Coffee Break Training: Building Construction: Part 2: Where Fire Resistance May Be Required   [open pdf - 399KB]

"There are many components that make up modern buildings: construction materials, plumbing systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, fire protection systems and equipment, interior finish materials and furniture. When a building is constructed, the locally adopted building code generally establishes the requirements for life safety and fire protection features. The building designer must create drawings showing that the building is in compliance with the codes; the contractor must construct the building to meet the plan and the codes; and the building and/or fire inspector is responsible to assure the final product complies with the requirements. Not all complete buildings or their components-by the nature of their construction materials, distance from property lines or the intended use-are required to have any fire resistant construction elements. They may be erected of entirely combustible or non-combustible materials without being protected by gypsum drywall, spray-on fire-resistant materials or concrete: the most common means for creating fire resistant construction."

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2009-46
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United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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