The following is a comment from a code consultant pertaining to a new shelled-in unoccupied future procedure room in a new ASC built under the 2012 NFPA 101. Would you please comment on their comments? The building is fully sprinklered. Thank you,
The federal CMS/Joint Commission code requirements for fire and life safety that were not being
met were located at the separation of the shell spaces and the use spaces which
are separate occupancy types. These were not provided as the walls had not been
taped and mudded and were not provided with a 1 hour fire separation. NFPA 101
requires 2 hour separation from non-conforming spaces and allows a 1 hour
reduction if the space has sprinkler and fire detection which these rooms had.
There were also multiple unsealed opening penetrations found. As a side note
effective July 5th, all construction will require a 1 hour separation with 45
minute opening protection. This new requirement will also affect these
"cold" shelled rooms in 4 days.