Chapter 7 of the 2006 IBC- key points

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Chapter 7 of the 2006 IBC:

BACKGROUND:
The types of construction and the fire-resistance requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) are based on the concept of fire endurance. Fire endurance is the length of time during which a fire-resistive construction assembly will confine a fire to a given area, or continue to perform structurally once exposed to fire, or both. In the IBC, the fire endurance of an assembly is usually expressed as a "___-hour fire-resistance-rated assembly."

Chapter 7 prescribes test criteria for the determination of the fire-resistance rating of construction assemblies and components, details of construction of many assemblies and components that have already been tested, and other information necessary to secure the intent of the code as far as the fire resistance and the fire endurance of construction assemblies and components are concerned.

Additionally, Chapter 7 addresses other construction items that must be incorporated into a building's design in order to safeguard against the spread of fire and smoke.

KEY POINTS
"¢ Fire endurance is the basis for the fire-resistance requirements in the IBC.
"¢ Materials and assemblies tested in accordance with ASTM E 119 are considered to be in full compliance with the code.
"¢ Elements required to be fire-resistance-rated include structural frame members, walls and partitions, and floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies.
"¢ Exterior walls of buildings located on the same lot are regulated by the placement of an assumed line between the two buildings.
"¢ Where an exterior wall is located an acceptable fire-separation distance from the lot line, the wall's fire-resistance rating is allowed to be determined based only on interior fire exposure.
"¢ Opening protection presents a higher fire risk than fire-resistance-rated construction insofar as it does not need to meet the heat-transmission limits of ASTM E 119.
"¢ The maximum area of both protected or unprotected openings permitted in each story of an exterior wall is regulated by the fire separation distance.
"¢ The code intends that each portion of a structure separated by a fire wall be considered a separate building.
"¢ The objective of fire walls is that a complete burnout can occur on one side of the wall without any effects of the fire being felt on the opposite side.
"¢ The purpose of a fire barrier is to totally isolate one portion of a floor from another through the use of fire-resistance-rated walls and opening protectives as well as fire-resistance-rated horizontal assemblies.

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