break from 11:30PM to 12:30PM. The afternoon sessions will begin at 12:30PM and end at approximately 4:00PM each day.

***Class materials will be provided electronically. Personal laptops are recommended.***

The seminar is an excellent opportunity to accumulate CEUs or PDHs. This seminar will provide 13 continuing education credits. The State of TN has approved 13 CEUs for Fire Inspector and Building Inspector. Participants will receive a training packet, related lecture notes, breakfast and lunch both days, and a
certificate of completion for the course.

For any questions about registration, seminar details and/or the TVSFPE in general contact Andrew Tinsley (865) 660-8349, Andrew.tinsley@tvsfpe.org.

A portion of seminar proceeds will be applied to the TVSFPE Scholarship Fund, which allows us to provide an annual scholarship to students pursuing formal education in the field of fire protection.

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