Can anybody help? A number of subsections within NFPA 101 have the clause text as (reserved) only. DoEs anybody know what this means? Can you point me to the section which gives a definitive description of what it means? Thanks!
Michael: I have the following educated guess to your question: I discovered in the 2000 LSC, Chapter 6 identified section 126.96.36.199 as "Small Assembly Uses". I noticed in the 2003, 2006, 2009 and in the 2012 LSC codes NFPA identifies secton 188.8.131.52 as follows: "Other (Reserved)". I noticed that NFPA uses Other (Reserved) in subsections where the definition changed for a specific Chapter, they elected to keep the preceding section number in lieu of deleted the paragraph or paragraphs. If you go to Chapter 1 of the LSC you will see the following title: NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2012 edition .Note: They have this note in all of the NFPA 101 LS Codes from 2000 to present code. The associated paragraphs provide an explanation for an Asterisk, Bullet and brackets, but it does not explain why they decided to Reserve some subsections and delete others.
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Thanks for your input Willie. Much appreciated.
I find it slightly bizzare, that an organisation who is responsible for so many thoroughly detailed and descriptive (and helpful!) codes have neglected to offer a definitive description of this clause omission.
Hi Michael, thanks for your question. The term "(Reserved)" in NFPA 101 is used as a placeholder, primarily to maintain the parallel formatting of the new and existing occupancy chapters. In other cases, it's used just to maintain the current paragraph numbering scheme where provisions have been deleted so as to not require chapters or sections to be completely renumbered. In short, it doesn't mean much of anything. I think the code doesn't describe what it means because nobody has considered that it might create confusion. If you think additional explanation is needed, I would encourage you to participate in the process. You have the ability to submit public inputs and public comments on NFPA 101, and any other NFPA code or standard, via the applicable document information page (e.g., www.nfpa.org/101 for the Life Safety Code).
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