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International Fire Code 2012 (IFC 2012)

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701.1 Scope

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701.1 Scope

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  1. The provisions of this chapter shall specify the requirements for fire-resistance-rated construction, except for the enclosing of floor openings and other vertical openings, including but not limited to, shafts and stairways, in new buildings and structures. For vertical opening protection, the applicable provisions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, as adopted by Chapter 120-3-3 of the Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner shall apply. The provisions of this chapter shall also specify the requirements for and the maintenance of safeguards relative to fire resistive construction features in existing buildings and structures.
  2. New construction falling under the scope of 701.1 shall comply with the International Building Code, as adopted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
(Effective January 1, 2014)
Where any components in this chapter are not maintained and do not function as intended or do not have the fire resistance required by the code under which the building was constructed, remodeled or altered, such component(s) or portion thereof shall be deemed an unsafe condition, in accordance with Section 110.1.1. Components or portions thereof determined to be unsafe shall be repaired or replaced to conform to that code under which the building was constructed, remodeled, altered or this chapter, as deemed appropriate by the fire code official.

Where the extent of the conditions of components is such that any building, structure or portion thereof presents an imminent danger to the occupants of the building, structure or portion thereof, the fire code official shall act in accordance with Section 110.2.

The required fire-resistance rating of fire-resistance-rated construction (including walls, firestops, shaft enclosures, partitions, smoke barriers, floors, fire-resistive coatings and sprayed fire-resistant materials applied to structural members and fire-resistant joint systems) shall be maintained. Such elements shall be visually inspected by the owner annually and properly repaired, restored or replaced when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. Where concealed, such elements shall not be required to be visually inspected by the owner unless the concealed space is accessible by the removal or movement of a panel, access door, ceiling tile or similar movable entry to the space. Openings made therein for the passage of pipes, electrical conduit, wires, ducts, air transfer openings and holes made for any reason shall be protected with approved methods capable of resisting the passage of smoke and fire. Openings through fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall be protected by self- or automatic-closing doors of approved construction meeting the fire protection requirements for the assembly.
Required fire-blocking and draftstopping in combustible concealed spaces shall be maintained to provide continuity and integrity of the construction.
Required smoke barriers and smoke partitions shall be maintained to prevent the passage of smoke. All openings protected with approved smoke barrier doors or smoke dampers shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 105.
Required fire walls, fire barriers and fire partitions shall be maintained to prevent the passage of fire. All openings protected with approved doors or fire dampers shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 80.
Opening protectives shall be maintained in an operative condition in accordance with NFPA 80. Where allowed by the fire code official, the application of field-applied labels associated with the maintenance of opening protectives shall follow the requirements of the approved third-party certification organization accredited for listing the opening protective. Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed, or otherwise made inoperable. Fusible links shall be replaced promptly whenever fused or damaged. Fire door assemblies shall not be modified.
Where required by the fire code official, a sign shall be permanently displayed on or near each fire door in letters not less than 1 inch (25 mm) high to read as follows:
  1. For doors designed to be kept normally open: FIRE DOOR—DO NOT BLOCK.
  2. For doors designed to be kept normally closed: FIRE DOOR—KEEP CLOSED.
Hold-open devices and automatic door closers, where provided, shall be maintained. During the period that such device is out of service for repairs, the door it operates shall remain in the closed position.
Swinging fire doors shall close from the full-open position and latch automatically. The door closer shall exert enough force to close and latch the door from any partially open position.
The hanging and displaying of salable goods and other decorative materials from acoustical ceiling systems that are part of a fire-resistance-rated floor/ceiling or roof/ceiling assembly, shall be prohibited.
Horizontal and vertical sliding and rolling fire doors shall be inspected and tested annually to confirm proper operation and full closure. A written record shall be maintained and be available to the fire code official.

703.5 Barrier Identification

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All fire and/or smoke barriers or walls shall be effectively and permanently identified with signs or stenciling above a decorative ceiling and/or in concealed spaces with letters a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm) high on a contrasting background spaced a maximum of 12 feet (3.7 m) on center with a minimum of one per wall or barrier. The hourly rating shall be included on all rated barriers or walls. Suggested wording is, '(__) Hour Fire and Smoke Barrier-Protect All Openings.

703.5.1

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Existing stenciling, acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction, shall be permitted to remain in use. Existing signs, that are not peeling or detaching from the barrier, shall be permitted to remain in use, subject to the approval of the authority having jurisdiction.

(Effective January 1, 2014)

704.1 Enclosure

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704.1 Enclosure

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The provisions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, as adopted by this Chapter 120- 3-3, shall govern the enclosure requirements of vertical shafts, including but not limited to stairways and service and utility shafts that connect two or more stories of a building or structure.
(Refer to Table 102.13, CODES REFERENCE GUIDE)

(Effective January 1, 2014)

704.2 Opening Protectives

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704.2 Opening Protectives

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The provisions of NFPA 80, NFPA 101, and this Code, as adopted by this Chapter 120.3.3, shall govern the protection of openings in fire rated enclosures and barriers, including the self-closing or automatic closing opening protectives.

(Effective January 1, 2014)
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