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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 722.214.171.124 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 7126.96.36.199 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 7188.8.131.52 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 7184.108.40.206.1 when tested in accordance with UL 1784 without an artificial bottom seal.
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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).
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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.
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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