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FAQs

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding building codes.  Does your door meet the code?

Q. Does the hoistway protection door need to be fire rated and smoke rated?

Yes. Many people think that just because the elevator is fired rated that the hoistway protection door only has to be smoke rated — but this is not true. When providing a swing door for this application, the door must also bear a fire rating. The smoke label is in addition to the fire protection hourly fire rating. Finally, to maintain the fire and smoke rating, the door must also latch.

Q. Why is a vision panel required?

According to the elevator safety code that was adopted in ASME 17.1 Section 2.11.6.3 (d), additional doors or devices (when in the closed position) shall not prevent firefighters from visually observing the elevator landing (lobby) when the elevator hoistway door is no more than one-quarter open.

Q. How does a door need to be tested to comply with UL 1784?

Many door manufacturers have the UL 1784 listing for the header and jambs, but often they have failed the “artificial bottom seal” test. During the UL 1784 test, tape is used across the bottom of the door to seal off the undercut. This allows the jambs and header to be tested for any air leakage. The tape used across the bottom of the door is referred to as an “artificial bottom seal.” Products for this application must show certification of proof that they have been tested without an artificial bottom seal, therefore passing the test.

Q. What type of glass is required?

If the door is fire rated and smoke rated, it must have glass that can support the rating of the door. Installing the incorrect type of glass could mean failure in meeting the code’s intent, and the mistake could be costly.

Q. Where can you find the code?

IBC 2012 Section 713.14.1

Exception No. 3 – Enclosed Elevator Lobbies:

“Enclosed elevator lobbies are not required when additional doors are provided at the hoistway opening in accordance with section 3002.6. Such doors shall comply with the smoke and draft control door assembly requirements in section 716.5.3.1 when tested in accordance with UL 1784 without an artificial bottom seal.”

IBC 2015 Section #3006.2

Hoistway Opening Protection:

“Such doors shall comply with the smoke and draft control door assembly requirements in section 716.5.3.1 when tested in accordance with UL 1784 without an artificial bottom seal.”

IBC 2012 Section #3007.7.3

Fire Service Access Elevator Lobby Doors

IBC 2015 Section #3007.6.3

Fire Service Access Elevator Lobby Doors

“Other than the door to the hoistway, elevator control room or elevator control space, each doorway to a fire service access elevator lobby shall be provided with a ¾-hour door assembly complying with 716.5. The fire door assembly shall also comply with the smoke and draft control door assembly requirements in section 716.5.3.1 when tested in accordance with UL 1784 without an artificial bottom seal.”

IBC 2018 Chapter 30 Elevators and Conveying Systems

3006.2.1 Rated Corridors.

3006.3 Hoistway opening protection, Line No. 3

Additional doors shall be provided at each elevator hoistway door openings in accordance to section 3002.6. Such doors shall comply with the smoke and draft control door assembly requirements in Section 716.2.2.1.1 when tested in accordance with UL 1784 without an artificial bottom seal.

Continuing Education

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Code Requirements for Fire Rated Doors

The role of a fire rated door is to maintain the integrity of a fire rated enclosure in the event of a fire, giving building occupants enough time to exit the burning building. This course is an introduction to fire rated doors and a general review of the fire codes that relate to fire doors and hardware, referencing IBC 2012, 2015, and 2018, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) regulations, and the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines).

AIA/CES Smoke Containment Strategies

The spread of smoke in mid- and high-rise building fires is recognized as a major threat to the safety of the building occupants and responding fire personnel and the effectiveness of firefighting operations. This course explains how smoke migrates in a multi-story building fire and discusses how building codes have evolved to address this danger and why they mandate smoke containment in specific areas of a structure. Product applications and assemblies designed to meet building code requirements and limit vertical smoke migration via elevator hoistways and lobbies are examined.

Certifications

ANSI/BHMA A156.32
Standard for Integrated Door Opening Assemblies

UL EPD
Environmental Product Declaration

Fire/Smoke Rated Doors
ASTM E152, UL 10C, UL 1784, NFPA 252, and UBC standard 7-2 (1997) parts I and II, as well as with Canadian standard CAN4-S104-M80.IBC, ADA compliant and local compliant

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