At the conclusion of my presentation this past Tuesday at NFPA's Conference and Expo on changes to the 2016 editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105, I was approached by an attendee and asked about how and if NFPA 80 is addressing the seismic performance of fire doors. My response? NFPA 80 does not currently contain any language related specifically to the performance or protection of fire doors from seismic events. But the question remains, should it? Is NFPA 80 missing some important protection criteria for fire doors and other opening protectives related to seismic loading/performance?
As Staff Liaison to NFPA 80 I am always interested to hear about new issues in the field and in the industry or something that we may be missing in NFPA 80. What do you think? Do you have any insight or suggestions for how NFPA 80 could address this issue? I am looking forward to learning more about this issue and hearing your input!