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This year, NFPA's Association Technical Meeting will begin on Wednesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. and will continue on Thursday, June 13.

Only NFPA members of record as of December 14, 2012 who are currently in good standing are eligible to vote, and must have either a full conference registration or an Association Technical Meeting registration.

600-tcmUnder the rules now in effect, only Certified Amending Motions (with valid sign-in) and proper follow-up motions will be allowed for NFPA documents processed in the Fall 2012 and Annual 2013 Revision Cycles. The agenda for the meeting will be those documents with Certified Amending Motions as indicated in the Report of the Motions Committee on Certified Amending Motions.

The Report of the Motions Committee on Certified Amending Motions for the Fall 2012 Revision Cycle was posted on November 2, 2012. The Motions Committee Report for the Annual 2013 Revision Cycle will be available on May 3, 2013 and the National Electrical Code®, also reporting to the Annual 2013 Revision Cycle, will be posted on the NFPA website no later than May 17, 2013.

Review the list of Fall 2012 and Annual 2013 documents. Learn more about the Standards Development Process.

For functional and safety purposes, many fire doors will need to have glazing, in the form of vision panels.  NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, regulates the size of the glazing allowed in these applications in Table 4.4.5.  The limitation on the size of the glazing is based upon the fire protection rating of the door.  Fire doors with the highest fire protection rating, often limited in their application, are restricted to the smallest amount of glazing that can be in the door leaf.

For the most part, the size of the fire protection glazing is limited to the sized tested by the laboratory and meeting the appropriate test criteria for the doors and glazing installations.  Doors with a 3 hour fire protection rating are limited to 100 sq. in.

Doors containing fire resistance–rated glazing materials fabricated and tested as door assemblies in accordance with NFPA 252, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies, to determine a fire protection rating should be regulated by this standard as a fire door assembly and not as a glazing material permitted in fire door assemblies as prescribed in Section 4.4. Regarding Table 4.4.5, footnote c, consideration should be given to limiting fire protection glazing size in non–temperature rise doors where 60- and 90-minute fire protection is required due to radiant heat hazards.

For free access to NFPA 80, please visit our website. Happy Friday!

-Kristin Bigda


Join NFPA Chief Electrical Engineer Mark Earley on Thursday, April 25 at 2pm EST as he discusses the upcoming 2014 National Electric Code.  This is your chance to get the latest news and updates on the 2014 NEC developments, as well as, ask questions you may have regarding this critical code.

Mark will present key topics, such as:

  • Four new articles in the 2014 NEC:
    • Low Voltage Suspended Ceiling Power Distribution Systems 
    • Modular Data Centers
    • Fire Resistive Cable Systems
    • Energy Management Systems
  • Changes in voltage thresholds
  • Revisions to the green articles in the code:
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
    • Photovoltaic systems
    • Wind Electric Systems

Be sure to join us for this live, interactive discussion. Register now!

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