When i have a communicating door between 2 hotel Sleeping Rooms, where the door need to be rated, do both doors need to be rated or one of the doors is enough since the opening will be protected, or both doors need to be rated?
Do the doors need to be rated at all? It would seem the reason for these doors are to create a larger family suite, thus the doors would be open? The ratings in 101 are directed at the doors and walls that make up and enter the exit access corridor. maybe a building code requirement for room to room separation?
NFPA 80 in Annex A, A.126.96.36.199 states (more towards the end) Another example where the AHJ can omit the requirement for a closer involves communicating doors between hotel/motel sleeping rooms. In this instance, when the communicating rooms are occupied by separate parties, the communicating doors are part of the guest room separation and normally would be closed. However, if the suite of rooms is occupied by a single party, the communicating doors are no longer part of the guest room separation because the suite of rooms would be considered a single guest room.
Are you asking for new or existing
Would it be different for existing?
Would it be different for existing?"""
For existing, would have to meet code the building was built under.
Yes if the wall between the two rooms are rated one hour, than at least one of the doors would be required to be a labeled 20 minute door.
Thanks, this is what I was looking for!
NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code requires 20-minute doors in this location, and also exempts these doors from being self-closing. The NFPA 101 Handbook explains that the fire separation between sleeping rooms is necessary to confine a fire to the room of fire origin. The Handbook also includes some insight into whether one or both doors are required to be labeled fire doors: “The requirement for a fire barrier separation between the rooms, therefore, necessitates the use of a fire protection–rated door assembly for at least one of the doors in any guest room-to-guest room opening.” Although the Handbook is not technically part of the code, many AHJs rely on it to assist with code interpretations.
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