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I live in Illinois. I had a request from a Bed and Breakfast owner about adding a smoking room in there garage. The garage is not attached to the B&B. Is there any codes out there for this? 
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I am working on a 5-story medical office building project in Ithaca, NY that is Article 28 Business and Ambulatory Health per 2012 NFPA 101. The ambulatory health care program is located on the 3rd floor only and is separated from other areas of the building by 1-hour fire barriers as required for smoke compartment enclosures/fire separation.… (Show more)
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Click to view contentI have a sprinkler riser that was not installed as documented.  It is within the required 48" x 48" stair landing, but is out of the path of egress (if an arc is drawn from the handrail).  I never design this situation (I always allow additional 12" landing depth) because IBC has issued Code Interpretation No. 41-05 stating that nothing can… (Show more)
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A proposed performing arts complex has requested installation of a positive alarm system to prevent unwanted alarm activation during performances that produce fog/ smoke/ etc.   In review of section - Positive Alarm Sequence - it references acknowledgment of the alarm by "trained personnel".  Is there a standard that defines the level of… (Show more)
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why does 2 hour rated wall assembly has only 1.5 hour rated doors?
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I have a safety question for you. Got hit on audit about sign on fire rated door. They want us to train staff on fire door requirements. Where would I find such?
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  Are Placards for gas cylinder storage rooms and any other placards REQUIRED by code to be place ON the door. If yes, would there be any instances that the required size of the placard exceeds the 5% allowed by NFPA 80. I.e. Multiple hazards requiring multiple signs totaling more then 5%. Thank you. Pete
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NFPA 101, Par. 8.6.6 Communicating Space condition #3 “The entire floor area of the communicating space is open and unobstructed, such that a fire in any part of the space will be readily obvious to the occupants of the space prior to the time it becomes an occupant hazard.” Can we install smoke detection system as a equivalency to meet this… (Show more)
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This document is a paper I wrote a few years ago. The idea of patient safety, proper egress is a joke!   Monday, February 22, 2010 James Hamil Allen Hancock College FT 104 Building Construction/ Fire Protection Spring Semester Design Principles Accessibility, Design Pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17               There are many problems with… (Show more)
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Most commercial gas range manufacturers state that their product is for use on a non-combustible floor.  If a restaurant is planned to be installed in a building with an existing wood-framed floor, how can this requirement be handled?  Assuming that the range is installed on legs, would the addition of a sheet of stainless steel under the range… (Show more)
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