At last year’s NFPA Conference & Expo, NFPA members voted to reject the idea of increasing the allowable smoke compartment size in hospitals from 22,500 square feet to 40,000 square feet. The proposed change would have been included in the 2015 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.
Despite the outcome, “the premise for the increase in smoke compartment size for new construction remains viable,” writes Ron Coté, principal life safety engineer at NFPA.
In his new column “input Wanted” in the new January/February issue of NFPA Journal, Coté lays out the arguments for and against the provision and why this is an issue that has not yet been resolved. The technical committee plans to continue to look at this issue in the upcoming revision cycle for the 2018 edition of NFPA 101, Coté said.
The closing date for public input is July 6, 2015. Visit nfpa.org/101 and go to the link that reads, “The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input.”
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