can we consider geypsum walls when it come to fire zoning in hospitals, would that be in compliance?
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NFPA 101 is not familiar with the term "fire zoning". Please clarify.
My pet peeve is people using the term "fire zone" like it means something.
According to Cambridge Dictionary, a zone is: "An area, especially one that is different from the areas around it because it has different characteristics or is used for different purposes."
In the context of "fire zone" it could mean an area covered by a group of detectors which produce the same output on an enunciator, an area with the same occupant warning output, a group of detectors on the same short circuit isolator or same addressable loop, an area covered by a single sprinkler control valve, a group of floors supplied by the the same pressure relief station, an area which is treated as a connected space by the smoke control system ...
I could go on.
Every word at some point had no meaning until the persons who used it gave it meaning.
Its like use of the word "exiting". Recently I was presented the word "smoke-stop wall"
NFPA 806, Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Electric Generating Plants Change Process - I understand this is the only NFPA standard that has an official definition for fire zone.
A subdivision of a fire area not necessarily bounded by fire rated assemblies. Fire zone can also refer to the subdivision of a fire detection or suppression system, which provide alarm indications at the central alarm panel.
Thanks for that quote from NFPA 806, I hadn't seen that before. I think it shows how many different concepts could apply to the term "Fire Zone". According to NFPA 806, it could be a detection zone, or a suppression zone and I would say it could equally well be a occupant warning zone or a smoke control zone. I think in the OP's case it's none of these, as he is referring to the area enclosed by fire resisting walls as "Fire Zones".
My point is that "Fire Zone" could mean so many different things that it is a meaningless term.
It was also interesting that NFPA 806 has an official definition for fire area, but NFPA 101 does not.
An area that is physically separated from other areas by space, barriers, walls, or other means in order to contain fire within that area.
There are eleven NFPA codes or standards that have a definition for fire area except for NFPA 101 which was the OP's choice of code. If we were to use both these definitions in a hospital, then each and every room with a floor, ceiling, walls, and doors(s) would be a "fire zone"
Every word at some point had no meaning until the persons who used it gave it meaning. If Nadar is still listening to this discussion, please clarify your meaning of "fire zoning".
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