NFPA 76 Telecommunications Facilities:
For new Telecom Rm buildout in an existing office bldg., is there a fire rating reqd for the Telecom Rm walls? (I don't have NFPA 76)
You may want to start in NFPA 101 and see how they require protecting the existing office space from the new Tele-com area? I'm not familiar with NFPA 76, but most of the time 101 drives the protection requirements.
I am just wondering if the telecom room in a business fits the scope of NFPA 76?
Excerpt from the scope of NFPA 76:
...This standard provides requirements for fire protection of telecommunications facilities where telecommunications services such as telephone (landline, wireless) transmission, data transmission, internet transmission, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) transmission, and video transmission are rendered to the public...
...Telecommunications facilities are referred to as telephone exchanges in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 classifies telephone exchanges as special-purpose industrial occupancies, and the 2012 edition of NFPA 5000 classifies telephone exchanges as industrial occupancies. 1.1.1 Telecommunications facilities include signal processing equipment areas, cable entrance facility areas, power areas, main distribution frame areas, standby engine areas, technical support areas, administrative areas, and building services and support areas occupied by a telecommunications service provider. 1.1.2* This standard shall specifically exclude small outdoor structures that are normally unoccupied and that house telecommunications equipment, including on-grade, walk-in cabinets, on-grade huts, cell huts, and controlled environmental vaults (CEVs)...
Thanks, will ck out 101 to see if it is covered there.
for Milton.Werner: I was able to "free read" read NFPA 76 on NFPA "Free Access". 76 does address my questions regarding fire rating of walls, and also provides more info regarding fire rated dr & other aspects of building a telecom rm. See sections 8.3 thru 18.104.22.168.2. Thanks for your reply.
I agree with your approach to NFPA 76 Section 8.3. This section reads:
"The telecommunications facility shall be separated from other occupancies within the building by fire-resistance-rated construction, which is commensurate with the exposure but not less than 1 hour."
NFPA Section A.8.3 explains the intent of the code with the following:
"Compartmentation is provided to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between the telecommunications facility and other building occupancies"
Therefore, I would interpret this section as requiring a minimum 1-hour fire-resistance rating for the walls.
I think Milton makes a great point about the applicability of NFPA 76 with your scope. I would recommend also reviewing the scope of NFPA 75 to see which standard is more applicable for your project. These standards are often misused for one another.
Hopefully this helps!
Don't forget to reference your local building and fire codes. I've recently been reminded just how different the International Codes are from NFPA.
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